First Literacy Scholarships


Harnessing the power of education.

Each year, First Literacy awards $1,500 scholarships to recent graduates of Massachusetts Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English language programs who are continuing on to vocational training (including certificate programs) or higher education.

Since the Scholarship Program began in 1990, we have awarded over 600 scholarships to adult learners throughout Massachusetts. Awards are given in recognition of educational achievements and potential, community service, and perseverance in the face of hardship. Eligibility is based on a nomination from the student’s Adult Basic Education program, acceptance to a college or training program, and proof of financial need. Both new and continuing scholarships are awarded, and scholars are recognized for their efforts and achievement at our annual Scholarship Ceremony.

How To Apply

Applications are now closed for 2024-2025. To view general information and requirements for First Literacy scholarships click on the pdf below. 

2024-2025 Scholarship General Information: Eligibility Requirements (pdf for reference only)

Have questions?

Do you know an adult learner who is looking to further their education? A First Literacy Scholarship can help pave the way to success for a student you know. For more information about First Literacy new and continuing scholarships contact Bryan McCormick, Program Director, at or 617-482-3336 x113. Join our mailing list to receive the latest updates.

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