Two NH High Schools Ready to Access New Scholarship Program for Students in Dual-Credit Courses

Two NH High Schools Ready to Access New Scholarship Program for Students in Dual-Credit Courses

Two NH High Schools Ready to Access New Scholarship Program for Students in Dual-Credit Courses

Program funds STEM course enrollment that provides both high school and college credit through Community College System’s “Running Start”

NH - Pelham and Con-Val are the first two NH high schools to sign on to a program that will provide scholarships for their students to take up to two free STEM courses per year that give the students college credit alongside meeting their high school requirements. 

The program, known as the Governor’s Dual and Concurrent Enrollment STEM Scholarship, was included by the Governor and legislative leaders in the current state budget and is run through the Community College System of NH (CCSNH), which offers the courses in partnership with the high schools. Courses that typically cost students $150 will be offered free of charge, provided the course is in a STEM or STEM-related field and the student earns a grade of C or better. Students in high schools that have entered into an agreement with CCSNH that outlines the terms of the program are eligible for the scholarships.

“Expanding dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities and increasing student access to STEM programs have been key focuses of my administration,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This is great news in advancing both of those initiatives and I thank the Community College System of NH, as well as Pelham and Con-Val High Schools for their early commitment to the program. Expanding these opportunities is essential for students to pursue certificates and degrees or transfer to four-year institutions. These partnerships will help high school students acquire the academic skills necessary to be successful after graduation, and they will gain confidence as a result of early access to college instruction.”

The Community College System has been working in partnership with NH high schools to offer dual credit courses for many years, helping thousands of New Hampshire students get an affordable head start on college, and create pathways to achievement.

“We’re very pleased that there are now scholarship funds specifically dedicated to STEM courses that will help students attain critical skills as they pursue higher education,” said CCSNH chancellor Ross Gittell.

The program heavily relies on coordination and participation from high school faculty who work with community college partners to develop and offer the courses.

“The ConVal School District is very excited about the potential of providing more students with the opportunity to participate in dual and concurrent enrollment classes,” said Kimberly Rizzo Saunders, superintendent of the ConVal School District. “We anticipate that this will provide students with a solid foundation from which to build their postsecondary experiences."

In Pelham, administrators see the program as an opportunity to lead by example and encourage other schools to join the alliance to boost access to higher level STEM courses.

“The Pelham School District is pleased and very proud to ally with the NHDOE and CCSNH to offer Pelham High School students the opportunity to pursue their interests in STEM coursework through dual and concurrent enrollment courses at the local college level using the scholarship funds available through this alliance,” said Dr. Betsey S. Cox-Buteau, interim superintendent of SAU 28, Pelham School District. “We want to thank the NHDOE, CCSNH and Governor Sununu for this program and encourage other school districts to join the alliance to boost access to higher level STEM courses for NH high school students.”

For more information on scholarships and their availability in other NH high schools, please contact Ms. Beth Doiron,


The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.  The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.