City of Boston scholarship fund
Interested in exploring higher education? If so, there are many programs in the City of Boston to make that dream possible.
To apply for the scholarship, you must be a Boston resident for at least two years at the date of application.WHO CAN APPLY
The scholarship is for new college students AND continuing education students who plan to attend a post-secondary school in Massachusetts. By the time scholarships are awarded, you must have either:
- graduated from high school, or
- completed a GED program.
Please note: this is a need-based scholarship.
You need to plan to enroll as a full-time student in a two-year or four-year university or college in Massachusetts.
Do you plan to go to community college? Our Tuition-Free Community College program is likely the best fit for you.CONTINUING EDUCATION STUDENTS
You must plan to enroll in undergraduate classes at a two or four-year university, an accredited trade school, or a vocational school in Massachusetts.
You need to have a gap in education of two years or more as a non-student in your adult life. You also must be within two years of completing your educational goal.
How to apply
You must complete the application online. Your recommender must also fill out a separate recommendation form.PREPARE TO APPLY
Before applying, you should be prepared to give us:
- a copy of your most recent transcript
- answers to three short questions
- one recommendation form from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community member (they will submit the form separately)
- your Student Aid Report, and
- your Student Award Letter from your college or university.
We created a simple, one-page recommendation letter that tests for college and career readiness. This can be submitted separately from the rest of the application.
We replaced the essay with three short questions you need to answer on these topics:
- A question on financial circumstances
- A reflective question
- A question looking toward the future
We added an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculator for students not eligible for FAFSA.
We defined what a continuing education student looks like. There’s now a separate section of the application for those students.
Last year, we received more than 400 applications for the City of Boston Scholarship. We usually award about 30 students each year.AWARD AMOUNT AND LENGTH
New college students receive $10,000 over the course of four years ($2,500 for each year). Continuing education students receive $5,000 over the course of two years ($2,500 for each year).ELIGIBILITY
You will remain eligible as long as you remain in good academic standing with your school and still demonstrate financial need.
After reviewing your application, we will invite a group of semi-finalists to an in-person interview in mid-May. This will take place at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, in Roxbury. We plan to notify selected applicants by the end of May.CITY OF BOSTON SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
The committee makes the final decision on who is awarded scholarships. Over the last 20 years, we’ve given more than 1,000 residents financial support to further their education.
The fund relies on generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations. Contact us at COBscholarship@boston.gov, or send a check for the "City of Boston Scholarship Fund" to the address below:
City of Boston Scholarship Fund
Attn: Cathy Downey
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square, Room 608
Boston MA 02201
We also accept online donations via credit card or e-check:
- Mohamed Abanoor, Gallaudet University
- Stanley Aneke, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Jacqueline Arroyave Jimenez, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Dulce Bernal, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Quyen Bui, Clark University
- Soukayna Chouman, Simmons University
- Nasir DaCruz, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Samsam Dahir, Simmons University
- Jessica Flores, Lesley University
- Lisandra Francisco, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Rebecca Francois, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Kendell French, Bridgewater State University
- Joshua Gbedema, Regis College
- Celine Gomes, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Ny Ho, Northeastern University
- Henry Huynh, Northeastern University
- Florkenthia Jolibois, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Tyissha Jones, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Mame Khadi Toure, Cambridge College
- Sarah Lawton, Suffolk University
- Denise Lewis, Northeastern University
- Rebecca MacLean, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Michael McKinney, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Jose Mendoza, Lesley University
- Meliak Oldjira, Boston University
- Amairis Perez Mejia Stonehill College
- Ilannysh Rodriguez, Brandeis University
- Justin Seymour-Welch, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Rakiya Sheikh Ali, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Mark Walsh, Northeastern University
- Mercedez Washington, Framingham State University
- Minting Zeng, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Twenty-five percent of our scholars were born outside of the United States.
- Seventy-two percent are the first in their family to attend college.
- Ninety-four percent of our students identified as people of color.
- Seventy-five percent of our scholars also went to Boston Public Schools