Annual Gift Scholarships
Annual gift scholarships are made possible by donors interested in supporting Keene State College students and recognizing their particular interests and abilities. Persons or organizations interested in establishing such scholarships may contact the Office of Development at 603-358-2372.
AAUW - Keene Branch, Elsa P. Ware Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1987 by the Keene Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to provide recognition and financial assistance to a non-traditional graduate student at Keene State College. Preference will be given to female students. This award is based on financial need with secondary consideration for merit based on the student’s GPA or academic achievements. The recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
AAUW Keene Chapter Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by the Keene Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to provide recognition and financial assistance to a Keene State College undergraduate student from diverse or under-represented populations. Preference will be given to a female student. This award is based on financial need, merit, a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, if an incoming first-year student, or a minimum GPA of 2.5 if a current KSC student; the student must be enrolled at least half-time in courses at Keene State College.
Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship
The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust was established in 1938 by the will of the late Agnes M. Lindsay of Bridgewater, N.H. Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarships at Keene State College support full-time students who present a case for financial assistance and who are from rural (fewer than 15,000 inhabitants) communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Scholarships are available to entering and continuing students in all areas of study.
Alice S. Ayling Annual Scholarship
Keene State College is the only New Hampshire institution chosen to participate in the Ayling Scholars Program. The Alice S. Ayling Foundation was established by bequest in 1988 to provide financial assistance to deserving men and women who would not otherwise be able to pursue a college education. Recipients must be New Hampshire residents with demonstrated financial need. They are expected to realize their academic potential and to involve themselves in significant ways in their community, on or off campus. The scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years upon recommendation of the College’s faculty liaison officer. In a given year, there are ten to twenty Ayling Scholars on campus.
Bruce LeVine Mellion Excellence in Architecture, Safety Studies, and SPDI Scholarship
This award created by Bruce LeVine Mellion ‘69, is to recognize the rigors and commitment needed to be successful in these technical programs of distinction and to serve to inspire student recipients to continue their educational pursuits and share their knowledge in deliberate and meaningful ways with their student colleagues and others. The award annually recognizes three exceptional students majoring in (one each) in Architecture, Safety Studies, and/or Sustainable Product Design and Innovation, who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and a commitment to share one’s experiences through mentoring and/or community service. Awards shall be based on merit and achievement. Financial need may be considered but is not a prerequisite to receiving this award. Consideration for this award shall be given to full-time matriculated students who are on track to become seniors at the time the award is received.
Carroll Lehman Award for Excellence in Vocal Music
The Carroll Lehman Award for Excellence in Vocal Music was created in honor of the retirement of Dr. Carroll Lehman, Professor of Music and coordinator of vocal studies for 35 years at Keene State College, by his many friends, faculty, and students at KSC. During his career, Dr. Lehman served many roles including conductor, teacher, department chair, mentor and friend. His commitment to performance, music education, and study has been instrumental in making the KSC Department of Music a vibrant program in the state of New Hampshire. The purpose of the fund is to provide recognition and give an award annually to a KSC student for excellence in vocal music study.
Charles Irwin Travelli Annual Scholarship
Keene State College is the only New Hampshire institution chosen to participate in the Travelli Scholars Program. The Charles Irwin Travelli Fund was established in 1913 by Mrs. Travelli, in honor of her late husband, to provide financial assistance for deserving men and women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a college education. Recipients must be New Hampshire residents with demonstrated financial need. They are expected to show academic potential, display good citizenship, and participate in extracurricular activities. The scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years upon recommendation of the College’s faculty liaison officer.
Chemistry and Environmental Studies Annual Award
This annual award was created by an anonymous donor to provide recognition and financial assistance to a current student at Keene State College who is either a Chemistry major and Environmental Studies minor OR an Environmental Studies major and Chemistry minor. Consideration for this award shall be given to a current student at Keene State College who with a GPA of at least 3.0.
Douglas Nelson Outstanding Concert Band Member Award
This annual award was established in 2006 in honor of Doug Nelson’s retirement. Doug had been with Keene State College for 35 years. In the 25 years that the Redfern Art Center has been open, over 350,000 people have attended performances, art exhibits, taken classes, view films, created works of arts etc. Doug was responsible for bringing many of those people to the Art Center. His dedication to the creative process and his commitment to excellence in teaching have been instrumental in making the Redfern a vibrant home for the arts on campus and in the region. This award will be given each spring to a concert band member selected by a ballot of his or her fellow musicians.
Emerson A. ‘35 and Ruth Hardy ‘35 McCourt Scholarship
Both Ruth and Emerson were graduates of Keene State College, Class of 1935. Emerson demonstrated a deep passion for the advancement of Vocational-Technical education during his many years of service to the New Hampshire Department of Education. This annual scholarship will provide tuition assistance for KSC students. To be eligible, students must be a resident of New Hampshire and have completed at least 50% of the coursework required to attain their diploma, associate or bachelors degree. Priority will be given to students majoring in Mechanical, Electrical, and Nursing programs; students majoring in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry will also be considered.
