Scholarships

Students in the College of Health and Human Services can be nominated for CHHS and department-specific scholarships and awards listed below.  In addition, the University of New Hampshire offers campus-wide scholarship opportunities and student awards.

The UNH Financial Aid Office administers all financial aid to incoming students.

The UNH Fellowships Office provides information, counsel, and editorial support to highly motivated students (undergraduates, graduate students, and UNH alumni) applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. The Office also assists faculty members who serve as mentors/references, and coordinates campus interviews and nominations.

CHHS Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide meritorious support to students in CHHS who plan to work with children. Preference is given to students in Health Management and Policy, Human Development and Family Studies, and Social Work, and to students who demonstrate a commitment to community service. Recipients should be in their sophomore or junior year of their undergraduate studies and have a 3.20 GPA or above. Awardees may receive up to $1,200.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for a CHHS scholarship or award is Monday, March 28, 2022. Applications should be submitted online using the following link: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY .

You will need to upload a 1-page essay that describes how you fit with the scholarship purpose, qualifications, and preferences. For those scholarships and awards that are needs-based, the UNH Financial Aid Office will confirm financial need prior to award selection. For the two research awards, a full proposal is required. 

The Behavioral Health Scholars scholarship program is a partnership between the College of Health and Human Services and Network4Health, an organization of over 40 partners in the greater Manchester area that are working together to improve overall health and wellness in the community. UNH is partnering with Network4Health to offer this scholarship with the goal of increasing the behavioral health workforce in areas of critical shortage, and enhancing awareness of careers in human services and behavioral health fields.

The scholarship program aims to increase participation and matriculation in behavioral health-oriented degree programs at UNH, particularly at the graduate level. Scholarship awards are a maximum of $2,500 ($1,250 for part time students) for the semester, or $5,000 ($2,500 for part time students) for the academic year.

Students who live or work in the following New Hampshire towns are eligible to apply: Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Chester, Danville, Deerfield, Derry, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, New Boston, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, Windham.  

For more information and to apply, visit the Behavioral Health Scholars page. 

The Grimes II Award promotes high quality undergraduate and graduate research by providing incentives to faculty and outstanding students who will mutually benefit from a collaborative research project. For the Grimes II Award, faculty-student teams are invited to submit a proposal. Awards can be up to $8000. Eligibility: Rising senior or first year/continuing graduate student in CHHS major. 
 
Maximum amount awarded: $
8,000
 
Proposals must include: A detailed description of the research project and the student’s role in the project; Project timeline and budget; Letter from the partnering faculty member that outlines how the inclusion of the student will contribute to the faculty member’s research program and to the student’s academic interests and development; Deliverables at the conclusion of the project (e.g., manuscript submissions, conference presentations, etc.). Student winner will be invited to serve as the keynote presenter at next year’s Grimes Research Competition (April 2023).

Submit applications by Monday, March 28, 2022 either by email to erin.sharp@unh.edu or through this Qualtrics link https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to CHHS students from New Hampshire who have demonstrated their intent to work to support mental health. Preference is given to undergraduate students, though graduate students will be considered. Recipients must be from New Hampshire and have a 3.20 GPA or above. Awardees may receive up to $4,000.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for a CHHS scholarship or award is Monday, March 28, 2022. Applications should be submitted online using the following link: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY .

You will need to upload a 1-page essay that describes how you fit with the scholarship purpose, qualifications, and preferences. For those scholarships and awards that are needs-based, the UNH Financial Aid Office will confirm financial need prior to award selection. For the two research awards, a full proposal is required. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to undergraduate CHHS students that have demonstrated academic excellence in a health-related field of study. Recipients must be sophomores or juniors with a 3.20 GPA or above. Awardees may receive up to $2,600.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for a CHHS scholarship or award is Monday, March 28, 2022. Applications should be submitted online using the following link: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY .

