Scholarships for Massachusetts Community College Graduates

The University of Massachusetts Amherst encourages all students who may be eligible to apply for the following scholarships. The scholarships are awarded by a committee; decisions are based on the overall competitiveness of the applicant pool. Since many of the scholarships are income-based, applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as it provides important information about one’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Honors-to-Honors Scholarship ($6,000/year)

This scholarship is intended for first-generation or low-income students completing a Commonwealth Honors Program and enrolling in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website at: http://www.umass.edu/admissions/hhfaq

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident

  • First-generation or low-income

  • Be completing an approved MassTransfer program or Additional Transfer Agreement program

  • Be completing a Commonwealth Honors Program or have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA

  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college

  • Join the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

Flagship Award ($6,000/year)

This scholarship recognizes first-generation or low-income college students graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records who have contributed in a positive way within their community or family. Factors like extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, community service, and work experience are all taken into consideration by the scholarship committee.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident

  • First-generation or low-income

  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts community college

Community College Academic Honors Scholarship ($2,500/year)

This scholarship rewards Massachusetts residents graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records. The award is based on both GPA and overall academic rigor. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website at: http://www.umass.edu/admissions/ccahsfaq

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident

  • Have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA

  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts public community college

  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college

 

How to Apply

Complete the scholarship application. The essay component is very important; other than your academic transcript, this is the only way the scholarship committee can learn more about you.

You may also send letters of recommendation, a résumé, or other information that will be helpful to the scholarship committee in making their decision. Please do not send academic projects or lengthy papers.

The committee will make its final decisions and notify recipients in June (for the fall semester) or mid-December (for the spring semester).

 

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Scholarship applications must be postmarked by the following dates:

Spring semester – December 1*

Fall semester – April 15 *

*Applications submitted after the deadlines are considered if additional awards are available.

 

How to Submit Your Application

Mail: Undergraduate Admissions Office, UMass Amherst, 37 Mather Drive, Amherst, MA 01003

Email (preferred method): mail@admissions.umass.edu

Fax: (413) 545-4312