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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.

603 Birch Realty Nursing Scholarship

This fund was created through a gift from 603 Birch Realty Broker/Founder Adam Gaudet ‘06 and Trevor O’Brien both whom attended Keene State College. The scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to students who are enrolled in the KSC Nursing Program.

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.

AGC Construction Safety Scholarship

This fund was created with a gift from Associated General Contractors Education and Research Foundation. The fund will provide scholarships to students in the construction safety sciences program. Applicants will provide a brief essay, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have a declared major of constructin safety science and show outstanding dedication to the safety profession and plans to maintain a career in construction safety.

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.

Barnes and Noble Student Support Award

This fund was created through a gift from Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, LLC as demonstration of their support for the students of Keene State College. This fund will defray the cost of textbooks, material and supplies. Ten students will be selected each academic year. Consideration for this award shall be given to students who are enrolled/registed in a degree program. Financial need is not a consideration.

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. Consideration will be given to a student with a music major or minor who maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. Emphasis will be placed on the overall musicianship and contributions to the department.

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.

Class of 2020 Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to undergraduate students who are involved in campus life and Student Government (or its successor) at KSC. The initial principal of this fund was contributed to Keene State College for the above-stated purpose by members of the Class of 2020. Consideration for this award shall be given to a student who meets the following criteria: A. A full-time student at KSC B. A member of Student Government C. A rising sophomore, junior, or senior D. Financial need E. Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above F. Additional consideration shall be given to the student who is actively involved in campus life and positively contributes to the college experience of their peers. Recipients of this scholarships shall be selected by a committee of student peers, designated annually by the Director of Student Involvement (or successor). Presentation will occur each spring at the annual Student Center Student Leadership Awards Banquet (or successor). The scholarship shall be disbursed to one student annually in the amount of $1,000 for the following academic year in which the student is enrolled. Should the scholarship fund balance fall below $1,000, the balance shall be disbursed and the fund shall be made inactive. Each award shall be for one academic year. Recipients may be considered for the award in subsequent years.

David Bonnette ‘92 Internship & Apprenticeship Experience Fund

This restricted gift fund was created through a contribution made by alumnus David Bonnette from the class of 1992. The purpose of this fund is to support the internship and apprenticeship experiences of Keene State College students. The fund will help prepare students for career success and expand professional relationships, options, and opportunities.

David R. Leinster Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created in fond rememberence of David R Leinster by Dr Travis M Hodgdon ‘94 and Dr Gretchen A Hodgdon. The fund shall provide recognition and financial assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in History.

Dr. Benaquist Film Studies Awards

The Purpose of these awards shall be to provide financial assistance and recognition to students who have excelled in these two areas of Film Studies (Critical Studies in Film and Film Production). Consideration for this award shall be given to students with sophomore through senior standing, with a major in Film Studies. Awards shall be based on both merit and achievement. While financial need may be a consideration, merit and achievement will be the primary criteria. The nomination and selection process will be initiated by the Film Studies Faculty, including Contingent or Adjunct Faculty. Two awards shall be disbursed each year, one to a student whose focus is Critical Film Studies and one to a student whose focus is Film Production. Each award shall be for one academic year and may not be renewed.

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.

Erika Glickman Greenwald ‘74 M Ed ‘91 Mathematics Scholarship

This fund was created by Mrs. Greenwald in celebration of ther 50th wedding anniversay and 50th year as a resident of Keene NH. The fund is to encourage students to pursue degrees in Mathematics or Secondary Education with a second major in Mathematics.

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.

Fenton Family Dealerships Half-Court Shot Award

This fund was created by Fenton Family Dealerships to celebrate the excitement of the KSC Basketball season. The purpose of this fund shall be to provide financial support to full time students. The student recipients must make a shot from the half-court line of the basketball court in order to receive the award. If there are no winners by the end of the basketball season, then the financial award will be donated to the general operating budget of the KSC Athletics Department.

