First Literacy annually awards $1,000 scholarships to adults who have completed adult basic education or English language programs and are continuing on to vocational training or higher education. The scholars receive their First Literacy scholarships in recognition of their:

  • Educational achievements and potential,
  • Community service, and
  • Perseverance in the face of hardships.

All recipients must be recent graduates of adult literacy programs located in Massachusetts.

Click here to access the 2017 First Literacy Scholarship Application.

Our Scholars have overcome many obstacles to continue their education; they are determined and willing to work hard. Yet, the way for these students is not always easy. Most are heads of households with financial and care-giving responsibilities. What unites all First Literacy Scholars is their resolve to improve their lives through education. While many of these adults are the first in their families to attend college, we know they will not be the last. We honor their efforts and achievements at our annual Scholarship Ceremony hosted by Boston’s Mayor. To watch the 2016 Scholarship Ceremony, please visit the City of Boston’s website.

First Literacy scholarships have helped over 420 adult learners with mentoring and monetary support as they continue on to higher education, taking the next step in improving their lives.