In addition to the Pell and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs administered by the Financial Aid Office, there are many other sources of scholarship or grant aid. These programs all have their own eligibility, application, and/or deadline requirements. Many are restricted and some are very competitive, but they are all worth investigating.
Great Bay Community College offers:
The Governor Walter Peterson Scholarships were established in 2013 to honor New Hampshire's former Governor (1969 to 1973). Governor Peterson, a strong supporter of higher education in New Hampshire, recognized the importance of both access and affordability to a quality higher education for all of the state's residents. The scholarships are generously supported by Great Bay's Education Partners.
The scholarships are for new students, beginning in the fall of 2013. Awards are up to $4000 over two years: $1000 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester), and $500 per semester for part-time enrollment (6 to 11 credits per semester). To apply, complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and the Governor Walter Peterson Scholarship Application, available here.
The New Hampshire Valedictorian Scholarship is a one-year full-tuition scholarship, granted to the designated Valedictorian at any New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)-accredited high school. The designation as Valedictorian must be based on the student's cumulative grade point average, and the student must enroll as a matriculated student at Great Bay Community College within fifteen months of high school graduation.Download application here. Please see Admissions for further information.
The Student Senate at Great Bay Community College sponsors the Star Scholarship for continuing Great Bay Community College students. Applicants must be matriculated, have completed at least six credit hours GBCC, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and have completed the application process. Scholarships are awarded in the categories of Academic Excellence and Promotion of the Major at Great Bay. The application deadline is mid- to late-April for the following academic year. Applications are available in the Student Life Office and at the One Stop College Services counter.
The David A. Copestakes Memorial Scholarship is available for a student in the Great Bay Biotechnology program. The recipient must be a New Hampshire resident, and must submit an application and cover letter to the CCSNH Foundation. For additional information and applications, see www.ccsnh.edu/foundation.
Other foundations and organizations sponsor these scholarships, which may be used at Great Bay Community College:
The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship is for matriculated students with financial need, who are permanent residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine or Massachusetts towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Applications are processed through the CCSNH Foundation, and are due in late July for the following academic year. See www.ccsnh.edu/foundation for additional information and applications.
The CCSNH Employee-Sponsored Scholarship is for a student enrolling in the college after being out of school at least five years. An applicant should be a full-time or part-time student who has completed at least 12 credit hours, and has a grade point average of at least 2.5. Applications are processed through the CCSNH Foundation, and are due in late July for the following academic year. See www.ccsnh.edu/foundation for additional information and applications.
The NASA/Public Service of New Hampshire Scholarship (PSNH) is for full or part-time students who are enrolled in CCSNH associate or certificate programs in STEM fields - (science, engineering, mathematics and technology). The award is open to all students in a STEM or STEM -related field. NASA and PSNH value diversity and strongly encourage underrepresented and nontraditional students, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for these scholarships. Applicants should show a past and ongoing interest in pursuing a STEM career.
Applications are processed through the CCSNH Foundation, and are due in late June and mid-October for the following semester . See www.ccsnh.edu/cc-nh-foundation-scholarships for additional information and applications. New awards are made each semester, and are $1500 per semester in 2013-14. . Applicants must be a citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
The Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program: CCSNH partners with the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services to offer tuition assistance to child care providers who are entering or are currently in the field of Early Care and Education. Individuals who provide family child care, or work at least part time in a child care setting in New Hampshire, may be eligible to receive tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered at Great Bay. Additional information is available at www.ccsnh.edu/ece.
The Adult Student Aid Program, sponsored by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, is designed to help students who have had little post-high school education. The program supports students returning to school to upgrade skills for employment or career advancement, to qualify for a degree program or make a career change. Awards range from $100 to $500 per academic term. There are three application periods per year, with deadlines of August 15, December 15, and May 15. Applications are available online at www.nhcf.org and from NHCF, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301.
The Foundation for Seacoast Health (www.ffsh.org ) awards scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000 each year. Candidates must be pursuing a health-related field of study in a degree program in an accredited institution of learning. Awards are based on academic achievement, community service, and dedication to health related field of study.
