Abigail Adams Scholarship (Attending School in Massachusetts Only)

The Abigail Adams Scholarship is one of the rare full-ride scholarships. The award is offered exclusively to students who plan to attend a state university or college in Massachusetts. This coveted award is one will will cover the entire cost of tuition for up to eight semesters. Thus, it is possible for a student to complete their entire undergraduate education without paying one cent of tuition! Are you interested in learning more? If so, read on to learn more about the eligibility criteria and the application process.


There are a number of criteria that students must meet in order to be eligible for this scholarship. The exact criteria have changed slightly for the class of 2016. First, students must have scores from three different tests that indicate they rank within the top quarter of the graduating class in their district. Secondly, students must score within the “Advanced” level on one of the following three high school exams: STE, ELA, or Mathematics. Lastly, students must score in at least the “Proficient” range on the other two high school assessment tests. The students scores are obtained from their first trial of taking the exam.

FAFSA application

There are a number of additional criteria that the student must meet in order to be considered for this scholarship. First, the student must reside in MA and have lived in MA for at lease one year before entering their first year in college. Students must plan to enroll on a full-time basis. Students must also have graduated from a public high school in MA and be a citizen of the United States. Furthermore, only students who have been accepted to a public university or college within the state of MA will be eligible to receive the award. Students will be required to complete the FAFSA application as well as remit an Adams Scholarship award letter to the financial aid office at their school.

Students may receive the award up to eight semesters. However, the scholarship must be used within six years from the time the student graduates high school. In order to maintain eligibility for the award, students have to complete a new FAFSA application each year. In addition, students must remain enrolled on a full-time basis at a college or university in MA. Lastly, students must receive at least a 3.0 grade point average on all coursework attempted.

Students can find additional information about this scholarship at the following website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/adams.html. It is indeed important to note that the scholarship only covers the cost of the student’s actual tuition. As such, students will be required to cover the cost of room and board, textbooks, mandatory student fees, and other educational expenses. This is important to keep in mind, as the cost of mandatory student fees can easily add up to be thousands of dollars. Students who would like additional information about the scholarship can either e-mail mcas@doe.mass.edu or call 781-338-3625.