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 or higher education.

Since the Scholarship Program began in 1990, we have awarded over 500 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 recommendations 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

This year all applications will be submitted online via the application links below. Scholarship descriptions, requirements and timelines are described in the general information document. When you click on an application link you will be asked to create a login, so you will be able to save drafts of your application to return to later if necessary, before completing and submitting. All applications are due on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

Download 2022-2023 Scholarship General Information: Eligibility Requirements and Deadlines (.pdf)
Download 2022-2023 Scholarship Application For New Scholars
Download 2022-2023 Scholarship Application For Continuing Scholars

We are offering an information session via Zoom on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Please register using the button below.

For more information about First Literacy new and continuing scholarships contact Bryan McCormick, Program Director, at or 617-482-3336 x113.