Program

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 partially funded through the New Hampshire Department of Education.

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, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, District 20, Chair, Senate Finance Committee
  • Amanda Grappone Osmer, CEO, Grappone Automotive
  • Brennan Barnard, Director, College Counseling, The Derryfield School
  • Brian O’Connell, Principal, Bow High School
  • Christina Cuzzi, Manager, Community Relations, Fidelity Investments
  • Chris Hodgdon, Vice President, Government Affairs, Comcast
  • David Cuzzi, President, Prospect Hill Strategies
  • Dr. Deborah Scire, President, NH College & University Council
  • Dr. Patty Lynott, President, University College, Southern NH University
  • Dr. Susan Huard, Consultant, Community College System of New Hampshire
  • Frank Edelblut, Commissioner, NH Department of Education
  • Holly Vieten, Past-President, NH School Counselor Assoc. (Inter-Lakes HS)
  • Lucille Jordan, President, Nashua Community College
  • Mark Lambert, Vice President, Customer Relations, Unitil
  • Phil Suter, President/CEO, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
  • Terry Wolf, Chair, CS4NH & Community Outreach Coordinator, Alvirne High School
  • Sara Colson, Director, Workforce Accelerator 2025, NHBIA
  • Scott Power, Director, New Hampshire Scholars Initiative (NHCUC)
  • Scott Spradling, President, The Spradling Group
  • Senator Dan Feltes, District 15, Senate Majority Leader
  • Senator Regina Birdsell, District 19, V-Chair, Senate Transportation Committee
  • Tom Raffio, President/CEO, Northeast Delta Dental and Chair, NH Coalition for Business & Education
  • Will Arvelo, Director, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development