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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.

Eligibility to earn a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is based on students' first-time scores on high school MCAS tests.

Notification letters are sent to high schools, who then distribute them to students and their families. Once parents/guardians receive the letter, they should keep it in a secure location for reference. 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.

Parents/guardians who need an additional copy of their child's letter should contact their child's high school principal or guidance counselor.

MCAS Requirements for Scholarship Eligibility

Additional Criteria to Receive the Adams Scholarship

Scholarship Award Notification Letters

Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities that Accept the Adams Scholarship

Last Updated: July 19, 2022

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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