Scholarships

Scholarships

Thousands of UNH students receive scholarships each year to help make their college education more affordable. You could be one of them. Use the list below to learn more about scholarships that may be available for you.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Undergraduate Admissions selects all first-year merit scholarship recipients

Scholarship

Weighted GPA Range

NH Resident

Non-NH Resident

Trustee's Scholarship

Above 4.00

$9,000

$12,000

Chancellor's Scholarship

3.90 - 4.00

$7,000

$10,000

Presidential Scholarship

3.70 - 3.89

$5,000

$8,000

Dean's Scholarship

3.50 - 3.69

$3,000

$6,000

Director's Scholarship

3.10 - 3.49

$1,000

$4,000

 

*UNH recalculates each applicant’s GPA using a weighted 4.0 scale using core academic courses in English, math, science, social science and foreign language.  Electives that fall within one of the five core academic courses will be included in the UNH recalculated GPA.

Academic achievement in the classroom is the most critical factor in awarding merit scholarships at the University. Scholarships are intended to recognize, and reward behaviors valued by UNH.

Additional scholarships are available for current UNH students, students in specific college divisions, individual programs, and applicants to the Manchester Campus.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants (domestic and international)

Annual amount:

  • NH Residents: $9,000
  • Non-Residents: $12,000

How to apply:

  • No additional application required. Recipients will be selected at the time of application review for admission.

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to our most academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA greater than 4.0 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • Renewable for up to 4-years (8 consecutive semesters), provided you meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.
  • You must maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of your sophomore year and maintain this GPA during the remainder of your undergraduate career at UNH.
  • Should your residency change during your time as an enrolled student, your scholarship award is subject to change.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants (domestic and international)

Annual amount:

  • NH Residents: $7,000
  • Non-Residents: $10,000

How to apply:

  • No additional application required. Recipients will be selected at the time of application review for admission.

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA between 3.90-4.00 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • Renewable for up to 4-years (8 consecutive semesters), provided you meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.
  • You must maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of your sophomore year and maintain this GPA during the remainder of your undergraduate career at UNH.
  • Should your residency change during your time as an enrolled student, your scholarship award is subject to change.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants (domestic and international)

Annual amount:

  • NH Residents: $5,000
  • Non-Residents: $8,000

How to apply:

  • No additional application required. Recipients will be selected at the time of application review for admission.

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA between 3.7 -3.89 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • Renewable for up to 4-years (8 consecutive semesters), provided you meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.
  • You must maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of your sophomore year and maintain this GPA during the remainder of your undergraduate career at UNH.
  • Should your residency change during your time as an enrolled student, your scholarship award is subject to change.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants (domestic and international)

Annual amount:

  • NH Residents: $3,000
  • Non-Residents: $6,000

How to apply:

  • No additional application required. Recipients will be selected at the time of application review for admission.

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA between 3.50-3.69 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • Renewable for up to 4-years (8 consecutive semesters), provided you meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.
  • You must maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of your sophomore year and maintain this GPA during the remainder of your undergraduate career at UNH.
  • Should your residency change during your time as an enrolled student, your scholarship award is subject to change.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants (domestic and international)

Annual amount:

  • NH Residents: $1,000
  • Non-Residents: $4,000

How to apply:

  • No additional application required. Recipients will be selected at the time of application review for admission.

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA between 3.10 - 3.49 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • Renewable for up to 4-years (8 consecutive semesters), provided you meet the GPA and academic progress requirements.
  • You must maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of your sophomore year and maintain this GPA during the remainder of your undergraduate career at UNH.
  • Should your residency change during your time as an enrolled student, your scholarship award is subject to change.  

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Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Amount:

  • Variable

How to apply:

  • Scholarship covers a portion of a student’s tuition, fees and room and board for four years of undergraduate education at UNH

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Additional application required. Students are required to apply by the November 15 Early Action deadline to receive full consideration for this scholarship.
  • Students admitted to CEPS will be invited to apply if they meet eligibility requirements, which include:
    • Selection is very competitive, is not automatic, and limited to applicants who apply by the early action deadline.

    • Scholarship is awarded each year to the highest caliber students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

  • Other factors that are considered, but weighed less heavily, in the awarding process include diversity (broadly defined), leadership experiences, and high school or community involvement.

