Scholarships for College

Greater Worcester Community Foundation offers many college scholarships, ranging in size from $300 to $5,000. Students apply online from January through early March. Recipients are selected in April and May. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year beginning in September.


  • Our scholarship cycle will open on January 4, 2021. Beginning on January 4, our online application will be available through a link on this page. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021.  Please read the “About Scholarships” page to see if you are eligible.
  • All scholarship awards for 2020-2021 academic year have been mailed directly to colleges and universities. If you are a recipient with questions about the status of your award, we advise you to contact your Student Accounts or Bursar's Office for update. With any other questions about your award, we are happy to help!
  • Learn more about our 2020 scholarship impact with the GWCF Scholarship Yearbook here!


  • To receive most of our scholarships, you MUST live in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • If you do NOT live in central Massachusetts, please click here.
  • All of our scholarships are awarded for full-time enrollment in an undergraduate 2- or 4-year degree program at an accredited college or university. If you already have a Bachelor's degree, you are not eligible for our scholarships. 
  • Beyond the basic eligibility criteria above, each of our scholarship funds have additional unique criteria established by our donors. Using information from the scholarship application, Foundation staff match all applicants with the scholarships for which they are eligible.

With few exceptions, our scholarships are available ONLY to graduating high school seniors in Worcester County. 

The current exceptions are:

  • Worcester County students transferring from a 2-year college to a 4-year college or university (see details below!)
  • Children of members of the Worcester Rugby Football Club
  • Relatives of members of the Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club
  • Members of Congregation B'nai Shalom (Westborough, MA)
  • Members of St. Mary's Assumption Orthodox Albanian Church (Worcester, MA)
  • Members of Emmanuel Baptist Church (Worcester, MA)
  • Relatives of employees of:  Christie & Thomson, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, Feingold Companies, Milford Water Company, Quinsigamond Automotive Warehouse, R. H. White Companies, Rotman's Furniture Company, Whitinsville Water Company
  • Recent high school graduates from Worcester County who have had cancer, or have had a parent with cancer, and are enrolled in a 4-year college
  • Adults pursuing their first bachelor's degree after a gap between high school (or GED) and college

The Herbert D. Sherwin Memorial Scholarship Fund for transfer students

Jay Sherwin and his family started this scholarship fund to honor the memory of his father, a Worcester native who deeply valued education. 

This scholarship will be awarded to students who have completed two years at a community college and are transferring to a 4-year program at a Massachusetts public school. This scholarship will fund the full amount of unmet financial need for the recipient. 

Read the story behind the scholarship here


Search Our Scholarship Directory

See what scholarships are available.

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How it Works

  • The scholarship application is completed via an online form. A link is provided on the website beginning in January. A student only needs to complete one application in order to be considered for any of the Foundation's scholarships. Each applicant is required to upload a current transcript and letter of recommendation.
  • Every complete application received by the deadline is given full consideration. Based on the materials submitted, a selection committee evaluates the student’s performance, financial need, and other criteria specified by individual scholarships. By submitting one application, a student is considered for all of the scholarships for which s/he is eligible. Applicants do not need to match themselves to potential scholarships.
  • If an interview with a selection committee is required by a fund, finalists are notified in April of their interview time and location.
  • All students are notified of their application results by June 1st. Awards are paid in one installment, in July, for the academic year beginning in September. All checks are made payable and sent directly to the student's college.
  • Information about our scholarship program is summarized in our Fact Sheet [PDF].

Success Rate

Roughly 20% of our applicants receive scholarship awards. 97% of our successful applicants are high school seniors who will attend an accredited college or university in the upcoming academic year.


Contact Liz Nye,
Scholarship Program Officer
508-755-0980, ext. 102
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