Scholarships Available To Seniors

This is a list of scholarships for seniors only. You can apply to as many as you want but pay attention to the deadlines. UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR ONE YEAR ONLY.

The ASA College Planning Center at the Boston Public Library offers financial aid assistance, both information and help in filling out forms. Call 877-332-4348, or visit the website at for more information. The website is extremely comprehensive and lists many different scholarship opportunities.


Newton South is the clearinghouse for many scholarships (called local scholarships). They are first based on need, and, secondly, on academics, leadership and community service. Any senior may apply. The application is available on the Newton South website, from your guidance counselor and here. The deadline for applying is February 7, 2014. Applications should be returned IN PERSON to Ms. Bolstad in the Newton South library.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO sponsors a variety of scholarships for seniors, whether or not you have a union affiliation. There is a qualifying exam on labor history that will be given at South on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. You will need to go to for the study guide and to fill out an application. Application was due to Mrs. Brown in the College & Career Center by Monday, December 16. Last year over 220 scholarships were given.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Each year, a minimum of ten students are designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years. More than 250 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars since the inception of the Program. The application deadline is January 9, 2014. Go to for information and an application.

Students who have MS or who have a parent with MS may be eligible for a scholarship between $1,000 and $3,000. Please go to for more information. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2014.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking nominations for the Millennium Scholars program for low-income students of color. Students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American, a citizen/legal permanent resident or national of the U.S., have attained an unweighted GPA of 3.3, and have demonstrated leadership abilities. For nomination and scholarship materials, go to The deadline for submissions of materials is January 15, 2014.

The Order Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is offering a minimum of 25 $1,000 scholarships to both those connected to the Lodge and those not connected. The application deadline is February 1, 2014. Applications and more information are available at

If you are planning on pursuing an interest in an environmental field, you may be eligible for up to $20,000 from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation. The application deadline is February 1, 2014. More information and applications are available online at

The National Commission for Cooperative Education is offering 160 merit co-op scholarships of $6,000 each to students with a minimum 3.5 GPA who will be attending one of the following co-op universities: Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Oswego, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Toledo and Wentworth Institute of Technology. For more information and an application, go to The deadline is February 14, 2014.

If you plan to attend a private college, have mentored someone during high school, have faced significant challenges and/or obstacles and have significant financial need, you may be eligible to receive a Yawkey Foundation Scholarship. You also must be planning to attend a private college in Massachusetts. For more information and an application go to The deadline for applying is February 15, 2014.

The Red Pine Scholarship, administered by The Philanthropic Initiative, is being offered to low- to middle-income students who have demonstrated academic excellence or significant improvement over time. “This program is designed to support students through tuition assistance, mentoring and other flexible financial supports.” More information and an application are available online at The application deadline is February 21, 2014.

NewTV is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student interested in communications, TV or film. Go to for more information and an application. The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

Hood Milk is sponsoring the Hood Good Sport scholarships, three $5,000 awards to Massachusetts students. If you are an athlete with at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA and have completed some community service, go to for more information about how to apply. The deadline is March 3, 2014.

The Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club of Greater Boston is awarding $1,000 scholarships to women of Syrian and Lebanese origin. Applications are available in the College/Career Center. The deadline is March 31, 2014.

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is offering scholarships of up to $2,000 to students going into culinary arts or restaurant management. The deadline for applying is April 11, 2014. Further information and an application are available at

Students who scored at least one “advanced” and the other two “advanced or proficient” on MCAS may be eligible for the Stanley Koplik Certificate of Mastery. You will also need two other qualifying test scores and/or achievements. Along with this goes a tuition-only waiver to any Massachusetts State school. The deadline for applying is May 1, 2014. The information and application are available here and on the school website. All applications should be returned to Mrs. Brown in the College/Career Center.

A spreadsheet listing websites with scholarship information can be downloaded here.