The Hamel Scholars Program was founded in 2007 and is UNH's most prestigious scholarship award. It provides merit scholarships and special recognition to exceptional students from New Hampshire who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community service.
Funded through gifts from Dana Hamel, a long-time UNH supporter, the program seeks to help students develop their full potential and become active, engaged leaders in communities throughout the state after graduating from UNH.
Learn more about the student-created, student-driven Hamel Scholar Task Forces.
View the biographies of the newest Hamel Scholars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who apply to UNH by the Early Action deadline and who qualify for the University Honors Program are invited to apply for the Hamel Scholars Program. This invitation is usually sent in January. While most Hamel Scholars are chosen before matriculating at UNH, a small number of Juniors join the program each year. Members of the University Honors Program receive an invitation to apply for this and other scholarships in March.
At the beginning of the fall semester, Hamel Scholars will submit proposals for community-based issues or challenges they wish to address throughout the year. Hamel Scholars will then divide into small groups, or Community Task Forces, to further research these issues and intervene through leadership and service. Community Task Forces will meet together and with the Hamel Scholars Program Coordinator on a regular basis both in person and virtually to ensure progress toward individual and group goals.
The Hamel Program also requires its scholars to maintain their position in the Honors Program. Along with the requirements above, Hamel Scholars must be actively working to fulfill their Honors Program requirements.
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Awards within the program range from $2,000-$10,000 per year.
New Hampshire residency is required for incoming freshmen who wish to apply to the Hamel program. However, the Hamel Program typically admits rising juniors each spring (the number of available spaces varies each year), and no in-state residency is required to be admitted through this process.
There are a number of ways that Hamel Scholar alumni can continue their involvement even post-graduation!
Know that you have an open invitation to return to campus and to visit us in Conant Hall! Whether through a meet-and-greet or a more formal event, we would love the opportunity to connect alumni with current students.
Alumni can also connect with and mentor Community Task Forces, small groups of Hamel Scholars focusing on community-based issues. Current Task Forces are currently tackling issues pertaining to education, medical access, mental health, substance abuse, diversity, and more!
Please contact Amanda Leger, Hamel Scholars Coordinator, via firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with our current Hamel Scholars!