New Hampshire Scholars is a community-based program that encourages students to take a more rigorous Core Course of Study in high school. It is based on a partnership between a community's local business leaders and its school district. New Hampshire Scholars is federally-funded through the U.S. Department of Education, College Access Challenge Grant (CACG).
New Hampshire Scholars is coordinated through a partnership between the New Hampshire College and University Council, Campus Compact for New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Department of Education. New Hampshire Scholars is part of the National State Scholars Initiative Network. Twenty-five states across the country participate in this national initiative.
In an effort to increase visibility to the initiative and encourage other key constituents to engage in this statewide effort, we have developed a Leadership Board to provide oversight regarding the initiative's sustainability plan. These leaders advise strategies to appropriately align NH Scholars with higher education and business community expectations. Membership includes K-12, Higher Education, community and public policy.
Chair, Dr. Dick Gustafson, Director, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission
Dr. Patty Lynott, Provost/Sr. VP Academic Affairs, Southern New Hampshire University
Lucille Jordan, President, Nashua Community College
Dr. Susan Huard, President, Manchester Community College
Steve Marchand, Director, Corporate Relations, University of New Hampshire
Tom Raffio, President/CEO, Northeast Delta Dental
Jim Roche, President, NH Business & Industry Association
Lisa Guertin, President, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NH
Fred Kocher, President, NH High Technology Council
Maureen Curtiss, General Manager, Timken Co.
Dr. Virginia Barry, Commissioner of NH Department of Education
Senator Nancy Stiles, Chair Senate Education Committee
Senator Molly Kelly, Senate Education Committee
Representative Mary Gile, Chair House Education Committee
Marjorie Chiafery, Superintendent, Merrimack School District
Dr. Thomas Brennan, Superintendent, Manchester School District
Holly Vieten, President, NH School Counselor Association
Ex Officio Members:
Tom Horgan, President/CEO, NH College & University Council
Deborah Scire, Executive Director, Campus Compact for NH
Scott Power, Director, New Hampshire Scholars Initiative (NHCUC)
Use the links below to learn more about the specific aspects of our program.
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