Criteria to Apply for the Scholarship

The Basics

A scholarship for permanent residents of New England states, with financial need, who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic and leadership qualities.


Applicants must be:

  • An entering or returning student at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States and must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours).
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BFA, BSN for example) for the first time. Students in one-year or two-year certificate or associate’s degree programs do not qualify. Students in five-plus year programs ending in a master’s degree or beyond may apply for the first four (undergraduate) years of their programs.
  • A United States citizen or noncitizen who has a current lawful presence in the United States and employment authorization.
  • A permanent resident of a New England state: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.

Academic Achievement

Applicants should:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be enrolled in a demanding course of study
  • Demonstrate skilled writing

Financial Need

Qualifying applicants will demonstrate one of the following:

  • An EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the FAFSA Student Aid Report that is $10,000 or less
  • A low to moderate parent Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
  • Extenuating financial circumstances

In addition, all applicants will have financial need at the college of their choice as determined by our Financial Eligibility Calculator.

It may help to know that, in 2021, 83% of newly awarded recipients had EFCs below $6,000, and 93% had parent AGIs below $80,000.

Citizenship, Character and Serious-Mindedness

Strong applicants would:

  • Demonstrate a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society both present and future
  • Be involved in a balance of community, school and work activities
  • Pursue goals and aspirations with integrity, resolution, self-discipline and judgment
  • Work part time
  • Demonstrate leadership characteristics and/or assumed leadership positions
  • Exhibit grit when faced with hardship

Does this sound like you?


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The Foundation, in making grants, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national or ethnic origin. Directors, employees and volunteers (current or former) of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, or any member of the family of any such directors, employees and volunteers are ineligible to receive grants from the Foundation.