Rivier provides financial aid to approximately 85% of our students. Increasing available scholarship dollars is critical to helping Rivier students attain their dreams of a university education. In addition to the Annual Fund, the University’s endowed scholarships help make a Rivier education affordable for our students. Through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, more than 50 endowed scholarships have been created.
Scholarships can go a long way towards offsetting expenses for students, enabling them to attain the education that might otherwise never be more than a dream. Individuals, foundations, and corporations generously contribute endowed and restricted scholarships to Rivier University to help deserving students.
Creating a new endowed scholarship
With a gift of $10,000, you can create a named scholarship endowment. Scholarships are awarded from income generated by the funds' principal, which remains intact. Our endowed scholarships are awarded using a 4.5% spending formula; a $20,000 scholarship fund would yield an approximate annual award of $900. Scholarships can be formed with a three-year maximum pledge commitment.
When creating a new scholarship, staff in our Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations will work with you to establish a name for the fund and the criteria that is most meaningful to you.
Students seeking scholarship assistance are invited to contact the Office of Financial Aid at (603) 897-8510.
The following is a list of the many scholarships that have been created to help our students achieve their personal best:
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The Alumni Scholarship
Provides $2,000 annually ($8,000 over four years) to qualified children of Rivier University Alumni. Please be sure to specify your relationship to a Rivier University graduate on your Admissions Application.
The Carl Amelio '74H Nursing Scholarship Fund
Established by Carl Amelio '74H, this scholarship recognizes and honors a graduate of the St. Joseph School of Practical Nursing who chooses to pursue a career as a registered nurse through additional education at Rivier University. Mr. Amelio's belief in the two schools' Catholic mission and their devotion to excellence in education and Christian values is exemplified by the creation of this scholarship.
The Dr. Rose Arthur Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of the founder of the Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE), who also served as Dean of the Undergraduate Evening School. The fund supports evening students who have demonstrated a commitment to the greater Nashua community through volunteer work or public service.
The William Barrett Scholarship
Established by Margaret Barrett in memory of her husband, William Barrett, friend and former Rivier trustee. The award is made yearly to students in the chemistry department, or, if no eligible chemistry students exist, to a student studying biology, nursing, or health sciences.
The Susan Carney Betkey '74 Scholarship
Created in 1985 through a bequest from an alumna, this scholarship assists female single parents studying for an undergraduate degree.
The Brenda Lois Birck Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Brenda Lois Birck, this scholarship recognizes her commitment to the value of higher education for students who have displayed both leadership qualities and a desire to serve others. The scholarship is awarded to New Hampshire residents studying at Rivier at least half time and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
The Dr. and Mrs. James Black Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by the couple's daughter, Marion Black, the scholarship recognizes Dr. Black's commitment to providing excellent medical care to his patients, his recognition of the value of personal involvement in patient care, and the family's concern for the Nashua community. The scholarship will be awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students with preference given to students studying in fields related to the practice of medicine: nursing, premedical, and health sciences.
The Fr. Edward E. Bracq Scholarship
Established in 1995 by Fr. Edward E. Bracq, chaplain at Rivier from 1975 to 1984, this need-based scholarship assists a woman attending the School of Undergraduate Studies at least half-time, with preference given to nontraditional and/or physically challenged students.
The Chenard Family Scholarship
Given by Françoise, Jeanne d'Arc, and Marcelle '57/'63G Chenard in memory of their brother, Robert Chenard. The need-based scholarship will assist a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and community involvement; preference is given to students of Franco-American descent.
The In Kyong Chung Scholarship Fund
This scholarship recognizes Mr. Chung's long affiliation with the University and reflects his respect for higher education, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, and the City of Nashua. The need-based award will benefit a full-time undergraduate student from Nashua. Preference will be given to students majoring in nursing or the health sciences.
The Donat Corriveau Family Scholarship Fund
Established by members of his family, this fund serves as a tribute to Donat Corriveau's life and recognizes his long affiliation with the University. The scholarship reflects Donat Corriveau's respect for the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and their commitment to educating young men and women. Scholarship recipients must be in good academic standing studying for a baccalaureate degree and demonstrate financial need.
The Dr. Normand R. Cote Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Cote family, this need-based scholarship is awarded to sophomores pursuing bachelor's degrees in nursing or the health sciences.
The William Ames Curtright '02H Scholarship
This scholarship was established to help prepare qualified scientists for the future. The award will go to a full-time student majoring in a science field or a student preparing to teach science. The recipient shall have a GPA of 3.2 or better.
