City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund

2017 City Scholarship Winners

The City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to Cambridge residents who wish to pursue post secondary education. Through the Scholarship Fund Program, the City has awarded thousands of dollars to college-bound high school seniors and others who want to pursue higher education. These scholarships are possible thanks to the generosity of Cambridge residents, business owners and taxpayers who support the annual fund.

In 2018, the City awarded 78 scholarships of $3,000 each for a total $234,000. This is the highest amount ever awarded in a single year. Since the program’s inception in 1993, the City has awarded 952 scholarships totaling $2.2 million

The City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund is administered by the Finance Department. The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of six Cambridge residents appointed by the City Manager, reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients.

Make a Contribution

Checks made payable to the City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund may be mailed to: Cambridge Scholarship Fund, City of Cambridge, P.O. Box 2005, Cambridge, MA 02139 or can be dropped off in person at the Finance Department Cashier’s window during regular business hours. Contributions can also be made online.

Apply for a Scholarship

Interested residents may download the application, complete it and obtain appropriate signatures before submitting it for consideration. The deadline for the FY19 scholarship application, and all supporting documentation, is March 4, 2019. Applications may be obtained at Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Public Library branches and at Cambridge City Hall or you can print out the application form.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Cambridge. (All ages may apply);
  • Must be attending, have received admittance to, or have an application pending at an accredited education institution beyond the high school level prior to the award date (May 2019);
  • Scholarship is paid directly to the education institution, and must be used during the 2019-2020 academic year;
  • Prior recipients are NOT eligible; the City Scholarship Award is one-time only.

Application Submission Documents

  • Completed application form;
  • Transcript of grades from high school, college or other post secondary institution;
  • Student evaluation completed by high school or college counselor/advisor, a member of the clergy, a teacher/professor, or a professional associate as part of the application;
  • Completed financial aid questionnaire as part of the application.

Selection Process and Criteria

The Scholarship Committee, comprised of six Cambridge residents who are appointed by the City Manager, reviews and ranks each application. Committee members do not see the name of the applicant to ensure a completely fair review process. Each application is evaluated and ranked based on academic achievement, community involvement or extracurricular activities, financial need and special circumstances.

If you have any questions or need assistance either making a contribution or submitting an application, please contact the City's Finance Department at 617-349-4220 or

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