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The Simmons College Boston Scholarship is a competitive merit award that recognizes students from Boston Public High Schools who have attained academic excellence. As an institution deeply committed to the city of Boston, Simmons College strives to provide opportunities for local high school students to achieve success at the college level and beyond

Benefits of the Scholarship

Simmons College Boston Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Students awarded this scholarship are automatically admitted into our Advanced Achievement in Community Engagement leadership program (A2CE) run by the Scott Ross Center for Community Services and Service Learning. A2CE provides students with a deepened learning experience by facilitating a guaranteed four-year internship with a local non-profit in Boston. Once enrolled at Simmons, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to keep the Boston Scholarship and must live on campus their freshmen and sophomore years.

Criteria for Application

Students must:

  • Attend a Boston public high school or Boston charter school
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (re-calculated)
  • Have at least a 1500 SAT (three-section total), a 21 ACT, or 237/92 TOEFL score
  • Have demonstrated creativity, engagement, global perspective, leadership, resiliency or other qualities indicative of the ability to contribute to Simmons's diverse community.

The Application Deadline

Applicants must submit and complete their admission application to the College by February 1 and scholarship application by February 15. All scholarship applicants will be notified with a decision by April 15th.

The Application Process

The application consists of two parts: a nomination letter and an on-campus interview. Please apply for the scholarship by emailing a nomination letter to with the subject line "Boston Scholarship Application." Either the student or the nominator may email the nomination letter. On each page of the nomination letter, please include the student's full name and date of birth. *Students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 in order to be considered.

I. Nomination Letter

A student's nomination letter should come from a guidance counselor, college counselor, community advocate, headmaster, or teacher. Students may also choose to nominate themselves. The letter should include the reason why the nominator feels the student should receive the scholarship and the impact such an award would have. Nominators must include their full name, title, email address, phone number, and mailing address within the letter.

II. On-Campus Interview

Qualified scholarship applicants will be invited via email to participate in an on campus Boston Scholarship Interview. Scholarship interviews are typically held during the February winter break. Qualified scholarship applicants will receive a confirmation of their interview date and time via email.


Contact Renee Gadsden, Senior Assistant Director, with any questions at 617-521-2051 or