Scholarship Information


Check here often for new opportunities! This list is organized by due date and includes any scholarship opportunities that are shared with New Bedford High School staff. This list is not exhaustive, and seniors are encouraged to do their own research for available scholarships. Students who need help searching for scholarships are encouraged to see their school counselor. At this time, posted awards are for the graduating class of 2023. After the start of the 2023-24 school year, postings for the Class of 2024 will begin. If you wish to share a scholarship opportunity, please email [email protected].

To access multiple scholarships available to Massachusetts students visit
Additional scholarships for students planning to attend a career or technical school can be found at



The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Recipients will receive funding for the full cost of attendance not already covered by financial aid and the expected family contribution. Recipients will receive funding for the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation) that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution. An eligible applicants is a high school senior, from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American/Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, Pell-eligible, a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 40 scale (or the equivalent), AND  must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. An ideal candidate will have an outstanding academic record (top 10% of the class), demonstrated leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills. Completed applications are due by September 15, 2023. Visit for more information and to apply.

FASTWEB's $1000 Your Future is Now Sweepstakes
What's your scholarship application goal? Let us know for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! New semester, fresh start! Your future is now and your finish line—whether that's high school graduation, trade school completion, getting your college or advanced degree—is getting closer each day. The scholarship application effort you put in right now impacts your future. To enter you must be a Fastweb member. Answer a multiple-choice question—there's no wrong answer—and submit your entries daily through September 20, 2023. Visit for more information and to enter.

National College Match

The National College Match Scholarship is available to low - income high school seniors who have excelled academically. This award provides the full cost of tuition and room and board at some of the nation's most selective colleges. Applications are due by September 26, 2023. Visit

Big Future Scholarship

This program is open to seniors in high school. By completing a college planning step using your College Board account, you will automatically earn a chance to win a $500 scholarship and an additional chance to win a $40,000 scholarship. It’s easy to enter scholarship drawings each month. Simply complete one of the steps before the deadline, and you’ll be automatically entered to win $40,000. Visit for more information and to apply. Drawings take place every morning. To be considered for the next drawing, you must enter by September 30, 2023.


Golden Door Scholarship

Applications are now open for this tuition, room and board scholarship for undocumented students. In addition to financial support, this program provides career readiness programming and mentoring. There are 20 selective colleges that are Golden Door partners. For more information, visit Applications are due by October 1, 2023.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

This program awards 150, 420,000 scholarships to current high school students who will graduate during the 2023-2024 year and who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by the U.S. Department of Education. an achievement-based scholarship awarded to students in their final year of high school. Recipients are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applications can be found by visiting The application deadline is October 2, 2023.

Top of the Mountain Memorial Scholarship

Two, $5000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors or undergraduate students who are dedicated to making a difference. Ideal applicants have worked, interned, or volunteered in environmental causes. Preference will be given to STEM majors. An essay is required. Visit for more information. Applications are due by October 22, 2023.


Sustainability Essay Contest College Scholarship
Write an essay about sustainability for a chance at a $1000 college scholarship. Three $1000 scholarships will be awarded to high school students. Participating students will learn about sustainability in the construction industry, develop research skills to understand a problem and why it’s important, think creatively about a solution and argue a case for it, and consider the roadblocks to getting solutions in place. For details about the essay and the application, please visit Submissions must be received by November 3, 2023.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student

Ranging from $1,000 per year to $7,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. Current high school seniors who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2024 competition. Male and female students compete separately. Visit for more information and the application. The deadline to apply is November 13, 2023.


Burger King Scholars Program

Created in memory of Burger King Co-Founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 to high school students and BK employees and their families. The application process takes into consideration grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Eligible applicants must be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada, be graduating high school seniors (U.S., Puerto Rico or Guam), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from homeschool education in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada, have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, and plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school or CEGEP or equivalent in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada. Applications can be found at and must be submitted by December 15, 2023.