Student Scholarships, Awards & Special Programs

Comparison of Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Award John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
Students qualify for the Koplik certificate by 1) scoring at the Advanced level on the grade 10 MCAS test in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, or Science and Technology/Engineering and Proficient or higher in the other two subject tests and 2) demonstrating additional academic achievements on AP and/or SAT II (subject tests) Exams. The Koplik certificate provides a tuition credit to a MA state college or university. Students qualify for the Adams Scholarship by 1) scoring at the Advanced level on the grade 10 MCAS test in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, or Science and Technology/Engineering and Proficient or higher in the other two subject tests and 2) having a combined score that places them in the top 25% of students in their district. The Adams scholarship provides a tuition credit to a MA state college or university.
Students may take the grade 10 MCAS tests * a second time in grade 11 in an attempt to meet the eligibility requirements for the Koplik certificate.

*STE re-take added per Commissioner's Update 12/22/11
Students are not allowed to take grade 10 MCAS tests a second time. The Adams scholarship is based on first time grade 10 test takers.
Students must submit an application for the Koplik award to their School Counselor or Koplik Coordinator by the 1st of May of their senior year. There is no application for the Adams scholarship award. Students who qualify for the scholarship receive an award letter in the fall of their senior year.
In order to use the award, students must present a copy of their certificate to the financial aid office at the Massachusetts state college or university they plan to attend and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. In order to use the award, students must present their award letter to the financial aid office of the Massachusetts state college or university they plan to attend and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.
The tuition credit must be used in the fall of the year the student graduates from high school. The tuition credit must be used within 6 years of a student's high school graduation.
The tuition credit is in effect for eight consecutive semesters provided that the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. If the GPA falls below 3.3 the student loses the tuition credit. The tuition credit is in effect for eight semesters provided that the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the GPA falls below 3.0 the student loses the tuition credit.
The tuition credit applies to all Massachusetts public state colleges and universities with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The tuition credit applies to all Massachusetts public state colleges and universities with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
A student who receives both the Koplik Scholarship and a Pell Grant is eligible for funds through the Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grant. A student who receives both the Adams Scholarship and a Pell Grant is not automatically eligible for funds through the Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grant.

Additional information is available on the following websites:

View HTML Page
Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Awards
View External Link
Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver Program
View HTML Page
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
View External Link
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program

Please Note: While a student may receive both the Adams Scholarship and the Koplik Certificate, only one may be used to waive tuition. The other will be considered recognition of outstanding achievement.

 
Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

Directions

Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.