Hamel Scholars Program

Hamel Scholars Program
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Hamel Scholars: Leaders for New Hampshire's Future

UNH's Most Prestigious Scholarship Program

The Hamel Scholars Program provides merit scholarships, special recognition, and leadership programming to exceptional students from New Hampshire who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community service.

 

  • Hamel Advisor at Celebration Event with Dana Hamel

    Emily Schoonmaker interviews Hamel Scholars at the Dana Hamel Celebration Luncheon, Fall 2023

  • Hamel Student studying

    Hamel Scholar studying

Individual Coaching

The Hamel Scholars Coordinator meets regularly with each student for holistic coaching sessions. Each student carves a unique path through the program and UNH that best supports their needs and aspirations. Coaching sessions include:

  • Individualized leadership goals
  • Connecting with opportunities both on and off campus
  • Academic planning
  • Holistic advising

Collaboration and Connection

To create a community of high-achieving leaders who will continue to support each other well after leaving UNH, the program offers both structured opportunities for collaboration and informal social activities designed to create lasting relationships. Recent examples include:

  • Celebration Luncheon with Dana Hamel
  • Volunteering at Partners for World Health
  • Weekend retreat to Alnoba
  • Team building at Boda Borg Boston
  • Hamel Scholar explores marine life in a touch tank

    Hamel Scholar explores marine life in a touch tank on Appledore Island.

  • Hamel Scholars volunteering

    Hamel Scholars volunteer

  • Hamel Scholars volunteer

    Hamel Scholars forming new friendships at volunteer event.

  • Hamel Scholar explores tech at Deka

    Hamel Scholar explores tech at Deka

  • New Hamel Scholar meets Dana Hamel Celebration Luncheon Fall 2023

    New Hamel Scholar meets Dana Hamel Celebration Luncheon Fall 2023

  • Hamel Scholars at the State House

    Hamel Scholars at the State House Fall Retreat 2023

New Hampshire Network Building

The Hamel Scholars Program connects students with inspirational New Hampshire leaders, including lawmakers and business leaders, as well as Hamel Scholars alumni. These connections serve students as they seek opportunities at UNH and in their career and help them stay linked to the state in the future. Recent guests include:

  • Governor Chris Sununu
  • Chief Justice Tina Nadeau
  • Dean Kamen, Founder of DEKA
  • Tina Sawtelle, Executive Director of The Music Hall
  • Sarah Winter Whelan, Executive Director of Healthy Ocean Coalition

Leadership Skills

The Hamel Scholars Program leverages the wealth of teaching, training, and coaching expertise at the University of New Hampshire and in the state to provide Scholars a curated program of leadership skill-building workshops. Recent opportunities include:

  • The Washington Center's week-long Inside Washington program
  • Leveraging LinkedIn and Portfolios
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Developing Meaningful Goals
  • Hamel Alum speaks to current Hamels

    Alana Davidson '17 Hamel Alum speaks to current Hamel Scholars

  • Jessica Newnan, '17, speaks with Hamel Scholars at the Fall 2023 Celebration Luncheon

    Jessica Newnan, '17, speaks with Hamel Scholars at the Fall 2023 Celebration Luncheon

  • Hamel Scholars meet Judge Nadeau Fall 2023

    Hamel Scholars meet Judge Nadeau Fall 2023

  • Fall 2023 Incoming Hamel Scholars meet Governor Chris Sununu

    Fall 2023 Incoming Hamel Scholars meet Governor Chris Sununu

Hamel Scholars Embrace New Hampshire Retreat

Before the start of their Freshman year, new Hamel Scholars are welcomed to the program with a week-long retreat celebrating our state's unique natural, civic, and business landscape. Fall 2023 Freshmen experiences included:

  • Meet and greet with state senators and the governor at the Capitol Building
  • Behind the scenes tour of scientific innovation at DEKA
  • Marine science overnight on Appledore Island
  • Portsmouth Black Heritage Tour and visit to Strawbery Banke

 

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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 spring of their sophomore year.

The Hamel Scholars Program supports its students in developing their leadership skills and helping them pursue individualized leadership goals, which they identify through one-on-one advising sessions and large group whole-cohort meetings. In reaching their identified goals, Hamel Scholars may work in small teams to design and execute a brand-new initiative to help the campus or local community, or they may work as an individual to rise to a leadership role in an existing campus organization, group or community program.

The Hamel Scholars Program offers skill-building and professional-development workshops, volunteer opportunities, twice-annual Leadership Luncheons with high-profile speakers, and intimate "Teas with Trailblazers" to provide Scholars more personal conversations with leaders in a variety of arenas. Scholars are expected to participate in a select number of these opportunities each semester.

Along with the requirements above, Hamel Scholars must continue to make progress toward completion of the University Honors Program requirements.

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. 

Hamel Scholars alumni are welcome and encouraged to continue their involvement post-graduation!

Our Scholars truly benefit from the support, expertise, and mentorship of our Hamel Alums. Please know that you have an open invitation to return to campus for any of our Hamel Scholars events, formal or casual. 

Experts, leaders, scholars, and thinkers in all fields are encouraged to reach out to Daphne Chevalier, Hamel Scholars Program Alumni Coordinator, to arrange a pop-up seminar or workshop, or for an invitation to chat with a small group of current Scholars at a "Tea with Trailblazers" event.

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Student shaking hands with robotic prosthetic arm

Hamel Scholars Meet Governor, Engage With Innovative Technology During Retreat

Hamel Scholars Meet Governor, Engage With Innovative Technology During Retreat

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Dana Hamel having a conversation with students

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