You will need to upload a 1-page essay that describes how you fit with the scholarship purpose, qualifications, and preferences. For those scholarships and awards that are needs-based, the UNH Financial Aid Office will confirm financial need prior to award selection. For the two research awards, a full proposal is required. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide needs-based support for undergraduate and graduate students with interest in leadership and engagement in health system reform, health law, population and public health, or long-term care and aging. Preference given to students engaged with the Institute for Health Policy and Practice or the Institute on Disability. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA or above and demonstrated financial need. Awardees may receive up to $3,000.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for a CHHS scholarship or award is Monday, March 28, 2022. Applications should be submitted online using the following link: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY .

You will need to upload a 1-page essay that describes how you fit with the scholarship purpose, qualifications, and preferences. For those scholarships and awards that are needs-based, the UNH Financial Aid Office will confirm financial need prior to award selection. For the two research awards, a full proposal is required. 

This award supports a faculty-student collaborative research or community service project, outside of a classroom setting. The goals of this collaborative project should include promoting awareness or enhancing knowledge of a specific issue or need relevant to health education, student health issues, public policy and/or human services to the wider University community. Eligibility: Undergraduate student eligibility: Rising junior or senior (cannot be awarded to graduating senior) with a GPA of 3.20 or higher. Graduate student eligibility: Continuing graduate student with meritorious academic performance.

Maximum amount available: $2,400 split equally between faculty member and student.

Proposals must include: Description of the faculty-student collaborative relationships; Description of how the project promotes awareness or enhances knowledge of an issue or need relevant to health education, student health issues, public policy and/or human services to the broader University community; Project budget.

Submit applications by Monday, March 28, 2022 either by email to erin.sharp@unh.edu or through this Qualtrics link

https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8k2eqKcPxsvFHeK .

The Theo-Steelman Public Service Fellowship was established to create opportunities for CHHS undergraduate and graduate students to gain either practical experience or research experience focused on the public service sector. Preference will be given to students who are first-generation college students and/or to those with financial need. Awards can be up to $8000. Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students in CHHS major with meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher). 
 
Maximum amount awarded: $8,000
 
Proposals must include: A detailed description of the public service project which can be a practical project or a research project; Letter from the partnering faculty member that outlines how the faculty member will mentor the student during the project; Deliverables at the conclusion of the project. 

Submit applications by Monday, March 28, 2022 either by email to erin.sharp@unh.edu or through this Qualtrics link https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YrfE2ivjNcinY .

Human Development and Family Studies

The Noah Feldman Scholarship Award was created in 1994 in memory of a special needs child who attended UNH Child Study and Development Center.  The Feldman Scholaship is awarded to one or more students interested in the inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood settings.  Recipients must be seniors in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and experience in the classroom with special needs children.  

The purpose of the Alice Freeman Reed Scholarship Fund is to provide a needs-based award to undergraduate students at the University of New Hampshire who major in Human Development and Family Studies.  To be eligible for the award:

  1. Recipients must be in their freshman, sophmore, or junior year of their undergraduate studies.
  2. Recipients must be first-in-family college students.

Awardees may receive up to $2,000, and must remain enrolled as Human Development and Family Studies during the year they recieve the funding.  If a student transfers out of the Human Development and Family Studies major in the year they receive the scholarship, the award will be withdrawn.  

Kinesiology

This prestigious award has been in existence since 1970 and many of its past recipients have become leaders in their area of professional development. This variable monetary award was created in the memory of Barbara King Newman, a past faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology who dedicated her life to the teaching of physical movement, particularly with children.

A Newman Scholar is an all-around undergraduate Kinesiology student who is engaged in scholarship and service to the Department, the University or the community.  The recipient possesses athletic ability and strong leadership potential.  In short, the student is the kind of person you would want as a friend or teammate and who we are proud to have represent our Department, College and the University of New Hampshire.

Students will be nominated by KIN faculty members and nominations will be evaluated by a KIN faculty committee. Students do not apply for the awards.

The Joyce V Hiller Scholarship Fund was created in 2000 to annually recognize, celebrate and support the achievements and contributions of an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. The monetary award received varies annually.

The Hiller Scholar displays strong academic merit and must be actively engaged in the service to youth; whether through teaching, coaching, adventure programming, delivery of fitness training, etc.

