First Year Merit Scholarships

First-Year Students

All first-year student applicants to UNH are considered for merit scholarships at the time of application review. There is no additional application and/or essay required. Students must meet all listed criteria to be awarded the merit scholarship (there is no sliding scale).  Scholarship decisions take place through a comprehensive, holistic review process.  The University establishes admission guidelines based on the rigor of a student’s program of study, performance relative to one’s peers (as measured by class rank), the trend of achievement, essay, recommendation(s), and extra-curricular activities.

We are currently reviewing scholarship criteria and dollar amounts for students entering UNH in Fall 2020 and Spring 2020. Merit scholarship criteria are reviewed and updated for each enrollment cycle and the criteria, GPA requirements, and dollar values are subject to change.

Additional scholarships are available for current UNH students, students in specific college divisions, individual programs,  and applicants to the non-residential Manchester Campus.

Award amounts listed below are per year, for four years. Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 consecutive semesters of academic coursework at UNH provided that the recipient makes appropriate progress towards their degree, meets the GPA requirements (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrates acceptable standards of citizenship and character expected of all members of the university community.

 


Presidential Scholarship

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.


Dean’s Scholarship

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.


Director’s Scholarship

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.


Hamel Scholarship

NH Residents: $2,000-$10,000

The Hamel Scholars Program seeks to help exceptional in-state students develop their full potential and graduate from UNH poised to become active, engaged leaders in communities throughout the state. The scholarships are funded through a gift from Dana Hamel, a resident of New Hampshire and a long-time supporter of UNH.

The scholarship provides substantial financial support in the form of a yearly scholarship plus special opportunities for academic and co-curricular engagement. The Admissions Office will determine the amount of each award, which is a supplement to any merit or need-based financial aid awards.

Selection is very competitive, is not automatic, and limited to in-state applicants who apply by the early action deadline. A limited number are awarded each year to the highest caliber in-state students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement coupled with notable leadership skills in their school and/or communities. Renewable for all four years of a recipient’s UNH undergraduate career, provided he or she meets the renewal criteria.

Candidates will have academic credentials in line with those of students who are invited to the University Honors Program and demonstrate meaningful involvement in school or broader community and a strong interest in and capacity for sustained community engagement. 

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.

We suggest applying by the November 15, early action deadline for preferred consideration

Learn about current Hamel Scholars


College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Industry Scholarship (additional application required)

The University of New Hampshire has partnered with Whelen Engineering Companies, Inc. and Tyco International to create two undergraduate scholarships to recognize excellence in first-year students entering the University’s College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS).

Each scholarship covers a significant portion of a student’s tuition, fees, and room & board for four years of undergraduate education at UNH.

 

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.

For the Whelen Scholarship only- students must have demonstrated financial need and file a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by  March 1

Submit a supplemental essay by January 25, 2019

We suggest applying by the November 15, early action deadline for preferred consideration


Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Peter T. Paul Scholarship (Business, Economics, Hospitality Management)

$5,000

High performing instate and out-of-state students who apply to a major in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (business adminstration, economics, or hospitality management) are automatically considered and notified at the time of admission. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded in addition to other UNH merit aid. They are renewed annually for up to four years provided student maintains academic standards detailed in the offer letter.

Criteria regarding eligibility for this scholarship is currently under review. Details will be available soon.

 

UNH alumnus Peter T. Paul funded these scholarships to support and recognize the most academically promising students majoring in business administration, economics or hospitality management at UNH. Additional benefits for this select group of scholars include, but are not limited to:

  • Early arrival and special three-day orientation program
  • Expanded leadership development, academic and career readiness support from academic advisors and Paul College Career Counselors
  • Priority access to hands-on collaborative research opportunities with faculty mentors
  • The option to join a designated living/learning community in a residence hall near the Paul College building.

Apply to UNH by Feb. 1 to be considered.

Additional Scholarship Information

Athletic Grants In-Aid

Financial assistance is available to male and female student athletes. The Director of Athletics, in consultation with the appropriate coaches, recommends the recipients and amount of awards. Interested students should contact the Athletic Department directly.

It is the policy of the University of New Hampshire that men and women will have equal access to funds for athletic scholarships. Criteria and procedures for awarding such scholarships are decided by the Department of Athletics.

International Student Scholarships

International students are eligible to receive all scholarships listed for out-of-state students. In addition to these, a limited number of scholarships are available. No additional application is required as students are considered based on materials submitted during the admissions process.

Other Scholarship

Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship