The Award

  • The intent of this award is to enable students to attend college without accumulating burdensome debt.
  • In most cases, the Phillips Scholarship award ranges from $3,000 to $18,000 yearly.
  • The award is renewable for up to four undergraduate years provided a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is maintained and financial need does not change substantially.
  • All grants will be paid directly to the institution.
  • High school seniors entering college and returning college students attending accredited U.S. colleges or universities are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Awards may only be used for undergraduate study and are limited to those seeking a first bachelor’s degree.
  • Awards will only be granted to applicants who are permanent residents of New England: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont; however, recipients may attend college anywhere in the United States.
  • While preference is given to applicants from Salem, MA, and a small number of cities and towns north of Boston, all qualified applicants from New England are considered for an award.

The Award in Brief

Awards from the Phillips Scholarship range from $3,000 to as high as $18,000 in a few cases. In general, the average award each year is closer to $6,500. In 2017, most new awards were between $3,000 and $10,000.

Award amounts may change from year to year as recipients’ financial situations change. If recipients transfer to a different college, awards will be recalculated to consider the different costs and award packages of the new colleges.