The Pauline Cushion '96 Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1997 by members of Pauline's family as a tribute to her life and years of study towards her baccalaureate degree. The recipient shall be a sophomore in the Undergraduate Evening program and be in good academic standing.
The Dr. Christos Daoulas Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship supports full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in education or nursing. Family members established the fund in 2008 in honor of Dr. Daoulas, who served as Dracut Superintendent of Schools for 38 years and taught in Rivier’s graduate education program.
The Louise E. McLellan Dubois Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by Armand Dubois, to recognize his wife's commitment to the value of higher education for women who have demonstrated both leadership qualities and the desire to serve others.
The Sr. Marie-Jeanne Ducharme, p.m. '56/'61G French Scholarship Fund
Established by Eric and Antoinette Rivard Drouart '74, this scholarship recognizes Sr. Marie-Jeanne's commitment to the French language and culture and the French-Canadian heritage in New England. Recipients should be full-time undergraduates majoring in French and be in good academic standing. Preference is given to students of Franco-American heritage.
The Bertrand C. Dufour Scholarship Fund
This fund recognizes Bert Dufour's commitment to higher education at Rivier University as exemplified in his many years of dedicated service as a professor in the biology department and as a student advisor while serving as Department Chair. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor of science degree in biology.
The Elmer and Esther (Guimond) Dugas Memorial Scholarship
Established by Laurette Dugas Billig '48 in memory of her brother and sister-in-law. The award recognizes their commitment to the value of continuing education and their involvement in helping others.
The Margaret Quill Flynn '81H Scholarship
This scholarship serves as a tribute to a former Rivier Trustee and recognizes her many years of service to Rivier University, the Nashua community, and the State of New Hampshire.
The Genest Scholarship
Established to provide assistance to students attending Rivier University from Manchester, NH. Preference is given to students who are members of St. Anthony's Parish.
The Grace Family Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes The Grace Family’s long affiliation with Rivier University and reflects the Grace Family’s respect for the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and for the education Agnes Grace received while an undergraduate student. Scholarship recipients shall have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. The recipient shall be a full-time undergraduate student, majoring in Education and who has completed one academic year.
The Rosalie Mielnicki Graveline Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes her commitment to the University's Catholic mission and to education in nursing. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Rivier-St. Joseph Nursing AS program who shows promise of success in completing the nursing curriculum.
The Yvonne Greenleaf '64/'89G Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Women's Studies Committee of Rivier University created this scholarship in memory of Yvonne Greenleaf, alumna and longtime math professor. The scholarship will be awarded to a student minoring in women's studies or majoring in math, science, or computer science. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and are the first member of their family to attend college.
The Kathie E. Haber Scholarship
Established by Steven F. Haber in honor of his wife to support undergraduate and graduate teacher education, specifically in computer science, mathematics, and education.
The Karen M. Hallinan '91 Scholarship
Dennis Hallinan established this scholarship in memory of his wife to provide scholarship aid for nontraditional students pursuing degrees in nursing. The scholarship serves as a tribute to Karen Hallinan's spirituality and her strong ties to Rivier University.
The Dr. Paul V. Hajjar Award Fund
The family and friends of Dr. Hajjar established this award to recognize dedicated business students who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of ethical business practices. The recipient will be a senior business student who has contributed to the Rivier community or his or her own community in a meaningful way.
The Nelle Holmes '78H Scholarship
Awarded to students who have participated in or supported programs sponsored by the Center for Peace and Social Justice, this scholarship was established in 1997 to recognize Nelle Holmes, a leader in education and public service who served on Rivier's Advisory Board for many years. To be eligible, students must have completed one year as a full-time Rivier student and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
The Incentive Scholarship
Established in 1972 to provide support for students seeking a degree in one of Rivier's Undergraduate Evening programs.
The Jacobs Family Charitable Trust
Established to recognize Margaret Jacobs' commitment to the nursing profession and to the education of nurses. Awarded to a student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need and a dedication to the nursing profession.
The Frank T. and Corrine M. Kennedy Scholarship
Established by the Kennedy family to assist full-time female students. Preference is given to students who have completed one full year of study. Recipients must be in good academic standing in accordance with University standards.
The Sr. Joseph Landry, p.m. '39/'92H Memorial Scholarship
Established as a memorial to Sr. Joseph Landry, p.m. '39/'92H, beloved professor of education. Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and a clear dedication to achieving excellence.
The Captain Naomi Lanouette RN, A.N.C. Scholarship
Established in 1990 to provide support for students pursuing degrees in nursing, this scholarship recognizes Naomi Lanouette's devotion to the nursing profession.
