Each year the Rotary Club of Portsmouth seeks scholarship applications from high school seniors scheduled to graduate this spring and will be beginning study at a post-secondary institution (either a 2 or 4 year program) in the fall. Applicants must also reside in the City of Portsmouth or in the adjoining Towns of Rye, Greenland, New Castle, or Newington. Children and Grandchildren of Portsmouth Rotary members are not eligible for this scholarship.
The scholarships are one-time non-recurring awards in the range of $2,000 to $2,500 and are made on a non-discriminatory basis to individuals demonstrating excellence in scholastic, extracurricular, and community service activities. A family’s financial need may also be taken into consideration by the reviewing committee. Individuals with special learning circumstances, who have worked to overcome these circumstances, are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
Recipients are notified approximately six weeks after the application deadline. The scholarships are awarded to the students during a Rotary meeting in May or June.
Applicants are encouraged to work with their high school guidance counselor and/or college advisor when submitting the application. Once all applications have been received, the Portsmouth Rotary Scholarship Committee will select a pool of finalists to be interviewed individually in April.
Scholarship applications can be completed electronically and then printed for submission (please note that the scholarship application cannot be submitted electronically, you must mail it before April 1 to Portsmouth Rotary, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03801).