Scholarships that Support Your Academic Success
Fall 2021-22 First-Year Student Merit Scholarships
Your hard work and success in school is recognized through Keene State’s Merit Scholarships to provide you with support for your college career
As a first-year student applicant, you are considered for all merit awards and you don’t have to submit an additional application or essay. These scholarships may be awarded to you if you plan to attend Keene State full-time to earn a degree and if you meet the academic requirements for the scholarships at the time your admissions application is reviewed.
The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will make sure that you get the highest award for which you qualify. Please note that these funds are used to pay for your tuition only (not housing, meal plans, books, or other costs). Award ranges are listed below – they are relative to the costs of in-state and out-of-state attendance. These ranges are reviewed annually, and can change from year to year.
The President’s Award recognizes outstanding academic accomplishment in high school. Generally, this scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate superior academic performance and have earned a GPA between 3.5-4.0. NH students may receive a scholarship up to $6,000, and students from outside of NH may receive a scholarship up to $7,500.
The Dean’s Award is offered to students who are dedicated to their academic success, are engaged with their studies, and have earned a GPA between 3.0-3.49. New Hampshire students are eligible for a scholarship up to $3,500. Students from outside New Hampshire are eligible for a scholarship up to $6,000.
The Enrichment Award recognizes students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at Keene State and have earned a GPA between 2.40-2.99. New Hampshire students may receive a scholarship up to $2,000. Students from outside New Hampshire may receive up to $3,000.
As Keene State is committed to making education affordable to all, the Promise Award recognizes students who demonstrate academic potential but perhaps did not reach that potential while in high school. Students with a GPA below 2.40 may receive a Promise Award up to $1,000.
Merit Scholarship Renewal
Merit scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters, and students must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more). Students are expected to make progress toward their degree, and remain in good disciplinary standing. The GPA renewal requirements are: President’s and Dean’s 3.0, Enrichment 2.5, and Promise 2.0.
Once you file your FAFSA with Keene State’s Federal School Code (002590), you will find out if you have access to additional need-based aid. Be sure to file as soon as possible to maximize your aid. The priority deadline for filing your FAFSA is March 1, 2021. Our financial aid counselors are here to answer questions you have and to help you get started.