Scholarships

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

CHHS Scholarships

This Anna Catherine Clark scholarship is awarded to an outstanding CHHS student enrolled in a discipline focused on services for children (past award winners from HDFS and SW).

  • Prior year award: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Continuing, full-time status (cannot be awarded to a graduating senior)
  • Who may nominate? Faculty or Staff Member; Students may self-nominate
  • Type of scholarship: Merit-based
  • Awarded based on:
    • Meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher)
    • Strong commitment to/active involvement in community service
    • Letter of recommendation from faculty or staff member

Since 1999 the Grimes Undergraduate Research Competition has encouraged and rewarded outstanding research and scholarship among CHHS students and faculty. The original Grimes award supports an oral presentation competition among undergraduate students that takes place during the URC every spring. For the Grimes II Award, faculty-student teams are invited to submit a competitive proposal to undertake a more intensive mentor-research partnership. One award will be available. For the selected team, a summer 2019 or fall 2019 stipend will be provided to the student and the faculty member will receive a semester course buyout the following academic year. Nomination Due Date: November 16, 2018

  • Maximum amount available: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Rising senior or first year/continuing graduate student in CHHS major
  • Who may nominate? A member of the CHHS faculty who has selected a student to conduct intensive research under the faculty member’s direction and the faculty member and student submit the nomination proposal as a team.
  • Student/faculty teams interested in this award should submit a proposal that addresses the following:
    • Team proposal that contains a detailed description of the research project and student’s role in project
    • Project budget
    • Letter from 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
    • Deliverables to be produced: manuscript submissions, conference presentations, etc.
    • Student commitment to serve as the keynote presenter at the Grimes Research Competition on Friday, April 17, 2020 (approximate date; actual date not determined yet).

The Rogers Fund provides a scholarship and/or research fellowship assistance to a CHHS student pursuing service or research in the field of mental illness.

  • Prior year award: $1,500
  • Eligibility:
    • New Hampshire resident
    • Undergraduate preferred, though graduate student will be considered if no qualified undergraduate students are nominated
    • Continuing, full-time status (may not be graduating student)
  • Who may nominate: Faculty or Staff Member; Students may self-nominate
  • Type of scholarship: Merit-based
  • Awarded based on:
    • Meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher)
    • Intention to pursue a career in the field of mental illness
    • Letter of recommendation from faculty member supervising the research project

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student intending to pursue a career in a health-related field. The nominee for this scholarship should have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Cannot be awarded to a current senior.

  • Prior year award: $1,500
  • Eligibility: Rising sophomore or junior student (cannot be awarded to graduating senior)
  • Who may nominate: Faculty Member; Students may self-nominate
  • Type of scholarship: Merit-based
  • Awarded based on:
    • Meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher)
    • Intention to pursue a career in medicine or a health-related field
    • Letter of recommendation from faculty member

This award is given jointly to a faculty member and an undergraduate or graduate student that have engaged in a collaborative research or community service project outside the classroom that will promote awareness or enhance knowledge in health education, student health issues, public policy and/or human services needs of the wider University community.

  • Prior year award: $2,400 split equally between faculty member and student
  • Eligibility: Rising sophomore or junior student (cannot be awarded to graduating senior)
  • Who may nominate? A CHHS faculty member/student team
  • Type of scholarship: Merit-based
  • Awarded based on:
    • Meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher)
    • Merit of proposal to promote awareness or enhance knowledge in health education, student health issues, public policy and/or human services needs of the wider University community.

The Theo-Steelman Public Service Fellowship Fund was established to create opportunities for CHHS students to gain valuable experience in providing public services to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. This fellowship provides a stipend to an undergraduate student to complete a full-time 10-week summer service learning experience in the public service sector. it is awarded each year to a junior, who ordinarily would have to work during the summer, but would be supported by a summer stipend. The project should be a “win/win” service project at a cooperating site/agency/organization that could benefit from the skills and services of the student, and that likely would not have the resources to provide that service otherwise.

  • Amount: $4,000
  • Eligibility: Rising senior student (cannot be awarded to graduating senior)
  • Who may nominate? Students self-nominate and must have a letter of support from a CHHS faculty mentor (see below)
  • Type of scholarship: Merit-based
  • Awarded based on: 
    • Meritorious academic performance (3.2 GPA or higher)
    • Interest in a career in the public service sector
    • Merit of project, with preference being given to students that incorporate a research component into their fellowship project
  • Student must submit the following:
    • Personal statement that describes student’s interest in and commitment to public service and proposed project
    • Letter of support from CHHS faculty mentor that indicates the faculty member’s willingness to serve as academic mentor for the service learning experience
    • Letter of support from community site/agency/organization mentor
    • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s skills and abilities and dedication to public service

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.  Applicants  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.  Click here to complete the Noah Feldman Scholarship form.  All forms must be brought into the HDFS Office in Pettee Hall.

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. Applicants must be in their freshman, sophmore, or junior year of their undergraduate studies.
  2. Applicants 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.  Previous awardees may reapply for the scholarship.

Applications for the Alice Freeman Reed Scholarships are located on the Undergraduate Forms Page.

Nursing

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 $2000-$5000 to non-traditional students interested in pursuing careers in the health-care field. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of college study. Applications available in the department when posted each spring or contact Stephen H. Roberts, trustee; P.O. Box 2303; Dover, NH 03821-2303.

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

Applications for the Robert Jolley Scholarship are due February 16th, 2018.

Robert Jolley Scholarship Application

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 a year:  Fall semester to be used in the spring and spring semester to be used in the summer.  See international social work opportunities to learn more about department offerings.  Fall semester spring application is due October 23.

Application for Spring 2019
Application for Summer 2019

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 May 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.

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: Deb Smith, 116 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or email deb.smith@unh.edu by April 3rd.   Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4:30PM.

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:  UNH Occupational Therapy Department, Attn: Deb Smith, Hewitt Hall Rm 116, 4 Library  Way, Durham, NH 03824 or email deb.smith@unh.edu by April 3rd, 2018, 4:30 PM.  Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4:30PM.

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 $500.00 to $2000.00.

Applications for the Mitchell Scholarships are submitted no later than April 3rd. 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).

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: Deb Smith, 116 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824.  Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM and 1PM-4:30PM.  You may also choose to send an email to deb.smith@unh.edu.

The deadline is April 3, 2018.