Boston Scholarship

The Simmons University Boston Scholarship is a competitive merit award that recognizes students from Boston public high schools and charter schools who have attained academic excellence.

We are deeply committed to Boston

As an institution deeply committed to the city of Boston, Simmons University strives to provide opportunities for local high school students to achieve success at the college level and beyond.

The Boston Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Once at Simmons, recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and live on campus during their first year and sophomore years.

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for the scholarship:

  • Currently attend a Boston public high school or Boston charter school
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (re-calculated)
  • Students applying for the Fall 2021 will not be required to submit standardized test scores. For those choosing to submit test scores, a 21 or higher is recommended on the ACT and a 1080 or higher is recommended on the SAT.
  • Have demonstrated creativity, engagement, global perspective, leadership, resiliency, or other qualities indicative of the ability to contribute to Simmons' diverse community

The Application Process

Deadline: January 10th, 2021

The application process consists of three parts: a nomination letter, an essay, and an on-campus interview. To apply for the scholarship please email all required materials with the subject line "Boston Scholarship Application."

Students should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. The federal school code for Simmons is 002208.

Part 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. On each page of the nomination letter, students should include their full name and date of birth. Nominators must include their full name, title, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address within the letter.

The letter should include the following:

  • Reason why the nominator feels the student should receive this scholarship
  • Highlight and assess the student’s work in the community
  • An assessment of the student’s promise at Simmons University
  • Any additional information that the nominator would like the committee to know in considering the student

Part II: Essay

The application consists of an essay in response to the prompt below. Students should submit their essays in PDF or Word Doc via email with the subject line "Boston Scholarship Application," by January 10th. Each page of the document should include the student's full name and date of birth.

Please note: it is the student's responsibility to submit a working file in the proper format (PDF or Word) as we will not convert or accept incompatible files (i.e. Google Docs, Pages, etc.)

Essay prompt

  • Essay (of no more than 500 words): It has often been said, "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Do you agree? Why or why not? Write an essay in which you defend one view or the other. Use specific reasons and examples to support and explain your answer.

Part III: On-Campus Interview

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

Questions?

For questions regarding the scholarship, please contact us via email or at 617-521-2051.