What is NH Scholars?

New Hampshire Scholars is a state-wide program that encourages students to challenge themselves with rigorous courses so that they are prepared for college and the workforce.  Schools also partner with local businesses to provide students with access to job shadows and internships.  To be eligible for the program, students must complete a core course of study that reflects typical college entrance requirements, as well as maintain a GPA of 90 or higher.  Students who take additional courses in Arts or STEM and maintain a cumulative GPA of 93 or higher may be eligible for an Arts or STEM distinction.

Why should I be an NH Scholar?

There are many reasons to be an NH Scholar, including:

Recognition – NH Scholars are recognized at the CBNA Baccalaureate Ceremony.

Applying to college – Many NH Colleges waive the application fee for NH Scholars.

Getting in to college – NH Scholars is part of the nationwide State Scholars program, so schools from around the country recognize NH Scholars as students who have completed rigorous college-preparatory coursework.  This may give you a competitive edge over other applicants.

Paying for college – Some schools offer scholarships exclusively to NH Scholars; even if school does not offer exclusive scholarships to NH Scholars, you may have fulfilled requirements for more competitive scholarships because of the additional courses you completed as an NH Scholar.

How do I become an NH Scholar?

Students in all four grades are eligible to enroll in the program.  Interested students should meet with their school counselor to review their courses, determine eligibility, and sign a contract.

NH Scholars Pathways
NH Scholars STEM Emphasis Arts Emphasis
4 credits English

4 credits math (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)

3 credits of lab science (including biology and chemistry or physics)

3.5 credits social studies

2 credits of a world language

All core courses must be CP-level or higher

Minimum GPA: 90

4 credits English

4 credits math (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)

4 credits of lab science (including biology and chemistry or physics)

3.5 credits social studies

2 credits of a world language

1 (or more) additional credits of science or other STEM

All core courses must be CP-level or higher

Minimum GPA: 93

4 credits English

4 credits math (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)

3 credits of lab science (including biology and chemistry or physics)

3.5 credits social studies

2 credits of a world language

2 or more credits of visual or performing arts

All core courses must be CP-level or higher

Minimum GPA: 93

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