Students will be nominated by KIN faculty members and nominations will be evaluated by a KIN faculty committee. Students do not apply for the awards.

The Stephen Hardy Award was created in 2015 to annually recognize, celebrate and support the achievements and contributions of an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. This scholarship award recognizes independent student research.

The Hardy Award recipient(s) independently developed a research question, collected data for the research project, analyzed the data and presented their findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference or Grimes Competition.

Students will be nominated by KIN faculty members and nominations will be evaluated by a KIN faculty committee. Students do not apply for the awards.

The Robert Kertzer Scholarship was first awarded in 2002 to provide scholarship support to a student majoring in Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire.  The award is in honor of Dr. Robert Kertzer who established the Exercise Science program at the University of New Hampshire in 1995.

The Robert Kertzer Scholar is an Exercise Science student whose commitment to excellence is demonstrated both in and out of the classroom and laboratory. Awards are based on academic merit, commitment to the UNH Exercise Science Program displayed through daily passion and energy, as well as dedication to the profession.

Students will be nominated by KIN faculty members and nominations will be evaluated by a KIN faculty committee. Students do not apply for the awards.

The Neil B. Vroman Student Engagement Award Fund was created in 2016 to annually recognize, celebrate and support the achievements and contributions of an undergraduate student in the University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services, with preference to students from the Department of Kinesiology, Neil’s home department. The Vroman Award is given to a junior or senior in good academic standing for use during their senior year at UNH or future endeavors following graduation.

The awarded student is someone who pursued academic and/or co-curricular engagement that added value to their undergraduate experience and is someone who positively contributes to others. This is an award for the type of student Neil enjoyed visiting with in his office, “good people”, who seeks out opportunities and is not afraid to seize them. The student with that kind of zeal for life receives this support and recognition so that they might thrive in the future.

Students will be nominated by KIN faculty members and nominations will be evaluated by a KIN faculty committee. Students do not apply for the awards.

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Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Both the Army and Air Force offer ROTC scholarships on a competitive basis. For more information, call (603) 862-1078 for United States Army or call (603) 862-1480 for United States Air Force.

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students who qualify academically, are pursuing a health-related field of study, and have been and continue to be residents for a minimum of two years of one of the nine Seacoast communities in the foundation’s service area (Portsmouth, Newington, New Castle, Greenland, Rye, and North Hampton, NH; Kittery, Eliot, and York, Maine.) Awards are based primarily on academic achievement and potential as demonstrated by test scores, rank in class or grade-point averages, difficulty of course selection, and commitment to the field of health. Financial need is not a consideration.
Foundation for Seacoast Health

Students who can demonstrate financial need can apply for low interest loans. This loan is available to New Hampshire residents.  Application is made as posted on Nursing Bb, when available.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization known as a community foundation. Since it was established in 1962, many individual donors have created more than 1,000 permanently endowed funds to support nonprofit organizations and to assist New Hampshire residents with education expenses. Twenty-one percent of the foundation’s assets are devoted to providing student aid. Any New Hampshire resident who is at least a half-time student at an accredited educational institution may apply. Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, or adult students may apply. Applications are available through NHCF Student Aid, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-4005, (603) 225-6641 or visit our website.

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

This fund provides annual scholarships for individuals pursing post-secondary school education in the fields of nursing, medicine or social work, but due to financial circumstances may be unable or restricted from pursing such education.  Applicants must be New Hampshire residents, with the intention of working in New Hampshire.

Occupational Therapy

The Elizabeth A. Stewart Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a senior UNH Occupational Therapy student that will be continuing their education at UNH in the Masters of OT program next year.

Criteria:

  • Senior UNH Occupational Therapy Student who will enroll in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at UNH
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • In good standing with the UNH Conduct System
  • Actively involved at UNH and in his/her community

Application Process:

1. Complete an essay (see below for details)

2. Resume

Application Essay:

Write an essay (250 words max) in which you answer the following questions:

1. Why are you passionate about Occupational Therapy and how do you hope to make an impact in your community by practicing OT?

