The Foundation manages over 90 scholarship funds and awarded $565,000 in 2023-24.


We aim to lessen the barriers to seeking a quality education in New Hampshire.

Thanks to many generous donors, The Foundation can offer financial assistance to students pursuing a certificate or associate degree at any of NH’s community colleges.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

The Foundation offers three scholarship cycles, and students must apply each semester to be considered for support. Please note, you must be enrolled in classes before you can complete the application.

The summer cycle is very limited as most scholarships are held for the fall and spring semesters.


Opens: April 1

Closes: June 29


Opens: July 1

Closes: Varies by College


Opens: November 1

Closes: Varies by College

Frequently asked questions

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The Foundation administers over 90 scholarships established by generous donors. We have need- and merit-based scholarships, awards for specific majors, and scholarships for students from certain towns. With so many scholarships available, one will surely be right for you. Click here for a complete list of scholarships.

We encourage everyone to submit a scholarship application, regardless of your major, GPA, financial need, or enrollment status (part-time or full-time).

Fortunately, you do not have to submit multiple scholarship applications. You will complete a General Scholarship Application in AwardSpring, which auto-matches your answers to criteria from over 90 scholarships.  Some scholarships may require additional information (e.g., short essays, letters of recommendation, etc.). Once you complete the General Application, return to your AwardSpring Dashboard to determine if additional information is needed.

The application takes less than TEN minutes because your essential information (e.g., name, address, degree, major, etc.) is automatically transferred.                       

Not all scholarships require a FAFSA. However, we recommend that you complete a FAFSA as it can identify additional financial assistance that may be available to you.

Yes. Receiving a Pell Grant does not disqualify you from receiving a scholarship. In most cases, scholarship funds are available only for tuition, fees, and books, but a Pell Grant can be used for living expenses during your time as a student.

Absolutely! We have several scholarships that support academic excellence. If you are ineligible for financial aid, you may qualify for other scholarships if you demonstrate financial need.

The Committee generally reviews applications and selects scholarship recipients within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.

You will receive an award notification at your CCSNH student email if you are selected for a scholarship. No email is sent if you are not selected for an award.

Scholarship awards are posted directly to your student account. If your account is fully paid, you may receive a refund to support other college expenses.  

Letters of thanks are very meaningful to our donors.  Click here for a Guide to Writing a Thank You.

Let’s get started! Click the link below to complete the general scholarship application and AwardSpring will connect you to eligible scholarship opportunities.  Be sure to check your AwardSpring dashboard to see if additional information is required (e.g., short essay, reference, etc.).


Are you new to AwardSpring? This guide will walk you through the process of applying for scholarships managed by The Foundation.

Additional Resources

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the state’s largest provider of publicly available scholarships. It has a rolling deadline for students enrolled in an associate degree, certificate, or professional licensure program. Awards range from $100 to $3,500 depending on financial need. Applicants will be notified of the results within six weeks after submission.


The 2024 Granite Edvance Scholarship is offering over $500,000 in scholarships for New Hampshire residents attending two-year and certificate trade programs. Awards range from $1,000 – $5,000. The application is open through May 31, 2024. Winners will be announced in July.


The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region residents. Their deadline is April 1, 2024.


We encourage you to check with your financial aid office for additional scholarship opportunities. Some colleges award scholarships outside of AwardSpring.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark
Development Coordinator