Since its founding, the Foundation for Seacoast Health has proudly awarded over 658 scholarships to 315 individuals totaling over $2.17 million in support.   APPLICATION DEADLINE-April 1st

Overview/ Requirements

Scholarship Overview

In keeping with the mission of the organization to invest its resources to improve the health and well being of Seacoast residents, candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a health-related field of study. The awards are based primarily on scholastic aptitude and performance, personal achievements, leadership, and community involvement. The applicant’s primary residence must be in one of the following towns: Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, Greenland, Newington, and North Hampton, New Hampshire; Kittery, Elliot and York, Maine. 

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Scholarship Application

Student Assessment - 3 Student Assements are required


Email Application & Statement of Support


Edwina Foye Award for Outstanding Graduate Student up to $5,000

The Edwina Foye scholarship was established in 1985 by colleagues, friends, and family to honor the memory of Edwina Foye, RN, a nurse who dedicated twenty-five years of service to Portsmouth Hospital (1952-1978).

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Steven Cutter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student up to $5,000

The Steven Scott Cutter scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees in 1999 in memory of Steven, son of Nancy L. Cutter, retired Foundation for Seacoast Health Administration Executive. Steven was a 1989 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and a 1994 graduate of the University Of Connecticut College Of Pharmacy.

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2018 Scholarship Recipients

Rebecca Thompson, a resident of Eliot, ME was selected as the recipient of the $2,500 Edwina Foye Scholarship Award.  Rebecca is studying at the Northeastern University in Boston, MA entering her first year in the masters in speech and language program.

Brigette Durham-Golter, a resident of Kittery, ME, was selected as the recipient of the $4,600 Steven Cutter Scholarship Award.  Brigette will be studying nursing program at Southern Maine Community College in So. Portland, ME

Aleandria "Lexi" Fratamico, a resident of Portsmouth, received a $2,500 scholarship award. Alexandria will be studying pre-med/physician assistant  at Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Boston, MA.

Gabriella Matheny, a resident of Greenland, received a $1,000 scholarship.  Gabriella will be studying microbiology program at Ohio State in Columbus, OH.


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To be eligible for award consideration, applicants continuously must have been and continue to be a resident of one (or more) of the following communities (Portsmouth, North Hampton, Greenland, Rye, Newington, New Castle, New Hampshire; or, Kittery, Eliot, or York, Maine for a minimum of two (2) years prior to the award year. Applicants must be pursuing a health-related field of study as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited institution of learning. Greatest consideration will be given to academic achievement as exemplified by class rank, GPA, and test scores; also considered are course difficulty, work shortage areas of need in Seacoast, job experience, community service, evidence of dedication to chosen field of study, and financial need.

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How to Apply

To apply for a scholarship, an applicant must complete and postmark his or her application to the Foundation for Seacoast Health no later than April 1st.

All candidates must submit scores from appropriate tests (see list below), prior to the scholarship application deadline, even if test scores are not required by schools for admittance. Scores from tests administered prior to 2005 are inadmissible for traditional students. Non-traditional students (individuals returning to school after an extended absence of 5 years or more) should contact the Foundation for Seacoast Health office for further clarification.

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Required Test Scores
Graduate Students

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Medical Aptitude Test (GMAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • National League of Nursing Admissions Test (NLN)

(Millers Analogy is not acceptable in lieu of the above)


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Undergraduate Students

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • National League of Nursing Admissions Test (NLN)
  • American College Test (ACT)


Application Review Criteria

  • Academic Excellence (National Test Scores, Grade Point Average, and Course Difficulty)
  • Financial Need (Optional)
  • Statements of Support (Statements support appropriateness of candidates choice of health-related field of studies, personal attributes, and evidence of leadership, motivation, and maturity)
  • Employment Experience in Health-related field
  • Community Involvement (voluntary involvement in community relative to health field of study of choice of career)
  • Personal Essay (Relation of essay topic to health studies or career choice)
  • Personal Goals (Evidence of commitment to field of health and potential for return to serve foundation communities)
  • Choice of Career in Workforce Shortage Areas (Special consideration will be give to candidates who are pursuing a career in a workforce shortage field)

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Distribution of Awards

Scholarship recipients and non-recipients shall be notified in early April. Awards will be paid in two equal installments per academic year with the first being issued on or after the third Tuesday in August and the second on or before December 30. Checks shall be issued jointly to the student and the school and must be endorsed by both parties. Checks shall not be issued until all components of the terms of agreement, signed by each scholarship recipient, have been met.

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Obligations of Award Recipients

Prior to any funds being discharged, scholarship recipients are required to submit verification of enrollment in an accredited institution as a part-time (8 or more credits) or full time student and confirmation of acceptance into a health-related field of study. At the end of the academic year, recipients must provide the Foundation for Seacoast Health with an official transcript and a financial accounting of how the scholarship monies were used.

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Financial Aid

A scholarship recipient who applies for financial aid may encounter reductions of, or amendments to, his/her institutional aid because of this scholarship award. To receive financial aid, state and federal regulations require that a candidate for receipt of financial aid must report all outside awards to the financial aid office of the institution he/she attends or plans to attend. If a student provides inaccurate application information or incomplete information about outside awards and personal resources, he/she risks jeopardizing his/her entire financial aid package as well as his/her Foundation for Seacoast Health Award.

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Additional Information

If the Foundation determines that any part of an award has been used for improper purposes, it may take all reasonable and appropriate steps either to recover the funds, or restore the diverted funds to the purposes being financed by the Foundation. Candidates who do not complete all components of the terms of agreement could jeopardize their future scholarship eligibility. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, veteran, or marital status, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. All information such as initial applications, references, student records and reports which are secured by the Foundation to evaluate the qualification of applicants or the documents required annually from Scholarship recipients become the property of the Foundation for Seacoast Health.

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