Scholarships & Grants

Nichols College offers three categories of scholarships for full-time students who demonstrate financial need or a strong track record of academic performance. 

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Financial Aid Scholarships

Family Tuition Scholarship

The Family Tuition Scholarship is awarded when two siblings simultaneously attend Nichols College full time in the day division. The award amount is $1,000 per year for each student. This scholarship is renewable as long as both students remain enrolled full time in the day division and remain in good academic standing. When one student graduates, the remaining student may qualify for the Nichols Legacy Scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to full-time day students whose parent, sibling or grandparent received his or her undergraduate or graduate degree from Nichols College. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to students who meet eligibility requirements and maintains satisfactory academic progress. This scholarship is self-reported by the student or family. Students must notify the Financial Aid Office that they have met the scholarship criteria prior to the start of classes.

International Scholarship

The International Scholarship is awarded to full-time day division international students. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable annually as long as the student remains enrolled full-time in the day division and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Fels Commuter Scholarship for Webster and Dudley Residents

Alumnus Gerald Fels and his wife Marilyn generously offer a $5,000 scholarship to Dudley and Webster residents who commute to Nichols College in their first year. The Fels Commuter Scholarship is renewable for three years, for a total value of $20,000. To be considered, students must be accepted to the College and file a FAFSA application for financial aid. Students may also be eligible for additional scholarships. For more information, contact the admissions office at 508-213-2203

Merit Scholarships

Academically based merit scholarships are awarded to qualified full-time incoming students based on their academic achievement. Amounts are determined by a combination of factors including, but not limited to: SAT scores, Cumulative GPA, and extracurricular resume. These scholarships are awarded as each application is processed and the FAFSA is not required for consideration of these awards.

Merit scholarships are fully renewable as long as students maintain satisfactory progress. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and continue to be enrolled full-time while completing 12 credit hours or more per semester.

Nichols Honors Scholarship

President’s Achievement Scholarship

Trustees Achievement Scholarship

Dean’s Achievement Scholarship

Nichols Early Acceptance Grant

Nichols Honors Scholar Grant

A limited number of highly qualified students will be invited to participate in the Nichols College Honors Scholar Program. These students receive and additional $1,000 per year grant.

Named Scholarships

Many endowed scholarships do not require a separate application. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to be considered for any scholarships that require financial need for consideration. The Financial Aid Office will email an application to full-time day students each fall semester, along with instructions, deadlines and scholarship criteria. Late applicants are disqualified.

Joan Fels Endowed Scholarships

These scholarships were established by Marilyn and Gerald Fels in memory of his mother, Mrs. Joan Fels. They support graduating high school seniors from Webster or Dudley who plan to matriculate at Nichols College as commuter students. The student must attend full time in the day division and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided the student maintains a 2.5 grade point average and continues to demonstrate financial need each year.

Fels Commuter Scholarship for Webster and Dudley Residents

Gerald Fels ‘66 and his wife Marilyn generously offer a $5,000 scholarship to Dudley and Webster residents who commute to Nichols College during their first year. The Fels Scholarship is renewable with a maximum value of $20,000. To be considered, students must be accepted to the college and file a FAFSA application for financial aid. Students may also be eligible for additional scholarships. For more information, contact the admissions office at 508-213-2203

Robert B. Kuppenheimer Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship, named for alumnus and Trustee Robert B. Kuppenheimer, supports up to eight worthy students who reside in a Midwestern state and receive solid recommendations from their guidance counselors. Each recipient will receive $5,000 per year toward the cost of tuition.

John F. Birch, Jr. ’73 Memorial Scholarship

The John F. Birch, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was created by the parents and estate of the late John F. Birch, class of 1973. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in accounting and entering his or her senior year with proven academic excellence and financial need. Selection is made by an Accounting Department committee.

