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First Literacy annually awards $1,500 scholarships to recent graduates of Massachusetts adult basic education or English language programs who are continuing to vocational training or higher education.

First Literacy Scholarships are awarded in recognition of educational achievements and potential, community service, and perseverance in the face of hardship. Both new and continuing scholarships are awarded.

First Literacy scholarships have helped over 500 adult learners with mentoring and monetary support. Every year we honor their efforts and achievements at our annual Scholarship Ceremony.

Application and Eligibility Requirements

Information Session

Do you have a student in mind? Each Spring, after announcing the current year’s scholarship availability, we provide an information session to describe our scholarship opportunities and eligibility guidelines, and answer your questions. Scholarship decisions are made every June. Join our mailing list to receive scholarship announcements and info session registration links.

In the meantime, for more information about First Literacy new and continuing scholarships, please contact Bryan McCormick, Program Director, at or call 617-482-3336 x113.