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Opening the Doors of Opportunity

From left are Katherine Reid, student scholars Tina Huynh and Zeinab Jubeili, and Carole Reid.
Katherine Reid, Tina Huynh and Zeinab Jubeili and Carole Reid. 

Higher education empowers young people to make the most of their talents, expand their horizons, and achieve their bold ambitions. As a comprehensive regional university with the most diverse student body in the Massachusetts system, Salem State has a proud legacy of providing access to that ladder of opportunity—positioning our students to lead fulfilling lives that contribute to the vibrancy of the North Shore and beyond. To ensure that every deserving candidate has access to the power of a Salem State education, we are focused on an increased investment in financial aid that reflects the evolving needs of our student population and helps strengthen the fabric of our community.

Providing scholarship awards is critical to attracting and retaining qualified students. To fulfill our mission and educate our students, we have two imperatives:

  • Ensure that bright and motivated students can afford to attend Salem State
  • Ensure that our students have the financial, academic and personal support they need to remain through graduation


General scholarships are established as short-term, renewable gifts of $2,000 or more per academic year. When a donor establishes an annual scholarship, the entire gift is awarded to a student or students. Consider making a gift to establish a general scholarship!

With an endowed scholarship, you can create an enduring legacy at Salem State that supports the university now and forever! Make your gift of $50,000 or more in one payment or over a period of up to five years and contribute additional principal at any time. After earning interest for three years, fund income can be spent according to your wishes. Consider making a gift to establish an endowed scholarship.


The Presidential Diversity Scholarship helps support students from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. You can make a difference by establishing a scholarship like the Presidential Diversity Scholarship!

Student Navigation Center provides a range of services from financial aid to student billing to registration to counseling on family and life issues. Student Navigation Center staff report that 90 percent of the information requested by students is related to financial matters; the Center frequently counsels students who are forced to choose between paying tuition and paying for food and housing.

The Center for Academic Excellence offers advising, tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction and reading and test-taking strategies to ensure student success.


For More Information

Taylor Dunn

Taylor Dunn
Director, Campaign and Donor Relations

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