F. Burton Nelson Holocaust and Genocide Studies Memorial Award
This award was created to honor the life of F. Burton Nelson and to provide recognition and financial assistance to an outstanding Student who has demonstrated a commitment to Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Consideration for this award shall be given to an outstanding graduating senior at Keene State College who, as either a major or minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, has demonstrated a commitment to pursue further studies related to the Holocaust or genocide in 201h-century Europe at the graduate level.o A minimum GPA of 3.25 in one’s junior and senior years is required and, except under extraordinary circumstances, the student must be able to attend the annual Spring Awards Ceremony to accept the award.
John Michael Delehanty Arts Scholarship
The John Michael Delehanty Arts Scholarship was created by Carolyn Delehanty to remember and celebrate the life of her son, John Michael Delehanty. John Michael was a kind and caring person, who always made time for others. He had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding and art; as well as spending time with good friends and family. The purpose of this award shall be to provide financial support to a deserving Arts Major to assist in paying for art supplies and textbooks. Consideration shall be given to KSC students majoring in Art who demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to community service.
Koenig Siddall First Generation Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2022 in honor of the first-generation ancestors of Keene residents Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. The scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to students who are first generation students and residents of the United states. Consideration for this award shall be given to outstanding full-time matriculated students who are among the first in their family to arrive in the United States and/or the first in their family to be born in the United States. All applicants must submit an essay of up to 300 words describing why they chose Keene State College and how their college experience will be enhanced by receiving the Koenig Siddall First Generation Scholarship.
Apply now. Scholarship priority deadline is April 30th.
Lewy Family Fund
The Lewy Family Fund at Keene State College supports the continuation of teaching regarding the Holocaust and other occurrences of genocide. This fund provides support for presentations at the annual Kristallnacht Remembrance celebrations organized and presented each year by the Cohen Center at KSC in the Keene community and to continue the educational initiatives of the Cohen Center.
Markem-Imaje Scholarship: Supporting Exceptional Promise in Chemistry, Technology, Design and Safety
This award was established in 2012 to commemorate the creation of the Technology, Design, and Safety Center at Keene State College, and to recognize outstanding students who demonstrate excellence and passion in Chemistry, Sustainable Product Design & Innovation, or Safety Studies. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and foster excellence in the fields of chemistry, sustainable product design & innovation, and safety studies by providing scholarship support to students demonstrating distinction in their respective fields. During each of these academic years, three recipients will be selected, with one recipient majoring in Chemistry, one recipient majoring in Sustainable Product Design & Innovation, and one recipient majoring in Safety Studies.
Robin Dizard American Studies Award
This award recognizes the vibrant and significant contributions to the American Studies Program by Professor Robin Dizard. The purpose of this award shall be to bring attention to the American Studies Program and to provide recognition to an outstanding American Studies Major. Consideration for this award shall be given to full-time matriculated students with junior or senior status who are majoring in American Studies who have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA. The award is not renewable to the same student. Demonstrated need is not a selection criterion.
William L. ‘57 and Barbara R. Brackett ‘57 Excellence in Teacher Education Scholarship
Bill and Barbara met, were married, and began their family while students at Keene Teachers College. Realizing the critical role of exceptional teachers in the classroom, combined with a deep desire to give back to the College that gave them each so much, Bill and Barbara Brackett chose to create a Teacher Education Scholarship to recognize and support Keene State College’s brightest and most promising future teachers. This scholarship shall provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Teacher Education program at Keene State College. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to matriculated students of Junior or Senior status who have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education program at KSC. Eligible recipients must demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and/or community service.
Women’s Educational Opportunity Grant
This scholarship is intended for women whose educational goals are intended to improve their opportunities for career advancement, with resultant improved economic self-sufficiency. All candidates must meet two qualifications: demonstrated financial need and declared intent to pursue a program of studies which has the potential of enhancing the candidate’s employability, earning power, career mobility or potential for career advancement. This program of studies need not lead to a college degree. Preference will be given to women who are working, single heads of households.
Yarosewick Family Education Award
The Yarosewick Family Education Award was created by Mary-Lou S. Yarosewick to recognize outstanding students who are pursuing a teaching career in elementary education. Mary-Lou served as a fourth grade classroom teacher in Downington, Pennsylvania for 25 years. She developed a deep respect for the Department of Education at Keene State during her husband’s tenure as President (1994-2005). Consideration for this award shall be given to a full-time undergraduate student who is majoring in Elementary or Early Childhood Education, has achieved junior status, has a minimum grade point average of 3.2, has displayed devotion to community service/service learning, and has represented the Education Program with distinction and pride. Demonstrated financial need is not a criterion.