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

Applications open in April and are typically due in June. Applications for 2021-2022 are closed. For more information please view the sample applications and requirements below.

2021-2022 Scholarship Eligibility Requirements & Deadlines (.pdf)
2021-2022 New Scholarship Application (.pdf)
2021-2022 Continuing Scholarship Application (.pdf)

Information sessions are offered each spring where more details are provided on scholarship opportunities. Be sure to join our mailing list to be notified when the information session dates are announced. For more information about First Literacy new and continuing scholarships contact Bryan McCormick, Program Director, at or 617-482-3336 x113.