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.


2018 – 2019 Scholarships

Recipients of 2018 – 2019 Scholarships will be announced and celebrated at our annual Scholarship Ceremony on Tuesday, July 24th.


Meet Our 2017 Scholars

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 2017 Scholarship Ceremony, please click here.

First Literacy scholarships have helped over 450 adult learners with mentoring and monetary support as they continue on to higher education, taking the next step in improving their lives.


First Literacy Special Scholarships

The Mayor Thomas Menino Scholarship was created in 2014 to honor Mayor Menino’s commitment to adult literacy education and the potential of all students. Recipients are
2014 — Angelina Gigante

2015 — Jason Grant

2016 — Moses Kabwe

2017 — Marie Regine Paul

The William Berman Scholarship recognizes Mr. Berman’s years of dedicated service to First Literacy and his love of learning throughout his life. Recipients are
2016 – Malquisua Sousa
2017 – Diandra Dawson