The Paul Tsongas Scholarship Program is an effort established by the State of Massachusetts to recognize the achievements of students who have graduated from high school who have acquired outstanding academic achievement. Through this scholarship, substantial amount of grant money is provided to selected students in order to help pay off their college needs.

This scholarship is based on merit and academic achievement. While financial need is not a major consideration, applicants may provide additional records of financial necessity in order to be prioritized.


Students who wish to apply for the Paul Tsongas Scholarship Program should be graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to any Massachusetts State College or University. They should also possess the following requirements:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.75 upon graduation
  • SAT score of at least 1200 or ACT equivalent
  • Fully enrolled in a state college in Massachusetts.
  • Fulfillment of the eligibility criteria established by the State College and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • Permanent residency in the state of Massachusetts
  • US citizenship
  • Compliance with Selective Service Registration Laws
  • No past criminal record

How to Apply

To apply for the Paul Tsongas Scholarship Program, interested parties may inquire at the state college in which they are accepted to, as each institution has its own set of specific requirements which they have to provide in order to be qualified for the grant.

Each state college may award the scholarship to five recipients each academic year, and these can be renewed each year until the time the recipient receives a baccalaureate degree.

Scholarship Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of requirements for the Paul Tsongas Scholarship Program is on April 10 of each year. Criteria for selection may be viewed at the College and Career Centers of participating Massachusetts high schools.