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Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
In order to be eligible for a scholarship award, a student MUST fill out their FAFSA application on a yearly basis. If a student were to win a scholarship, and not have a completed FAFSA application on file, the award cannot be applied. All students should fill out the FAFSA by April 1st each year to maximize their aid award.
All students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid office at MassBay or the college of their choice for more scholarship and grant information. Below you will find information on scholarships available to MassBay students. Please read the criteria and application instructions carefully for each scholarship.
DHE MassTransfer Scholarship Website Link
Financial Aid and Scholarship Search:
United Negro College Fund Scholarship Search
Scholarship Search for Hispanic Students
Mass. Office of Student Financial Assistance
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.
For more information please visit the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Page.
Boston University Metropolitan Community Scholar Academic Scholarship
Boston University’s Metropolitan College sponsors a scholarship program specifically designed to benefit students pursuing their degree at a community college in the Boston area.
The Community Scholar Academic Scholarship is awarded to students who have graduated from one of these community colleges with an associate’s degree.
A total of 25 recipients of this annual scholarship will receive a 50% tuition scholarship for up to 12 credits per semester while they complete their bachelor’s degree at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Those selected for the Community Scholar Academic Scholarship will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to continue to receive the tuition benefits of the program.
Boston University Metropolitan College accepts applications for this scholarship each academic semester. Students are encouraged to apply early to be eligible for this award
Please visit their website for more information and instructions on the application process
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation has announced the establishment of the Coca−Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program, providing up to $450,000 in stipends. Click here for more information!
UMass Amherst Community College Academic Honors Scholarship
The UMass Amherst Community College Academic Honors Scholarship was developed to reward and recognize graduates of the Massachusetts community colleges for meritorious academic achievement. Fifteen (15) scholarships are available each year (for both fall and spring enrollment at UMass). Each award is $2,500.00 per year for full-time students (the amount is pro-rated for students who enroll part-time) until the student completes their first Bachelor Degree requirements at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Under the best of circumstances one award would be given to a student from each of the 15 community colleges, however this decision will be made at the discretion of the selection committee.
UMass Boston Foster Furcolo Scholarship
This program was established in honor of former Massachusetts governor Foster Furcolo (1957-1960), who played a major role in the creation of the public community college system of the Commonwealth. Each year one entering transfer student from each of the public community colleges in the Commonwealth will be selected to participate. Participants can receive the cost of tuition and most mandatory fees for up to two years. Each recipient, to be nominated by the president of his or her institution, is expected
- to have completed an associate’s degree;
- to have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50;
- to exemplify the success of the community college system in fulfilling the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo;
- to have applied for financial aid by completing the FAFSA application;
- to have applied and been admitted to the University of Massachusetts Boston.
UMASS Dartmouth Transfer Merit Scholarship
The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth provides a Transfer Merit Scholarship to high ranking students graduating from a Massachusetts Community College. This $3000 fee waiver can be used for exactly 2 years once enrolling at the University.
• G.P.A. > 3.5
• Award is pro-rated for part-time students
• Priority given to students in Transfer Programs
• Must apply for UMD admission and fill out the FAFSA form (only forms needed)
• U.S. Citizen and resident of Massachusetts or nearby Rhode Island Communities
NOTE: Students who have previously attended UMD as a matriculated student are not eligible for this scholarship.
New England Transfer Association (NETA) Scholarship
The New England Transfer Association offers a scholarship to students currently attending a member school of this organization. MassBay is a member of this organization and eligible students are encouraged to apply. Must be slated to receive an Associate’s degree.
- Plans to transfer to a NETA-affiliated, four-year institution.
- Demonstrates consistent academic performance with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
- Has successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (or equivalent) at the sending institution at the time of application. (Students must submit transcripts of all colleges attended.)
Candidates must submit the following materials:
- Completed nomination form
- 250 word essay
- How will obtaining your Bachelor’s degree assist you in achieving your career goals?
- College transcript(s)
- One letter of recommendation (i.e. advisor, faculty)
Students apply for this scholarship must fill out a nomination form and submit it to the Transfer Counselor, 1 week before the deadline listed on NETA's website. This extra time is needed to forward applicant material to the Scholarship chairs at NETA.
For more information on NETA and this scholarship, visit their website at www.ne-transfer.org
Northeastern University - College of Professional Studies - Behind the Scenes Scholarship
The Behind the Scenes Scholarship was developed to support community college students who are completing their degree and are seeking to obtain their bachelor's degree. This gives community college personnel the opportunity to nominate a students who has been an impactful member of the community and would attribute and embody the College of Professional Studies core mission and values.
Lesley University Guaranteed Transfer Merit Scholarships
The College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies guarantees that you, as a transfer applicant, are awarded a merit scholarship if you are accepted for admission and meet the following criteria. Your eligibility is based on the strength of your academic performance as indicated by your cumulative academic GPA at your current/previous institution(s). The scholarships/awards listed below are available to students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents applying for admission for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
You must be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and have graduated from an accredited two-year institution
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Must have completed at least one semester of 12 credits at an accredited academic institution, with a cumulative academic GPA of 3.0 or higher
Transfer Merit Scholarship
Graduates with an Associates Degree from any two-year Community College in the United States are automatically eligible for Lesley's Community College Scholarship
Lesley University Community College Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa Merit Scholarship and The Lesley University Community College Scholarships are renewable for a second year provided you remain enrolled full-time and continue to make satisfactory academic progress.
The Transfer Merit Scholarship is renewable for subsequent years of study provided you remain enrolled full-time and continue to make satisfactory academic progress.
Rhode Island College
Through the Metropolitan Tuition Program, students living within a 50 mile radius of Rhode Island College will receive a 50% reduction in tuition. Based on 2008 costs, students will save over $6000 compared to other out-of-state transfer students.
For more information on this program, contact Rhode Island State College Undergraduate Admissions.