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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's                         Office of Student Financial Assistance
John and Abigail Adams
Scholarship Program
The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship awards non-need-based state-supported undergraduate tuition waivers to students who are awarded John and Abigail Adams Scholarship by the Department of Education. The purposes of the Adams Scholarship are to:
  • Reward and inspire student achievement;
  • Help attract more high-performing students to Massachusetts public higher education; and
  • Provide families of college-bound students with financial assistance.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, a student must demonstrate the following:
  • Score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or the English language arts section of the grade 10 MCAS test and score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the second subject (Mathematics or English language arts).
  • Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
  • Must be a permanent Massachusetts resident.
  • Must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Enrolled full-time in a Massachusetts public college or university, and has not earned a prior bachelors degree.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be in compliance with applicable law regarding Selective Service Registration.
  • Must not be in default with applicable law regarding any Federal or State student education loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
Eligible Institutions
An institution within the system of public institutions of higher education as identified in Section 5 of Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Award Amounts
Recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition waiver for state-supported undergraduate courses. Individual student awards shall be no more than the resident undergraduate tuition rate at the participating institution. Students are also required to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 for continued eligibility.
How Do I Apply?
There is no application process for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Students that are eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship will be notified in the Fall of their senior year in high school.

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