Charles D. Baker II Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Charles D. Baker IV to honor the memory of his grandfather, Charles D. Baker II, who, despite experiencing significant hardships in his life, approached each day and challenge in life with persistence, optimism, and grace. Charles D. Baker II never had the opportunity to pursue higher education but served his country with distinction, ensuring that each of his children completed their college studies.


  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in good standing at the University of Massachusetts—freshmen, sophomores, or juniors
  • Must be a permanent resident of Massachusetts and a United States citizen
  • Scholarship is open to all majors


All Presidential Scholarship applications must be completed and submitted via UMass Amherst AcademicWorks before the deadline of March 1. Your Net ID credentials are your log in.

Your online application will prompt you to include:

  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation, uploaded by your named recommender
  • Essay titled "Learning from Life's Lessons" (up to 750 words). The essay should emphasize the importance of persistence and optimism and address:
    1. A difficult time in your life and what it was that made it difficult.
    2. How your perspective on life changed as a result of this difficulty.

Award Details:

The scholarship provides one or more awards each year.