Student Scholarships, Awards & Special Programs

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition credit for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation.

In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students must meet the eligibility criteria below.

For students in the classes of 2019 and 2020:

  • score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
  • score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school MCAS tests; and
  • have combined scores from the three MCAS tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

For students in the classes of 2021 and 2022:

  • score at the Advanced performance level (or the next-generation MCAS equivalent) on one of the three high school MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
  • score at the Proficient level (or the next-generation MCAS equivalent) or higher on the remaining two high school MCAS tests; and
  • have combined scores from the three MCAS tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

Scholarship eligibility for students in the class of 2023 and beyond will be determined at a later date.

Scholarship eligibility is based on each student's first attempt at taking the spring grade 10 MCAS tests in ELA and Mathematics (and for students in the class of 2016 and beyond, eligibility is based on their first attempt at taking one of the four STE tests). In order to receive the scholarship, a student must be enrolled in a Massachusetts public high school in his or her senior year.

Students who qualify for the scholarship will receive award letters and further information in the fall of their senior year. The letter is important because students must provide a copy of it along with their completed FAFSA application each year. Without this letter, the college/university will not apply the tuition credit.

Students in charter schools and students who participate in school choice or METCO are eligible for the scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements for either the school they attend or the district in which they reside.

In order to claim the Adams Scholarship, the student must

  • be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to entering college as a freshman;
  • United States Citizen or a non-citizen authorized by the federal government to live and work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • be a graduate of a Massachusetts public high school;
  • be accepted at a Massachusetts public college or university;
  • complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • submit the Adams Scholarship award letter to the financial aid office; and
  • enroll as a full-time student.

To continue receiving the Adams Scholarship, a student must

  • be enrolled full-time at a public higher education institution;
  • maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on all college work; and
  • annually complete the FAFSA.

Eligible students who first enrolled in a private college or public university in another state may activate their Adams Scholarship upon transfer to a Massachusetts public college or university, provided they have previously maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

For additional information, call 781-338-3625 or send an email to mcas@doe.mass.edu.

Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities that Accept the Adams Scholarship

Community Colleges

State Colleges and Universities


University of Massachusetts


 
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