City of Cambridge 2021 Scholarship Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2021 City of Cambridge Scholarship are currently being accepted. The annual Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors and Cambridge residents who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

In 2020, the City of Cambridge awarded 79 scholarships of $3,000 each for a total of $237,000. Since the program’s inception in 1993, the city has awarded 1,108 scholarships totaling $2.6 million. With the increasing cost of higher education as well as continued economic uncertainty, these scholarships help ease the financial burden for many Cambridge individuals and families.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Must be a resident of Cambridge; (All ages may apply);
• Must be attending, received admittance to, or have an application pending at an accredited education institution beyond high school level prior to award date of May 2021;
• Scholarship is paid directly to education institution and must be used during 2021-2022 academic year;
• Prior recipients are NOT eligible as the City Scholarship Award is one-time only.

The City of Cambridge Scholarship fund is administered by the Finance Department. A Scholarship Committee comprised of six Cambridge residents appointed by the City Manager, reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. Applications are evaluated and ranked based on academic achievement, financial need, community, and extracurricular activities, and special circumstances.

Interested residents can download the application directly or view the Scholarship Webpage, CambridgeMA.gov/cityscholarship. While city and school buildings are closed to the public, questions and requests for applications via mail can be directed to the Finance Department at 617-349-4220 or Scholarships@cambridgema.gov. The deadline for 2021 scholarship applications, and all supporting documentation is March 8, 2021.

The Scholarship Program is possible thanks to the generosity of Cambridge residents and businesses. Contributions can be made online or via mail to: City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund, City of Cambridge, P.O. Box 2005, Cambridge, MA 02139.


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