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First-Year Merit Scholarships

  1. President’s Scholarship
  2. Dean’s Scholarship
  3. Enrichment Scholarship
  4. Leadership Award
  5. General Criteria and Guidelines

President’s Scholarship

Amounts

  • $32,000 scholarship over four years – $8,000 awarded annually to a full-time, out-of-state student beginning FALL 2015
  • $14,000 scholarship over four years – $3,500 awarded annually to a full-time, in-state student beginning FALL 2015

Criteria Guidelines and Renewal

  • Accepted applicants with a minimum SAT score of 1800 (critical reading, math, and writing) or a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (writing test required) are considered.
  • High school GPA 3.0 or greater on 4.0 scale is required
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 (cumulative at KSC) is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to three additional years.

Dean’s Scholarship

Amounts

  • $24,000 scholarship over four years – $6,000 awarded annually to a full-time out-of-state student beginning FALL 2015
  • $10,000 scholarship over four years – $2,500 awarded annually to a full-time in-state student beginning FALL 2015

Criteria Guidelines and Renewal

  • Accepted applicants with a minimum SAT score of 1700 (critical reading, math, and writing) or a minimum composite ACT score of 25 (writing test required) and GPA 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale are considered.
  • OR
  • Accepted applicants with a minimum SAT score of 1600 (critical reading, math and writing) or minimum composite ACT score of 23-24 (writing test required) and GPA 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 scale are considered.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 (cumulative at KSC) is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to three additional years.

Enrichment Scholarship

Amounts

  • $16,000 scholarship over four years – $4,000 awarded annually to a full-time out-of-state student beginning FALL 2015
  • $6,000 scholarship over four years – $1,500 awarded annually to a full-time in-state student beginning FALL 2015

Criteria Guidelines and Renewal

  • Accepted applicants with a minimum SAT score of 1400 (critical reading, math, and writing) or a minimum composite ACT score of 20-22 (writing test required) are considered.
  • High school GPA 2.5 or greater on 4.0 scale is required
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 (cumulative at KSC) is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to three additional years.

Leadership Award

Amounts

  • $8,000 scholarship over four years – $2,000 awarded annually to a full-time student beginning FALL 2015

Criteria, Guidelines and Renewal

  • Accepted applicants with a minimum SAT score of 1400 (critical reading, math, and writing) or a minimum composite ACT score of 21-23 (writing test required) are considered.
  • High school GPA 2.5 or greater on 4.0 scale is required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to school and/or community organizations that promote understanding of diversity, tolerance and difference, or active participation in improving civility within school or community.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 (cumulative at KSC) is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to three additional years.

General Criteria and Guidelines

First year student merit scholarships are based on academic performance and supporting materials. Merit awards are determined from a review of the students' application for admission to Keene State. Students do not need to fill out a separate application for scholarships. Merit awards are based on SAT scores and grade point average as reported in the initial application for admission. If a student is admitted, subsequent higher SAT scores or grades will not increase eligibility for a merit award.

Each Merit Award requires that you maintain a minimum cumulative GPA for the award to be renewed for subsequent academic years.

  • Only first-time, first-year applicants are eligible.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Students under disciplinary suspension lose future merit scholarship eligibility.
  • All information is subject to changes in federal/state regulations and Keene State College policy.
  • Eligible students may receive only one academic achievement scholarship.
  • Scholarship award is for eight consecutive full-time semesters, excluding summers. Future eligibility is forfeited if the student withdraws or takes a leave of absence.
  • Residency changes (i.e. non-resident to New Hampshire resident), or billing changes as a result of a non-resident using a staff tuition waiver, may result in adjustments to the student’s financial aid award. Financial aid awards are based upon a student’s cost of attendance, and if that decreases, the financial aid award may also decrease. This includes but is not limited to adjustments to merit awards from non-resident award amounts to New Hampshire resident award amounts

Contact Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2606

800-572-1909 * 603-358-2280
financialaid@keene.edu
Fax: 603-358-2794