We understand FAFSA will not have your complete Student Aid Report (with your SAI/EFC) until Mid-March. We encourage you to submit your scholarship application packet to us, with proof of your FAFSA submission. Once you receive your Student Aid Report or your FAFSA submission page that reflects your estimated Student Aid Index, forward the report to us prior to the April 1, 2024 deadline!
We are now accepting applications for the 2024- 2025 Academic Year!
You will need to make sure you have completed your FAFSA before
starting your application.
Graduates of Laconia High School, Gilford High School, and Belmont High School in New Hampshire, as well as Winnisquam Regional High School, Prospect Mountain High School and Interlakes High School, along with home schooled and private school students, who reside in Belknap County.
Legal residents of Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont, New Hampshire
Students in surrounding towns and schools may qualify for specific donor preference or requirement. Some local clubs and civic organizations offer awards to members regardless of high school or residency requirements.
Only one application is necessary to apply for most of the scholarship funds administered by the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. There are a few exceptions. These can be found below under "Additional Scholarship Competition Opportunities".
You must have completed your FAFSA before submitting your LRSF application! If you have not completed your FAFSA, click here to get started.
The following must be included in order for your LRSF application to be considered complete:
Completed LRSF Application
FAFSA Submission Summary
Transcript of Grades (must include your Grade Point Average (GPA), name of school and your name)
School/Community Activities/Work History
Essay (see essay note below)
Unless all checklist items are received, your application will not be considered a completed application packet. All Materials must be submitted by the deadline date. Late submissions WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstances. You are responsible for the timely submission/receipt of all documents.
UPDATED EARLY BIRD RAFFLE QUALIFICATION FOR 2024!
The "Early Bird" bonus award raffle will include the names of the first 30 completed qualified application packets (with proof of FAFSA submission) that we receive!
Completed application packets MUST BE EMAILED to LRSF in a pdf. format.
Before submitting your essay, make sure it meets the following:
You have chosen the correct essay prompt.
Your essay is approximately 400 - 450 words typewritten.
Your essay should contain content that responds to the writing prompt.
Your essay should show evidence that time and thought went into the response.
Your essay should be grammatically sound with no spelling errors.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Each application is screened on the basis of financial need, extra-curricular activities, scholastic rating, the student's plans for college and career goals. We ensure a conscientious, confidential and fair assessment of each application.
Amount of Awards:
In general, award amounts are determined by the rating given by the screening committee, based on the need of the applicant and the quality of the application.
Notification & Disbursement of Funds:
Most graduating high school students are notified at their school's Award Night or graduation ceremony. All recipients are notified by the end of June. Scholarship recipients receive a College Certification and Request for Disbursement Form, which must be completed by their college. Upon receipt of the completed form, LRSF forwards payment to the college, to be applied to the student's account and disbursed as half for each semester.
ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES
ANNALEE THORNDIKE ART COMPETITION
(l to r) Karen Thorndike, Joan Frates, LRSF President, Kailyn Kimball, winner of 2023 Annalee Thorndike Art Competition, Chris Guilmett, LRSF Assistant Director and Chuck Thorndike
(l to r) Kailyn Kimball, 1st place, Aurora Kennedy, tied for 3rd place, Madilyn Neathery, tied for 3rd place, Victoria Weismann, 2nd place.
In the spring of each year, LRSF sponsors an art competition to determine the winners of the Annalee Thorndike Art Award. Students wishing to participate should submit the Art Competition entry form, and a LRSF application if they wish to qualify for other funds administered by the Foundation, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Here for the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Application.
The Annalee Thorndike scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the student's art work. Winners are determined by a three-person panel of judges.
THE RUTH A. AND LEONARD A. STOCKWELL SCHOLARSHIP
The Ruth A. and Leonard A. Stockwell Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors, who are residents of Gilmanton.
To qualify for this scholarship, students must submit a cover sheet, essay and LRSF application by April 1st.
In a one-page typed composition, describe what it means to you to be an American and to live in the United States.
LAKES REGION BUILDERS AND REMODELERS ASSOCIATION
Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association offers scholarship awards for students considering a future in one of the following careers, with plans to further his/her education beyond high school: Carpentry, Construction Management, Interior Design, Electrical, Construction Excavation, Plumbing, Architecture, Structural Management, HVAC, Drafting, Landscape Architecture and Landscaping. Separately, they also offer a Golden Hammer Award for tools of the trade. Click Here for the LRBRA Application.
KLAUS BIEMANN SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Klaus Biemann Science Scholarship is open to students who live in Alton or Barnstead and attend Prospect Mountain High School. Students applying for this scholarship must intend to major in one of the following in a four-year college: chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics or a related major (for example, marine biology or biophysics).
To qualify, students must submit cover sheet, special essay, letter of recommendation from school.