2. “The World According to Beth” was made up of four pillars: ethics, respect, integrity and communication. How do you exhibit these qualities in your academic, professional and personal life?

Please mail or deliver your essay to the UNH Occupational Therapy Department, Attention: Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, 126 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or email nancy.lindley@unh.edu. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4:30PM. Submission deadline is the Monday after Spring break. 

About Elizabeth A. Stewart:

Elizabeth “Beth” Stewart was a committed professor in the UNH Occupational Therapy Department for nearly ten years. She graduated from the UNH Occupational Therapy Program in1988 and received her master’s in health management from New England College. Beth practiced occupational therapy for twenty-five years and was known for her ability to make personal connections with her patients. When she began teaching at UNH, she eagerly shared her passion for the profession in the classroom and instilled her professional values in her students. Students embraced Beth’s values and coined her perspective as “The World According to Beth.” In 2013, Beth received a Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing her dedication and the influence she had on her students as they prepared to become occupational therapists.

The Claire and Henry Grady Scholarship for Diversity was established through the generosity of Dr. Elizabeth Crepeau (occupational therapy professor emeritus) and Roderick Crepeau.

It was their desire to help UNH fulfill its mission to create an inclusive community for diverse students, faculty, and staff, while demonstrating their commitment to supporting the education of professional occupational therapy students. In honor of Claire and Henry Grady, who embraced the values of compassion, acceptance, hard work, giving to community and commitment to education, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated these values through their actions.

The selection process involves the review of applications by OT faculty of OT juniors, seniors or graduate students.  They select applicants they feel represent the values and goals of this scholarship towards enhancing UNH as a diverse community and also have a financial need.

Application

To apply, OT junior, senior and graduate student applicants must:

1.  Write a two page (one and half spaced) narrative essay describing their experience of diversity and actions that contribute to UNH as an inclusive community. This essay topic enables faculty to consider a person’s narrative as it reflects the spirit of the Grady scholarship. This criterion for this scholarship is a student with financial need who has demonstrates the values of compassion, acceptance, hard work, giving to community and commitment to education in an inclusive setting.

2.  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, form, (if you have not done so already) to certify that you have financial need. The form can be obtained at the Financial Aid Office and sent to the FAFSA Federal Processor as soon as possible (filing deadline is March 1. We do not need a copy of this but it must be filed).

3.  Please mail or deliver your essay to the UNH Occupational Therapy Department, Attention: Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, 126 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or email nancy.lindley@unh.edu. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4:30PM. Submission deadline is the Monday after Spring break. 

Marion Mitchell Cutts' bequest honors her parents.  This generous endowment enables the occupational therapy (OT) faculty to grant scholarships to University of New Hampshire occupational therapy majors. The scholarships are awarded annually to one or more occupational therapy student of need with an outstanding ability and morals. Occupational therapy faculty review applications and select scholarship recipients. Scholarships shall be awarded first to sophomore students, then to junior students, then to senior students or graduate student, and finally to freshman students.

Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s standing in the major during the academic year that the application is submitted and reviewed. Scholarship amounts awarded vary a great deal from year to year, and depend upon the status of the endowment, and number of qualified applicants. However, the range of scholarship amounts has been $500 to $2000.

The factors considered in making decisions include: financial need as determined by the FAFSA form, academic ability as reflected by overall grade point average, and commitment to the profession and leadership qualities, as articulated in the written essay as described below.

To apply students must do the following:

1. Complete the FAFSA, if you have not done so already, to certify that you have financial need. The form can be obtained at the Financial Aid Office. You should send the FAFSA form to the Federal Processor as soon as possible (filing deadline is March 1, 2020).  We do not need a copy of this, but it must be filed.

2. Write a one-page (single spaced) essay describing the way your current activities (school, extracurricular, family and / or work) contribute to your future as a leader in the occupational therapy profession. This essay topic, in conjunction with GPA, enables faculty to consider the spirit of purpose of the Mitchell Scholarship and award students with financial need who have demonstrated “outstanding ability and morals in the field of Occupational Therapy” through their excellence in the classroom and service to the community.