The Latvis Family Scholarship Fund
Created by members of the Latvis-Arel family, to honor the lives of Joseph and Doris Latvis and Joseph's sister Anna Latvis Bouba. Awarded to undergraduate nursing students who demonstrate financial need and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
The Therese A. Levesque, Ph.D. '38 Scholarship Fund
Established by members of her family, this scholarship serves as a tribute to Dr. Levesque's life and her love of God, country, family, and education. It also reflects Dr. Levesque's respect for the education she received as an undergraduate student and one of Rivier's first graduates.
The Eugene Lylin Scholarship
Created in memory of Eugene Lylin, this annual scholarship is awarded to a full time business student, who demonstrates academic excellence and as well as interest in other community activities such as sports, music, art or community service. Born in Russia, Eugene was a beloved member of the Rivier community and volleyball team.
The Dorothy Wong Lu '52 Scholarship Fund
This scholarship recognizes Mrs. Lu's respect for the education she received at Rivier. The fund benefits students in the undergraduate program. The recipient shall be attending Rivier on a full-time basis, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need.
The Charlotte Putnam Maney Scholarship Fund
Established by her family, this scholarship serves as a tribute to her life, her commitment to the nursing profession, and the education of nurses. Recipients must be in good academic standing and exhibit the qualities and dedication to become an outstanding nursing professional.
The Denise Martínez-Fay '93 Memorial Scholarship
Established by members of her family as a tribute to her life and years of study toward her associate degree in nursing. The recipient shall be a nontraditional nursing student who exhibits the qualities and commitment to become an outstanding nursing professional.
The Richard F. Medas Scholarship
Established by MJ Scrivener Medas '74/'85G to recognize her husband's long-standing affiliation with Rivier. Recipients must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.
The Kathleen "Katie" McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
Established by members of her family, the Kathleen McCarthy Memorial Scholarship serves as a tribute to her life and to her dream of becoming a teacher. This scholarship reflects the family’s respect for the education Kathleen received while a student at Rivier. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in education.
Dr. Charles L. Mitsakos Scholarship
The Dr. Charles L. Mitsakos Scholarship Fund recognizes Dr. Mitsakos' commitment to the field of education and is dedicated to strengthening the learning and teaching of education in an environment that maintains an emphasis on community and public service. The award will be made annually to a Rivier University full-time undergraduate day or evening student majoring in education.
The Mable A. Murphy Scholarship
Established by her son, Rev. Gerald T. Murphy in 1991 to provide scholarship support for students pursuing degrees in nursing, this scholarship honors Mable A. Murphy's thirty years of nursing service.
The Nugent Scholarship
Established in memory of Margaret C. Nugent to benefit students who have completed two years of undergraduate study and have made significant contributions in the areas of arts, leadership, and social commitment.
The Nashua College Club Scholarship
The Nashua College Club Scholarship was created by The Nashua College Club in 2013. The funds benefit students in the undergraduate program. The recipient shall be attending Rivier on a full-time basis, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need. Preference is giving to Nashua, NH residents.
The Sr. Marcelle Papineau, p.m. '46 Scholarship
Established in memory of a dedicated teacher and long-time chair of Rivier's Mathematics department to provide scholarship support for a full-time undergraduate student majoring in mathematics or computer science.
The Mona L. Pelletier '51 Scholarship
Established to benefit undergraduate students attending on at least a half-time basis, this scholarship reflects Mona Pelletier's respect for the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and for the education she received as a Rivier student.
The Sr. Constance Perreault, p.m. '59 Scholarship
Established in 1989 in honor of Sr. Constance Perreault, p.m. '59 former Alumni Director of Rivier. Recipients must be enrolled full-time in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
The Sr. Jeanne Perreault, p.m. '98H Honors Scholarship
Established in recognition of Sr. Jeanne's seventeen years as Rivier president, this fund benefits students of exceptional academic standing enrolled in the Sr. Jeanne Perreault Honors Program.
The Sheila Phillips and George Brown Scholarship Fund
Awarded annually to a female undergraduate student, this need-based scholarship recognizes the long affiliation of Sheila Phillips and George Brown with Rivier. The scholarship also reflects their respect for the education Ms. Phillips' daughter, Kimberly Phillips Bebyn '91/'95G received at Rivier.
