Merit Aid Programs

Merit aid is designed to recognize students for significant academic and/or co-curricular achievement based on criteria established by the university. Merit aid exists to encourage and enable high ability students to attend Fitchburg State University, to benefit from our programs and services, and to contribute their talents and achievements to the university and community.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • The admission application and all required supporting credentials must be received by February 1 for freshmen applicants and by June 1 for transfer applicants
  • Separate scholarship applications are not required
  • Scholarship funds are awarded to students based on the merits of their application and the award must be applied toward Fitchburg State University
  • Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Students must be applicants to a full-time, day program
  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education calculation guidelines are used to determine the re-calculated GPA

Please note: Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for some awards. Please carefully review the criteria sections of each award description.

Scholarships for BOTH Freshmen & Transfer Applicants

  • Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship
    Value: In-state tuition and fees for up to four years for freshmen and up to three years for transfers
    Criteria: 3.75 or higher re-calculated GPA in high school and Massachusetts resident. Transfer students who graduated from high school in the last three years may be considered. Completion of FAFSA required.
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment, with a 3.3 or higher GPA for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment, with a 3.3 or higher GPA for transfers
  • John and Abigail Adams (Tuition Waiver Scholarship)
    Value: In-state tuition, funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Criteria: Identified as eligible by the Massachusetts Department of Education, Massachusetts resident, and have completed the FAFSA
    Renewal: Up to eight semesters of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA; not to exceed billed in-state tuition
  • Henry Frank Scholarship
    Value: $10,000 awarded for up to four years for freshmen and up to three years for transfers
    Criteria: Graduate of a public or parochial high school in Norwalk, CT. Selection is based on academic achievement
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for transfers
  • Henry Frank STEM Scholarship
    Value: This is a generous $2,000 scholarship which is awarded for up to four years for freshmen and up to three years for transfers
    Criteria: Resident of a town within 35 miles of Orange, MA and a prospective major in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree programs. Based on academic achievement.
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for transfers
  • Falcon Scholarship
    Value: Scholarships will range from $1500 to $5000 per year
    Criteria: Out-of-state applicants who demonstrate strong academic potential
    Students who qualify for the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) are not eligible for this scholarship
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 2.5 or higher GPA for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 2.5 or higher GPA for transfers
  • Ying Gean and Sui King Yee Scholarship
    Value: This is a $750 scholarship which is awarded annually for up to four years for freshmen and up to three years for transfers
    Criteria: Asian American freshman or transfer undergraduate, based on financial need and/or merit and participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA for transfers
  • Dean’s Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 annually for up to three years for transfers
    Criteria: Outstanding high school and/or college record, demonstrated academic potential and participation in civic-oriented extracurricular activities at school or in the community
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.2 or higher GPA (Dean’s list) for freshmen and up to two additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.2 or higher GPA (Dean’s list) for transfers

Scholarships for Freshmen ONLY

  • Fitchburg State Honors Scholarship
    Value: $2,000 annually for up to four years
    Criteria: Participation in the Honors Program, open to in-state and out-of-state applicants
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment in the Honors Program with a 3.3 or higher GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship
    Value: $1,500 annually for up to four years
    Criteria: 3.5 or higher re-calculated GPA in high school
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.2 or higher GPA (Dean’s list)
  • Antonucci Family Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 for freshmen year ONLY
    Criteria: First generation college students from the North Central Massachusetts community who demonstrate financial need. Completion of the FAFSA is required.
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment.
  • Ethel P. Mandrus Donahue ’41 Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 annually for up to four years
    Criteria: Prospective Special Education major with demonstrated financial need.
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment continuing in the Special Education program with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Ruth Lee ’79 Scholarship
    Value: $500 a year for freshman year ONLY
    Criteria: Resident of North Central, MA and outstanding high school academic performance
    Renewal: One-time award for freshmen
  • Fitchburg Mutual Insurance Company – W. Bruce Adams Memorial Scholarship
    Value: Up to $500 for freshman year ONLY
    Criteria: Minimum re-calculated 3.0 or higher high school GPA; resident of Ashburnham, Ashby, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg or Westminster, Massachusetts
    Renewal: One-time only award for freshmen. Must achieve a 2.75 or higher GPA fall semester to retain scholarship for spring semester
  • Stanley Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver
    Value: In-state tuition, funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Criteria: Identified as eligible by the Massachusetts Department of Education, Massachusetts resident, and have completed the FAFSA
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.3 or higher GPA; not to exceed billed in-state tuition
  • Fitchburg Freshmen Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 annually for up to four years
    Criteria: 3.2 or higher re-calculated GPA in high school 
    Renewal: Up to three contiguous years of full-time enrollment with a 3.2 or higher GPA (Dean’s list)
  • Jeanne M. Joyal ’53 Scholarship
    Value: By request of the donor, the specific dollar amount is not to be disclosed; however, this is a generous scholarship which is awarded annually for up to four years
    Criteria: Resident of Western Massachusetts and prospective Elementary Education major. Demonstrated record of extra-curricular and community activities
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous years of full-time enrollment in the Elementary Education program with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Myra McGuirk-Bonitz ’14 and Arlene (Bonitz) Bentley ’52 Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 for freshman year ONLY
    Criteria: Resident of Worcester County, with preference given to Fitchburg and Leominster. Prospective Education major.
    Renewal: One-time only award for freshmen

Scholarships for Transfers ONLY

  • MassTransfer Tuition Waiver
    Value: A tuition waiver equal to 100% of the in-state tuition for up to four contiguous semesters
    Criteria: Graduate of the Massachusetts MassTransfer program with a 3.0 or higher college GPA at time of graduation
    Renewal: Up to three additional contiguous semesters of full-time enrollment with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Dean Scholarship
    Value: $1,000 annually for up to three years
    Criteria: 3.2 or higher college GPA, 15 or more transferable college credits, full-time student
    Renewal: Up to two additional contiguous years, full-time enrollment with a 3.2 or higher GPA (Dean’s list)

Please note: Criteria subject to change.