Hal Chalmers/Elks Scholarship

The Hal Chalmers/Elks Scholarship is awarded by committee to a student from Dudley, Webster or Oxford. Eligibility is based on financial need. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Col. James L. Conrad Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Col. James L. Conrad who served as president of Nichols College from 1931 to 1966. Residents of northern Worcester County (Leominster north to the New Hampshire line) are eligible. The scholarship award, renewable for up to three years, is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership potential and financial need. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Professor Keith Corkum Endowed Scholarship in Economics

This selection of the Professor Keith Corkum Endowed Scholarship is made by committee and based on academic achievement and service to the Nichols community. The recipient must be a junior or senior student with a major or minor in Economics. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Peter B. Dixon Endowed Scholarship

Peter Dixon’s intention in endowing the scholarship was to broaden the geographical base for the College – to get the name of Nichols ore recognized outside the New England are and in his home state of New Jersey. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in financial need, with a preference to students of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey.

James Dunbar Scholarship in Criminal Justice

The selection of the James Dunbar Scholarship in Criminal Justice is made by committee and based on academic achievement and service to the Nichols community. The recipient must be a junior or senior majoring in Criminal Justice Management or General Business. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Dean Robert H. Eaton Memorial Scholarship

The Dean Robert H. Eaton Memorial Scholarship was created by family, alumni and friends of the late Dean Eaton in tribute to his 42 years of service to Nichols College. The scholarship is awarded to a resident of New Hampshire who has at least a 2.5 grade point average, has completed at least 15 credit hours and demonstrates financial need. Minimum award is $250. Annual availability is based on interest on the fund.

Faucher Endowed Scholarship

Awards of the Faucher Endowed Scholarship are based on financial need, good citizenship and community involvement. The recipient must permanently reside in Thompson, Connecticut and be either a commuter or a resident student. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Fischer Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student involved in the Washington Internship Program. The recipient must be a junior with a 3.0 or higher GPA, be of outstanding moral character and be recommended by two Nichols College professors. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest on the fund.

George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. The amount and number of scholarships offered is based on donations to the fund annually. Recipients are chosen by the Director of Financial Aid. Russell E. Fuller Endowed Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to economically disadvantaged students from the city of Worcester. Students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Recipients are chosen by the Financial Aid Office and selection is based on financial need. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.

 

James C. Gahan IV Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Nichols student James C. Gahan IV. The recipient must be a junior or senior majoring in General Business or Business Communication, with 60+ hours of coursework completed. Selection is determined by committee and based on academic achievement and service to the Nichols community. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest on the fund, not to exceed $2,500.

Edwin L. Hubbard Faculty Scholarship

Annually, at the Spring Academic Honor Societies’ induction ceremony, the faculty awards the Hubbard Faculty Scholarship, which was created by and in honor of Professor Emeritus Edwin Hubbard, to a deserving student who is an outstanding scholar in the sophomore class.

Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants

The Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants awards one scholarship annually to an accounting major with high academic achievement. Selection is made by the Accounting Department Head. The recipient is honored at the spring awards banquet. The award is usually $1,000 and is not renewable.

John R. Suleski, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

The John R. Suleski, Jr., Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior from either Tourtellotte High School or Woodstock Academy. If funding allows, the award may be renewed for up to three years, providing that the recipient makes satisfactory progress toward graduation and maintains a 2.0 GPA. If the holder of the scholarship falls below a 2.0 GPA, a new, incoming freshman student shall be selected. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Daniel Van Leuvan Memorial Scholarship for Education

This annual award from the Daniel Van Leuvan Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to a second semester junior enrolled in the Educator Preparation Program. The award is based on financial need, academic achievement and overall contribution to the Nichols community. The amount and availability of this award is dependent upon interest earned on the fund.

Wigglesworth Scholarship

The Wigglesworth Scholarship honors a student who has excelled in the classroom and demonstrates a commitment to the Nichols community. The student must be a junior majoring in a business field who has earned a 3.0 or greater GPA. This scholarship is funded by an annual gift of $1,000 from the donor, Paul Wigglesworth. A worthy recipient is selected upon receipt of the annual donation.

Need Based Grants

Awarded to students with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.