The Raymond W. and Margaret G. Proulx Memorial Scholarship
Established to show appreciation for the outstanding level of care that Raymond and Margaret Proulx received from graduates of Rivier's nursing programs. The scholarship will allow academically qualified and highly motivated students to receive a Rivier education and is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Bertha Capen Reynolds Scholarship
A need-based scholarship given by an anonymous Rivier alumna, this fund provides assistance to a full-time Rivier student in good academic standing with preference given to students majoring in sociology or minoring in social work.
The Thomas Richardson Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1997 in recognition of the long-standing affiliation of Thomas Richardson and Delta Education, Inc., with Rivier. The scholarship benefits a student attending Rivier at least half-time, with preference given to employees of Delta Education, Inc. and members of their immediate families.
The R.I.S.E. Memorial Scholarship FundThis scholarship was established by participants in the Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE). It serves as a tribute to the lives of its deceased members, family and friends. The scholarship is awarded annually, based on financial need, to any full or part-time student attending Rivier with preference given to a student who has earned more than 30 credits at Rivier and is currently enrolled in at least two courses per semester.
The Anne Marie Rivier Scholarship
Established to provide scholarship assistance to relatives of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary of the Manchester Province who are enrolled full-time in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
The Maria E. Robert Scholarship
Established by her family to honor Miss Robert, a long-time resident of Manchester, NH, and a very devout Catholic. Recipients should be full-time undergraduate students, in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need.
The Dr. George Shagory Memorial Scholarship Fund
Members of the Shagory family established this fund in 1999 as a tribute to Dr. George Shagory's life and many years of service to Rivier. Dr. Shagory was a professor of business since 1976 and served as chair of the graduate and undergraduate business departments. This scholarship assists a student enrolled in Rivier's MBA program who attends on a half-time basis.
The Albert J. Shurkus Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of the former chair of Rivier's religious studies department to provide financial assistance to undergraduate degree candidates who lack the financial resources to attend college. Special consideration is given to international students.
The Deborah V. Skrekas Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1997 by members of her family, the Deborah V. Skrekas Memorial Scholarship assists students who have completed at least 15 credit hours in the Rivier MBA program, demonstrate financial need, and possess good academic standing. Preference is given to Massachusetts residents.
The Student Art Scholarship
Established in 2002, the scholarship will be awarded to an art major in the BA or BFA program who has completed at least one academic year at Rivier. The recipient shall have a GPA of 3.25 or better in art courses. From any group of cantidates thus qualified, the award will go to the student demonstrating the greatest financial need.
The Samuel A. Tamposi Sr. Scholarship
Established by the Tamposi family as a need-based scholarship for full-time students at Rivier who exemplify determination, commitment to community service, and a strong work ethic. Preference is given to students residing in the Nashua, NH area.
The Henry L. & Emeline L. Thibodeau Memorial Scholarship
Sr. Lucille C. Thibodeau, p.m., Ph.D., tenth president of Rivier, established this scholarship in memory of her parents. This need-based scholarship assists first-generation college students attending Rivier full-time, majoring in English or Communications. Preference is given to Catholic high school graduates.
The Transfer Student Scholarship Fund
Established in 2001 to support students transferring to Rivier from other schools.
The Sr. Sylvia Trottier, p.m. '43/'93H Scholarship Fund
This fund, established by Lise Ouellette '55 and Dr. Paul Ouellette, recognizes Sr. Sylvia's committment to Rivier and its mission. Throughout her 51-year career, including nearly 40 years as a professor and chair of the chemistry department and 18 years as Rivier's first athletic director, she was an advocate for the education of women, especially in the sciences. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student majoring in one of the science fields.
The Undergraduate Evening Student Scholarship
Established by the Rivier Lambda Upsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the UES Scholarship was instituted to meet the critical shortage of financial aid available to adult evening students.
The Bee & Bob Weisman Scholarship
Established by H. Robert Weisman to recognize his longstanding involvement with and devotion to Rivier, this scholarship is awarded annually, based on financial need, to a full-time student majoring in mathematics, computer science, a physical science, or education with the intent of teaching any of those disciplines at the middle or high school level. The recipient shall be at least a sophomore and have a GPA of at least 3.0.
The Jonathan Wolf Memorial Scholarship
Established by his family to serve as a tribute to Jon's life and strength of character, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate day student who has completed at least two years of study and who demonstrates a solid work ethic and commitment to overcoming adversity to accomplish goals.
The Joseph Wozniak '76 Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student attending Rivier who displays leadership qualities and a desire to serve others. The student must have cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better and have achieved sophomore status.
The Josephine and Jacob Zator Scholarship
Established in 1995 and named for the late parents of Susan Zator '66, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree in business, nursing, or biology.