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Should I apply for national scholarships or just stick with the local opportunities?

A few of the largest databases of national scholarships can be found online at, collegeboard

org,,, and Scholarships are free money; so, why not apply to as many as you can? But it is important to remember that these are national opportunities that will have much bigger applicant pools. Still, if your credentials or background fits the program, go for it! Somebody has to win, why not you?  Often students report that the majority of scholarship dollars came from local opportunities which presented a much higher chance of award.

Where can I find local scholarship opportunities?

Students often find great success in searching locally for college scholarships.  Your school’s guidance office will have the most comprehensive source for local and regional scholarships.

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding over $5 million to 1,700 promising students each year. Some of the Foundation’s scholarship programs are:
Statewide Student Aid Program- For students between the ages of 17 and 23 enrolling in a four-year degree program or graduate students of any age.  Applications are typically due on April 15th.

Career Aid for Technical Students-  For students between the ages 17 and 23 who have completed high school or earned a GED and plan to attend a two-year or other short-term training program.

The Medallion Fund- For students of any age who are pursuing short term vocational or technical studies in fields such as automotive technology, plumbing, heating, construction, etc.

NHHEAF Scholarship Website:

NH Charitable Foundation:

Local Scholarship Opportunities:

Local scholarships are posted as they come in, with the majority coming in January and February.  Please keep checking this website for the most updated information.

Frank Cunningham Trust

This scholarship is in the amount of $600 to be awarded to needy and worthy Catholic boys and girls residing in Dover who wish to obtain a professional, business or commercial education. This scholarship may be allocated between multiple applicants or a single applicant. Most applicants are for four year programs but could be for any post secondary program. Submit application to James Schulte, Esquire, Bruton & Berube, PLLC                 601 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820
Deadline: May 15, 2022

The William Loeb Athlete Scholar Award 

This award will be presented to a senior athlete who displays an outstanding balance of academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments. A school may nominate more than one student for this honor. An independent panel of judges will select the award recipient.

See application for complete details. Mail to: Union Leader Charitable Fund C/O NH Union Leader,  Attn: Community Relations,  PO Box 9555 Manchester, NH 03108

Deadline: January 1, 2022

The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship offers renewable, four year scholarships to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a consistent history of part time work, grit and passion for overcoming obstacles and/or achieving future goals, and leadership qualities.
Visit for information about applying for the scholarship.
Regular deadline: May 2, 2022 @ 12:00 noon.
Early response deadline: April 4, 2022@ 12:00 noon.