Please mail or deliver your essay to the UNH Occupational Therapy Department, Attention: Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, 126 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or email nancy.lindley@unh.edu. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4:30PM. Submission deadline is the Monday after Spring break. 

Recreation Management and Policy

The Jake Shumway Award was created in 2003 to annually recognize a first-year student in the Outdoor Education program who the faculty identifies as having great promise. The award memorializes Jake, a first-year student in the Outdoor Education major. Jake was enthusiastic and spirited, regularly recognized by faculty as a rising star. Jake Shumway was a student who was going to make a difference in the field of Outdoor Education. Unfortunately, Jake passed in the winter of his second semester while on a personal adventure. It was a difficult loss for his family and the Outdoor Education community.

The Shumway Award recipients are first year students who stand out for a variety of reasons: academically, socially, ethically, and have a great love of outdoor education.  They, like Jake did, show great promise to have a positive impact on the world.

Social Work

The Robert Jolley Scholarship is to provide need-based scholarship support to students majoring in Social Work.  Preference would be given to given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in the international aspects of social work.

This scholarship is for one academic year in the amount of $1000 (+) depending on the year.

Award Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a registered full time student at the UNH.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Applicant must have satisfactory academic standing.
  • Applicant must submit a personal essay

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The purpose of the Sharyn Zunz Scholarship Fund is to provide meritorious scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Social Work and participating in an international or domestic academic study and travel program through the University of New Hampshire. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.

Dr. Zunz believes that travel is a means of widening one’s perspectives through firsthand exposure to people and cultural institutions beyond the traveler’s usual experience. She established this scholarship to enable graduate and undergraduate social work students to participate in educationally sponsored travel with the goal of expanding their appreciation for the diversity of human experiences.

Priority for this scholarship will be given to students participating in courses sponsored by the UNH Department of Social Work.

Two scholarships are offered each year: See international social work opportunities to learn more about department offerings. 

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The Christopher Arre scholarship was established in 2004 by  friends, family, and colleagues  to honor the memory of Christopher Arre, a Manchester MSW student, Class of 2004, who dedicated many years of social service prior to his graduate education. Sadly, Christopher’s life was cut short by a tragic accident and he was unable to accomplish his life goals of attaining his MSW and helping populations in need. This scholarship is awarded at the UNH Department of Social Work Social Work Month event in March to a graduate student who espouses the values of social justice end ethical practice that Christopher Arre’s life represented. Christopher worked in the field of mental health, both with adults and with children. He was completing an internship working with homeless veterans when he died. He was well-loved by his classmates.

The individual selected for this award must be pursuing a career in social work at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester campus, and demonstrate academic achievement and personal accomplishments in the social work field.

The student will receive an award of $500.00 which will be used for the purpose of graduate education in social work.
Award Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a registered student at the University of New Hampshire Manchester MSW Program
  • Applicant must have completed one full year of the MSW program
  • Applicant must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Applicant must have a strong academic record with a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must show a proven record of social service to the community.
  • Applicant must submit a personal essay.
  • Applicant must be available to accept the award on both Wed. March 25 in Durham at 6:30 and in Manchester Friday March 27 at 6:00 PM

This scholarship is offered every other year.

The purpose of the ‘Pauline Soukaris Memorial Scholarship’ is to honor the memory of Pauline Soukaris by providing scholarship support for undergraduate students enrolled in the Dept. of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire.  Awards will be based on academic merit, financial need, and personal characteristics that reflect a dedication to the work of promoting Social Services.  The selection is made in April for the following academic year by faculty and CHHS.  Preference for the award is current sophomores and juniors, who will be juniors and seniors once the scholarship posts to their account.

The purpose of the “Dr. L. Rene Bergeron Scholarship Fund” is to provide need-based meritorious scholarship support for undergraduate or graduate students studying social work in the College of Health and Human Services.  Preference is for junior or senior undergraduates and master of social work (MSW) graduate students with a demonstrated interest in working with the elderly.  This scholarship was created in memory of long time Department of Social Work faculty member L. Rene Bergeron ’73, whose research focused on gerontology.  The Department will select the student in spring semester to receive the scholarship the following academic year.