Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program

Program Summary

*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1972 by the Massachusetts State Legislature to recruit students in the 10th and 11th grades whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attain educational goals. The students that are selected for this program must have overcome major adversity in their lives (i.e. physical or mental abuse, catastrophic illness, etc.). Obstacles may be mental, physical, geographic or societal.

Massachusetts students who demonstrate academic promise and desire to attend post-secondary institutions may receive up to 50%  of their calculated need at the college of their choice within the continental United States.

Who Is Eligible?

To be an eligible applicant for a Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship, a student must:

A Herter Scholar Recipient must also meet the following requirements:

1 See www.mass.edu/tuitionequity for more details.

2 Pursuant to Section 9 of Chapter 15A, as amended by Section 11 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2023.

Award Amounts

Scholarship awards vary and are based on educational cost, including tuition, room, board, required fees, books and transportation.

How to Apply

Eligible students who are in the 10th or 11th grades of high school must be nominated by a school or qualified community agency or organization.

2024 Application - Now Available!

The application is accessed via the online Herter Scholarship portal. Nominators must request access to the portal via the “Nominate a Student” button below. Students must be nominated in order to access the portal and online application. Once a student has been nominated, they will receive an email with instructions to create their Herter account.

*Nominated students must complete the application and submit required documentation
by April 24, 2024.

The last day to nominate a student is Friday, April 12, 2024.




Review the following document for additional information on the program and application requirements.

PDF 2024 Herter Scholarship Application/Portal FAQ

For more information, contact Stephannie Barboza, sbarboza@dhe.mass.edu or Robert Brun, rbrun@dhe.mass.edu.

PDF Herter Scholarship Guidelines and Procedures