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Last updated: 3/13/17

City of Boston scholarship fund

Through the fund, we award college students $2,500 each academic year to help pay for school.


Our students are the foundation of Boston’s future. By investing in them and ensuring that they obtain college degrees, we invest in the future of our City.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Interested in applying? Please fill out the application below. To complete the application, you need to attach a few different documents.

Please keep in mind: you need to give us your completed application by May 5.

Complete the scholarship application

Still have questions?

If you have questions about the fund, or are interested in making a donation, please contact us at


City of Boston residency

To apply for the scholarship, you must be a Boston resident. You also need to have graduated from high school, or have completed a G.E.D. programming, by the time we hand out the awards.

School requirements

The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in any major. You must be planning to attend — or are currently attending — a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution in Massachusetts.

Learn more about the process


Before applying, you should be prepared to give us:

  • a copy of your transcript
  • a personal statement
  • one recommendation letter
  • your FASFA and Student Aid Report, and
  • your Student Award Letter from your college or university.
Length of scholarship

This is a one-year scholarship. You must re-apply for the scholarship each year.

Selection process

We schedule candidates for mid-May phone interviews as we review applications. We hold final, in-person interviews at Boston City Hall in mid-June. We anticipate notifying selected applicants by the end of June.


We usually award about 30 students each year. 


We award $2,500 to recipients each year. 

City of Boston Scholarship Committee

The committee makes the final decision on who is awarded scholarships. For the last 20 years, we’ve given more than 2,000 residents the financial support to further their education.

Scholarship funding

The fund relies on generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations. If you want to donate to the fund, please contact us at

About the program

Mayor Walsh’s Education Cabinet tackles some of the City’s biggest challenges. This includes closing opportunity gaps in early childhood, along with the college affordability gap.

Cost of education rising

Boston has been, since its early days, a city of higher education. However, the cost of college tuition has increased by 45% in the last decade. That price is rising faster than nearly any other good or service in America.

Finding solutions

Mayor Walsh is committed ensuring that all Boston students find an affordable way to reach — and complete — a postsecondary education. The Education Cabinet is committed to work on his behalf to identify ways to solve this problem.