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 freshmen 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)
  • Have at least a 1080 on the new SAT or 1000 on the old SAT, a 21 ACT score, or 237/92 TOEFL scores
  • Have demonstrated creativity, engagement, global perspective, leadership, resiliency, or other qualities indicative of the ability to contribute to Simmons' diverse community

The Application Process

The application consists of two parts: a nomination letter and an on-campus interview. Students apply for the scholarship by emailing their nomination letter with the subject line "Boston Scholarship Application." Applications must be received by Simmons no later than February 1st, but either the student or the nominator may email the nomination letter. On each page of the nomination letter, students should include their full name and date of birth.

If applicable, 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. 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: On-Campus Interview

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


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