High Demand Scholarships

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The High Demand Scholarship program provides scholarships to students who are majoring in fields identified as being in high demand in the Massachusetts job market. Students must be currently enrolled at a public college or university in Massachusetts in a high demand major, such as health care, education, STEM, or finance. Grants range from $2,000-$6,500 per-year depending on whether students are part or full time and which type of public college or university they attend.

The Department of Higher Education projects which degree programs will be in highest demand in the job market over the coming years using state and national data sources. High Demand Scholarships are available to students who are majoring in fields where additional workers are necessary. Currently, eligible fields include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Nursing, Teacher Education, Computer Science, and Finance.

High Demand Scholarship Awards are determined by a committee within the Department of Higher Education who weigh merit and financial need when making their decision. The amount of individual scholarship awards varies depending upon how many credits a student is taking. Maximum awards are $4,000 per year for students in community colleges, $5,500 for those in state universities, and $6,500 for those in state universities. Maximum amounts are available for full time students, and half of these maximums are available to part time students. In 2013, 800 scholarships were awarded to students in the spring semester, with 416 awarded to UMass students, 224 to students at state universities, and 160 to community college students.

Updated January 2017