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 federally-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
  • Amy Schwartz, Associate Vice Chancellor, University System of NH
  • Brennan Barnard, Director, College Counseling, The Derryfield School
  • Christina Cuzzi, Manager, Community Relations, Fidelity Investments
  • Chris Hodgdon, Vice President, Government Affairs, Comcast
  • David Cuzzi, President, Prospect Hill Strategies
  • Dr. Deborah Scire, Interim President, NH College & University Council
  • Dr. Patty Lynott, President, University College, Southern NH University
  • Dr. Susan Huard, President, Manchester Community College
  • Frank Edelblut, Commissioner, NH Department of Education
  • Holly Vieten, Past-President, NH School Counselor Assoc. (Inter-Lakes HS)
  • Lucille Jordan, President, Nashua Community College
  • Marjorie Chiafery, Superintendent, Merrimack School District
  • Mark Lambert, Vice President, Customer Relations, Unitil
  • Michael Seidel, Division Director, Higher Education, NHDOE
  • Phil Suter, President/CEO, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
  • Terry Wolf, Former House Rep, Education Committee
  • 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