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Academic Grants

    The Friends of the Library of Windham is pleased to offer four distinct grants to Windham residents.  These grants are a one-time award ranging from $1,000 to $2,000; the largest in Windham.  Two of the awards are for high school seniors in pursuit of a 4 year degree at a college of university, one is for a high school senior with plans to attend a community college or trade school, and the final grant is for a non-traditional student returning to school after a gap of 5 or more years. 



2020 Grant Recipients

Samantha Anderson

Jonathan Gallo

Grace St. Laurent

2019 Grant Recipients

Joshua David

Alyssa Daniels

2018 Grant Recipients

Zachary Colvin, Jaimie Baker (FLOW President), Sam Cohen, Robert Jeans 

2017 Grant Recipients

Kevin Frey & Taylor Mendes

2016 Grant Recipients

Alexandra Lewis, Conor Leland, David Maxwell Souter

To apply, simply download the application form.  Application forms are also available at the Nesmith Library circulation desk and on the Windham High School Scholarship portal.  Return your application to the Windham High School Guidance Office or to the Nesmith Library by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 1st, 2021.  Winners will be annouced at the Windham High School Blue and Gold Award Ceremony. 

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The Mary Long Arts Grant                               $2,000 

The Mary Long Arts Grant is established to help students pursue their studies in the arts.  Examples of degrees may include:

  • Architecture

  • Art

  • Art Conservation

  • Art History

  • Broadcast Journalism

  • Communications

  • Creative Writing

  • Dance

  • Drama/Theatre

  • Music

  • Film

  • Graphic Arts

  • Web Design

  • Museum Studies

The Professional Studies Grant                      $2,000 

The Professional Studies Grant is established to help students pursue their professional studies.  Examples of eligible disciplines may include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied Sciences

  • Business

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Education

  • Life Sciences

  • Health and Human Services

  • Physical Sciences

  • Pre-Law

  • Pre-Med

  • Sociology

  • Psychology

The Community College/                                 

Trade School Grant                                           $1,500

The Community College/Trade School Grant is established to help students attend a two-year community college or a vocational school. FLOW recognizes not all students want or need to go to a four-year institution to accomplish their next step in education. A two-year community college offers a variety of educational programs that can lead to earning an associates degree or a certification. A vocational school is any educational institution that is specifically geared toward helping students get employment-ready skills and knowledge for particular occupations.


Examples of schools include, but are not limited to the following.  Schools located in other states are acceptable options.

  • Concord Regional Technical Center

  • Empire Beauty Schools of New Hampshire

  • Great Bay Community College

  • Lakes Region Community College

  • Manchester Community College

  • Manchester School of Technology

  • Nashua Community College

  • Nashua Technical Center

  • NHTI

  • NH Real Estate School

  • River Valley Community College

  • The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades

  • White Mountains Community College

The Non-Traditional/Returning To College Grant                           $1,000 

Non-Traditional students fall outside the preconceived norms for college-bound students.  General wisdom has it that high school graduates who wish to pursue a college education do so directly after graduation, completing a seamless transition into post-secondary education.  But there are many paths to higher education, and they do not all conform to the same map.  Many students choose to postpone college, or move directly into the workforce bypassing a university education altogether.  It is only later that they decide to pursue a higher education, either to improve their professional opportunities, or to expand their general knowledge.  Still other students may have had their college careers interrupted, either by growing families or financial difficulties, and only later return to complete what they had started.

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