Career Aid for Technical Students (CATS) is grant aid for postsecondary career and technical students, based on financial need, motivation and demonstrated ability in the applicant's chosen field. The program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF.) Applications are available online at www.nhcf.org and from the CATS Program, NHCF, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301.
The Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust sponsors grants for New Hampshire residents in nursing, medicine, social work or related fields programs. The Financial Aid Office has applications.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 400 scholarships of $1,000 and $2,000 each to students attending two-year higher education institutions. The application deadline is May 31. Eligibility requirements are available at www.coca-colascholars.org.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund sponsors grants for students of Hispanic heritage. For more information, see www.hsf.net.
The New England Fiberoptic Council sponsors up to five $1,000 merit-based scholarships each year, for New England community college students who have completed at least 12 credits, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and are enrolled in an Associates Degree program that includes at least one required course in fiber optics. The application deadline is mid-March for the following academic year. Information and applications are available atwww.fiberfest.com.
The New England College Council sponsors annual scholarships for students at member institutions, including Great Bay Community College. Candidates must have completed at least 30 credit hours toward their first Associate's degree, and must be planning to graduate within one year. The application deadline is usually late April. Additional information is available in the Financial Aid Office.
Skrungloo Farm, Inc. sponsors scholarships for New Hampshire students with financial need, academic merit, community service or school activities. The application deadline is usually March 1 for the following academic year; additional information and applications are available in the Financial Aid Office, or from Skrungloo Farm, Inc., c/o Bianco Professional Association, 18 Centre Street, Concord NH 03301.
Foundation for Seacoast Health sponsors the Steven Cutter Award for an outstanding undergraduate student pursuing a health-related career. Applicants must be from Greenland, Portsmouth, Newington, New Castle, North Hampton, or Rye, New Hampshire or Eliot, Kittery, or York, Maine, and demonstrate academic achievement and community service. The application deadline is usually February 1 for the following academic year.
The Portsmouth Garden Club and the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands Urban Forestry Center sponsor the Festival of Trees Scholarship for students demonstrating the ability to succeed in a natural resources or horticulture course of study by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average for a minimum of two semesters. The application deadline is usually early April for the following academic year. Additional information is available from the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Applications are available on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation website: www.nhcf.org.
The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Business Women's Association awards annual scholarships to women in the second year of an accredited vocational, technical or community college. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Applications are due late March, for the following academic year. Information is available in the Financial Aid Office.
The Millennium Scholars Program, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides tuition funding for outstanding low-income minority students. For information and applications, go to www.gatesfoundation.org.
The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation sponsors Education Support Awards for low-income women and children. Information and applications are available at www.patsyminkfoundation.org.
Talbots Women's Scholarships are for students who finished high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago. For more information, go to www.talbots.com and search for scholarship.
Worldwide AIGA Scholarships are for economically-disadvantaged students of applied art. For more information, got to www.worldstudio.org.
These scholarships are limited to students with a military connection. See the individual programs for specific eligibility and application requirements and on Great Bay's Military/Veterans website page, www.greatbay.edu/militaryvets.
The Air Force Aid Society sponsors the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grants for selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for undergraduate studies. Awards are in the amount of $2,000 per academic year. The application deadline is early March for the following academic year. Additional information and applications are available at www.afas.org.
The Educational Assistance Program of Army Emergency Relief sponsors scholarship programs for the children and spouses of Army soldiers on active duty, retired, or deceased while on active duty or after retirement. Information and applications are available at www.aerhq.org. The application deadline is March 1 for the following academic year.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for higher education to sons and daughters of United States Marines and former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action. Information and applications are available at www.mcsf.org.
The State of New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission sponsors scholarships for the children of veterans of the US armed forces who died while on active duty in an armed conflict, or who died of a service-related disability. Additional information is available at www.state.nh.us/postsecondary.
Information about Veterans Benefits (GI Bill Benefits) is available at www.gibill2.va.gov or from 1-888-442-4551.