First-Year Research & Writing Award

This award has been funded by Credo Reference, a research database company that promotes knowledge building, problem solving, and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives. The purpose of this fund is to honor excellence in research and writing of first year students. Students are invited to submit papers that represent their best research and writing from any 100 level Integrative Studies Program course.

KSC Student Sustainabiltiy Innovation Fund

This fund was created to provide financial awards for student projects and Office of Sustainability student educational programs or other activities that promote sustainability among KSC students and the College. Revenues to the fund will be generated from Move-Out and Move-In sales as well as donations. The fund balance of KSC Rocks will be transfered to this fund.

Keene State Promise Scholarship

Unrestricted scholarship funds collected during President’s Challenge. Fund will be utilized to support students so they are able to focus on studies and participate in real-world projects without being overly burdened by too much part-time work or worry of unreasonable debt. Scholarship will be awarded for merit and financial need.

Koenig Siddall First Generation Scholarship

The purpose of this fund will be to provide recognition and financial assistance to Keene State College students who are first generation students and residents of the United States. Other factors in considering the recipients include financial and other barriers blocking their pathway to higher education, being in good academic standing, and demonstrating an interest to take full advantage of an immersive college experience. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need. All applicants will 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. Consideration for this award shall be given to outstanding full-time matriculated students who are U.S. residents and are among the first: ” in their family to arrive in the United States (and/or); ” in their family to be born in the United States. Two scholarships shall be awarded to first year students and two scholarships shall be awarded to a rising, new or transferring sophomore, junior or senior. Awards are for two semesters only, but prior recipients may re-apply. Recipients of this scholarship shall be selected through the college’s scholarship application process as administered by the Office of Financial Aid, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Office of Financial Aid will determine final selection. Beginning in Fall 2022, four eligible students will each receive an annual scholarship of $3,000 with $1,500 distributed each semester. If the award cannot be given in any particular year, the funds will be retained for awarding in the next academic year.

Kyle Barnett ‘10 Memorial Scholarship

This fund was created in honor of Kyle Allen Barnett ‘10. The award shall provide recognition and financial assistance to deserving students with a declared major or Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science or Construction Safety Sciences.

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.

Risk Solutions Scholarship

This fund was created with a gift from the Hanover Insurance Company in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Keene State College Professior Brian Bethel to the field of Safety and Occupational Health Education. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial aid to a student in the safety studies program. When the fund is depleted, the scholarship shall be make inactive.

Robert E Corrigan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is created in Mr. Corrigan’s memory by Travis M. Hodgdon ‘94, a first-generation college student, and his wife Gretchen A. Hodgdon. Mr. Hodgdon was a student of Mr. Corrigan’s and remembers his positive influence as a teacher and coach to this day. Preference shall be given to students who reside in Coos, Carroll, or Grafton Counties of New Hampshire. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to students who: Are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors and are majoring in secondary education. Are New Hampshire residents. Exhibit proficiency in their studies by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Have demonstrated financial need.

Robert S. Neuman Art Award

The Fund was created for two purposes. First, to receive contributions to support the “Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline” retrospective exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in the fall of 2017, including but not limited to expenses related to borrowing works of art from galleries, museums and private collectors; the publication of an exhibition catalogue; and publicity for the exhibition and second, to apply funds raised in excess of what is required for above-mentioned expenses to an endowed fund in memory of Robert S. Neuman, “The Robert S. Neuman Art Award”, that specifically enables art students to acquire the highest-quality art supplies for their work. Consideration for the Robert S. Neuman Art Award shall be given to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who have been formally accepted into the Art Program at Keene State College, and who maintain a 3.0 GPA in art-related courses.

Tim ‘66 and Carol Holbrook ‘66 Brown Award

This fund was established in 2018 by Tim ‘66 and Carol Holbrook ‘66 Brown to provide recognition and financial aid to KSC students and to inspire future generations of alumni to give back to the next generation of students.

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 Fund

This scholarship was created by bequest of an anonymous donor. The fund is intended to provide scholarship awards to students, preferably female, or traditional college age as well as older students seeking to improve their earning potential or their opportunities for career advancement.

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.

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