Scholarship Awards


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 and are made on a non- discriminatory basis to individuals demonstrating excellence in scholastic, extracurricular, and/or 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.

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.

Recipients of the award are notified approximately four weeks after the application deadline. The scholarships are awarded to the students during a Rotary meeting in May or June.

General Application Guidelines:

(i)Please answer all questions; incomplete applications will not be considered.
(ii)Resumés should not be submitted and will not be reviewed by the committee.
(iii)Please use only the space provided when answering essay questions.
(iv)Two (2) letters of reference are required and must be submitted attached to the application.
(v)An official high school transcript must be included with your application. PHS students- your transcript will be provided on your behalf.
(vi)Applications online for this year were due by April 1, 2024 OR mailed to following address and POSTMARKED no later than April 1, 2024


Portsmouth Rotary Scholarship
P.O. Box 905
Portsmouth, NH 03802-0905