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City of Boston scholarship fund

Through the fund, we award new college-goers and continuing education students $2,500 per year to help pay for school.

The City of Boston Scholarship is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The application closed in April 2021. The application for next year will open in January 2022. Check out other scholarship resources!

More higher education funding

For other scholarship opportunities and resources, please visit our Higher Education Funding Opportunities page.

Still have questions?

If you have questions about the fund, or are interested in making a donation, please contact us at 617-635-0946 or COBscholarship@boston.gov. You can also make a donation online.

Watch: Learn about the scholarship

Eligibility

CITY OF BOSTON RESIDENCY

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 and current 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.

NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS

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.

current COLLEGE STUDENTS

You need to be enrolled as a full-time student in a two-year or four-year university or college in Massachusetts.

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.

Meet our 2021-2022 scholars

Avaughn Phillip, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Dorchester

Chiosna Bernadeau, Simmons University, Dorchester

Cristina Vasquez, University of Massachusetts Amherst, East Boston

Danny Nguyen, UMass Amherst, Dorchester

Esther Udoakang, Boston College, Dorchester

Gabriela Ramirez, Boston University, East Boston

Helen Nguyen, Simmons University, Mattapan

Jennifer Osayande, University of Massachusetts Amherst, South End

Khum Chit, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Roxbury

Kleyshie Pena, UMass Dartmouth, Dorchester

Mairelisa Alcantara Vasquez, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Roxbury

Mich Kurt Magny, Simmons University, Dorchester

Michael Ejim, Bentley University, Hyde Park

Nebiyat Eskndir, University of Massachusetts Amherst, South End

Nimo Mohamud, Wellesley College, Dorchester

Paola Ruiz, Tufts University, East Boston

Temitope Akitikori, Laboure College of Healthcare, Dorchester

Terrance McIntosh, University of Massachusetts Boston, Roslindale

Yunis Egal, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dorchester

 

By the numbers
  • They represent eight neighborhoods across the City; 
  • They are attending 12 different colleges and universities across the Commonwealth;
  • On average, they have a financial need gap of $5,210 per year, as determined by our partners at uAspire;
  • 100% identified as people of color;
  • 26% were born outside the United States (68% identified as Black/African-American, 32% as Latino/a, 16% as Asian/Pacific Islander);
  • 26% are the first in their family to attend college;
  • 100% of seniors attended Boston Public Schools;
  • 47% will be attending public colleges and universities.

Learn more about the process

NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS

Last year, we received more than 350 applications for the City of Boston Scholarship. This year, we will be awarding about 10 new scholarship recipients.

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.

SELECTION PROCESS

After reviewing your application, we will invite a group of semi-finalists to an  interview in mid-May.  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.

Scholarship funding

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: Casey Brock-Wilson
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square, Room 608
Boston MA 02201

We also accept online donations via credit card or e-check:

Donate ONLINE

How to apply

The City of Boston Scholarship Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The application closed on Wednesday, April 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about the application process

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.
Recent UPDATES TO THE APPLICATION

We created a simple, one-page recommendation form that tests for college and career readiness. This form is submitted separately from the rest of the application.

We replaced the essay with three short questions you need to answer on these topics:

  1. A question on financial circumstances
  2. A reflective question
  3. A question looking toward the future

We added an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculator for students not eligible for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We defined what a continuing education student looks like. There’s now a separate section of the application for those students.

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