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John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test.
    The purpose of the award is to reward and inspire student achievement, help attract more high-performing students to Massachusetts public higher education, and provide families of college-bound students with financial assistance.

    To be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, a student who already graduated must:
    -Score in the Advanced category on either the Mathematics or the English Language Arts section of the grade 10 MCAS test and score in the Proficient or Advanced category
    -Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district
    -Be a United States Citizen or a non-citizen authorized by the federal government to live and work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis
    -Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution
    -Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
    -Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    -Must be in compliance with applicable law regarding Selective Service Registration
    -Must not be in default with applicable law regarding any federal or state student education loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received

    Recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition waiver for state-supported undergraduate courses. Individual student awards shall be no more than the resident undergraduate tuition rate at the participating institution. Students are also required to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 for continued eligibility.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
  • Contact
  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • 454 Broadway Suite 200
  • Revere, MA 02151
  • 617-391-6070

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