Eligibility and Criteria


In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Boston for at least two years as of January 1 of the year of the application.

  • Have graduated from high school or have completed the G.E.D. by the time the awards are made.

  • Plan to pursue any full time two or four year accredited post-secondary institution within Massachusetts.

Graduate students are not eligible for the City of Boston Scholarship Fund. Only residents applying to or currently enrolled in their first undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply.

People who are not recent graduates of high school may apply as long as they meet all of the eligibility guidelines.


The following is a broad overview of the required criteria in order to apply for the City of Boston Scholarship. Note that criteria differ by type of applicant (either Incoming Freshman, Current College Student, or Renewal):

  • Application
    Applicants must fill out and submit the proper application by the application deadline. Applications differ by three types of applicant: Incoming Freshman, Current College Student, and Renewal.

  • Essay
    Answering the question on page 5 of the proper application, applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay.

  • Recommendation
    If you are applying as an incoming college freshman or are in college and are not currently a recipient of the City of Boston Scholarship, you must include a recommendation with your application. The recommendation can be from an adult who knows you well in the community, at school or through an extracurricular activity. You do not need to submit more than one recommendation.
    If you are submitting a renewal application, you do not need to submit a recommendation.

  • Secondary School Record
    An official secondary school report is required.

  • SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or G.E.D. Score Report
    In addition to your school record, as an applicant you must also provide either your SAT, ACT, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or GED (General Education Development) score report.

  • Financial Aid Forms
    As an applicant you must provide your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or Student Aid Report (SAR) for verification of financial aid. If you are applying for a renewal, you will also be required to submit your most current Financial Aid package from the college which you attend. 

  • Interview
    If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be interviewed by a member of the Scholarship Committee.

**Note: The following information and forms will be necessary in order to apply; however, not all forms are necessary for the initial application.

The order in which forms must be submitted is listed in the Application Process. 
Application Process »


Financial Aid Forms and Instructions