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Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants to the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Amount:

  • $5,000 per year

How to apply:

  • No additional application necessary

Criteria and restrictions:

  • Awarded to our most academically competitive applicants with a weighted recalculated GPA greater than 4.0 in a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement.
  • The Paul Scholars Program seeks to support high performing students develop their full potential and graduate from UNH prepared to develop meaningful and successful careers and provide leadership in their fields.  The scholarships are funded through gifts from UNH alumni Peter T. Paul ’67 and the estate of Bernard Grochmal ‘64.
  • The scholarship provides substantial financial support in the form of a yearly $5,000 scholarship as well as special opportunities for academic and co-curricular engagement within a cohort experience. The scholarship supplements any merit or need-based financial aid awards. Scholarships are renewable for all four years of a recipient’s UNH undergraduate career, provided he or she meets the renewal criteria.
  • Available to students admitted to Paul College of Business and Economics who meet eligibility requirements, which include:
    • Selection is competitive and is not automatic.

    • Scholarship is awarded each year to the highest caliber students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

    • Other factors that are considered but weigh less heavily in the awarding process include program of study, diversity (broadly defined), leadership experiences, and high school or community involvement

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Criteria and restrictions:

  • $3,000 per year
  • Students who are deemed competitive for the Rutman Fellows Scholarship are invited to submit a required supplemental application for this scholarship program.
  • The Rutman Fellows Program is a component of the Paul College’s Advancing Women’s Leadership Initiative. The program seeks to support high performing students who are committed to developing as leaders and to advancing women’s leadership in business and economics.  The scholarships are funded through gifts from Morgan Rutman ’84 and Tara Rutman and the Och Family Foundation. 
  • The scholarship provides financial support in the form of a yearly $3,000 scholarship plus special opportunities for academic and co-curricular engagement within a cohort experience. The scholarship supplements any merit or need-based financial aid awards. Scholarships are renewable for all four years of a recipient’s UNH undergraduate career, provided he or she meets the renewal criteria.
  • Students admitted to Paul College of Business and Economics will be invited to apply if they meet eligibility requirements, which include:
    • Selection is competitive and is not automatic.

    • Scholarship is awarded each year to academically competitive students who demonstrate notable leadership skills in their high school and/or communities.

    • Other factors that are considered in granting the award include the applicant’s demonstrated leadership experience, genuine interest in and commitment to the advancement of women in business and economics, and ambition to develop as leaders. 
  • Students of all genders may apply.

Need-based awards granted to incoming first-year students of all backgrounds, life experiences, and viewpoints whose presence will contribute to a diverse student body at UNH. A diverse student body that enhances the UNH educational experience will include students of varied race, age, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status,  and veteran status.

The University of New Hampshire’s commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in and enhances our mission as a public, land-grant institution—education, research, and service — in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world. To further this commitment, UNH seeks to recruit, admit, support, and graduate a diverse undergraduate student body.

A diverse student body that enhances the UNH educational experience will include students of varied race, age, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status,  and veteran status. Admitted students of all backgrounds, life experiences, and viewpoints whose presence will contribute to a diverse student body at UNH will be considered.

Awarded to:

  • First-year applicants who are student athletes

Amount:

  • Variable

How to apply:

  • Contact UNH Athletics for details. The director of athletics, in consultation with coaches, distributes financial assistance to student athletes.

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Awarded to:

  • Students who are enrolled at UNH-Durham and UNH-Manchester undergraduate and incoming students

Amount:

  • Variable

How to apply:

  • An application is available here

Awarded to:

  • First-year international student applicants

Amount:

  • Variable

How to apply:

  • No additional application necessary
  • All applicants to UNH are considered for merit-based scholarship at the time of application review. Academic achievement in the classroom is the most critical factor in awarding merit scholarships at the University. Scholarships are intended to recognize, and reward behaviors valued by UNH.

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Awarded to:

  • An incoming freshman who is a direct descendant of a relative who is/was an alumnus/a of UNH and who has served or continues to serve UNH

Amount:

  • $3,000/year (provided recipient maintains GPA of at least 3.2 and in good standing); based on need

How to apply:

  • Submit application

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Awarded to:

  • A first-year full-time student on the UNH Manchester campus who participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition team during high school

Amount:

  • $5,000, renewable for four years

How to apply:

  • UNH Manchester application for admission, plus FIRST application, letter of recommendation from a FIRST mentor or coach, and an essay describing your FIRST experience. This is awarded on merit. The recipient must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and a GPA of at least 3.0 for renewal.

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Awarded to:

  • A student whose families have resided in New Hampshire for at least three generations

Amount:

  • Variable

How to apply:

  • Self-nominate or be nominated by faculty or staff member

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Awarded to:

  • Students who enroll in the UNH Army ROTC program

Amount:

  • Paid tuition and fees; grant funds toward room and board; annual book benefit of $1,200; monthly tax-free stipend

How to apply:

  • Contact the UNH Army ROTC office.
  • Winners are chosen based on academic success, SAT/ACT results, teacher evaluations, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, a physical aptitude exam and a personal interview

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Awarded to:

  • Students who enroll in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve

Amount:

  • Paid tuition and fees; monthly drill pay; monthly cadet stipend

How to apply:

  • Find forms on the UNH Army ROTC website

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Awarded to:

  • First-Year Applicants from New Hampshire

Amount:

  • $2,000 - $10,000

How to apply:

  • The Hamel Scholarship provides a yearly award to exceptional in-state students who apply by the early-action deadline. 

Criteria and restrictions:

  • $2,000-10,000
  • NH Residents only
  • The Hamel Scholars Program seeks to help exceptional in-state students develop their full potential and graduate from UNH poised to become active, engaged leaders in communities throughout the state. The scholarships are funded through a gift from Dana Hamel, a resident of New Hampshire and a long-time supporter of UNH.
  • The scholarship provides substantial financial support in the form of a yearly scholarship plus special opportunities for academic and co-curricular engagement. The Admissions Office will determine the amount of each award, which is a supplement to any merit or need-based financial aid awards.
  • Selection is very competitive, is not automatic, and limited to in-state applicants who apply by the early action deadline. A limited number are awarded each year to the highest caliber in-state students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement coupled with notable leadership skills in their school and/or communities. Renewable for all four years of a recipient’s UNH undergraduate career, provided he or she meets the renewal criteria.
  • Minimally, candidates will have academic credentials in line with those of students who are invited to the University Honors Program and demonstrate meaningful involvement in school or broader community and a strong interest in and capacity for sustained community engagement.
  • We suggest applying by the November 15, early action deadline for preferred consideration.  Students who are deemed competitive for the Hamel Scholarship are invited to submit a required supplemental application for the Hamel Scholarship.

Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions

Awarded to:

  • Students who enroll in the UNH Air Force ROTC program

Amount:

  • Tuition and most lab fees; textbook allowance; monthly cash stipend

How to apply:

  • Apply on the U.S. Air Force ROTC website

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

Accepted transfer students from both associate degree programs and from four year colleges are eligible for scholarships based on listed criteria. Applications must be submitted by the semester deadlines to be eligible for these scholarships. They are not available to students who have already received a bachelor's degree.

Awarded to:

Incoming students transferring to the Durham campus from an associate degree program

Amount:

$3,000 annually (renewable for up to six semesters)

How to apply:

No additional application necessary
This scholarship is awarded to accepted full-time students who are enrolled in an associate degree program and have 24 transferable college credits* and a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

*Note that the 24 or more transferable college credits must be from the CURRENT institution.

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Awarded to:

Incoming students transferring to the Durham campus who have completed an associate degree program

Amount:

$5,000 annually (renewable for up to six semesters)

How to apply:

No additional application necessary
This scholarship is awarded to accepted full-time students who have completed an associate degree with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

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Awarded to:

Incoming students transferring to the Durham campus from a bachelor’s degree program

Amount:

$3,000 annually (renewable for up to six semesters)

How to apply:

No additional application necessary
This scholarship is awarded to accepted full-time students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have 24 transferable college credits* and a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

*Note that the 24 or more transferable college credits must be from the CURRENT institution.

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Awarded to:

Incoming students transferring to the Durham campus from a bachelor’s degree program

Amount:

$5,000 annually (renewable for up to six semesters)

How to apply:

No additional application necessary
This scholarship is awarded to accepted full-time students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have 24 transferable college credits* and a 3.8 or higher cumulative GPA.

*Note that the 24 or more transferable college credits must be from the CURRENT institution.

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Awarded to:

New Hampshire community college students enrolling full-time at UNH Manchester

Amount:

$1,000 (transfer scholarship) $1,500 (tuition grant) (Awarded annually for two years)

How to apply:

No additional application necessary

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Awarded to:

A transfer student who is enrolling full-time at UNH Manchester and who participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition team during high school

Amount:

$5,000, renewable for four years

How to apply:

UNH Manchester application for admission, plus FIRST application, letter of recommendation from a FIRST mentor or coach, and an essay describing your FIRST experience. This scholarship is awarded on merit. The recipient must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and a GPA of at least 3.0 for renewal.

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FELLOWSHIPS

Once enrolled at UNH you’ll have exclusive access to the Office of National Fellowships, which will help you apply for and obtain Fulbright fellowships, Gilman International Scholarships and many other funding opportunities.

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OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Awarded to:

Students who enroll in the Army National Guard

Amount:

Paid tuition and fees; monthly drill pay; monthly cadet stipend

How to apply:

Find forms on the UNH Army ROTC website

More Information about Criteria and Restrictions