Over 150 years ago, the founders of the Cape Cod Association felt a need to increase the scope of knowledge and sophistication of the future Cape Cod generations. To accomplish this goal they envisioned assisting Cape Cod secondary school graduates to attending four-year New England colleges in hopes that upon graduation they would return, or at least retain their association with the Cape.

With these goals in mind, a charter was formulated which was modified over the years to match our level of giving. The Association now grants awards to students attending two- and four-year colleges, technical schools, and community colleges anywhere in the United States. The Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Association hopes that this scholarship fund will be successful in providing a solid education for Cape Cod students who otherwise could not afford it.


The criteria for the Cape Cod Association Scholarship include:

A Cape Cod Heritage

Applicants must currently reside and have been born on the Cape & Islands. We continue to strive to reward applicants with extensive Cape heritage. Any information on other Cape ancestors is helpful.

College Bound

Applicants may attend any college or university including technical schools and community colleges. The Association does not provide scholarships for graduate education.


Grades and class rankings are important considerations to help ensure successful completion of college. Academic merit/achievement of each student is carefully weighed with extracurricular involvement, financial need and heritage.

Extracurricular Activities

School, community, church, sports, past work history, etc. are important indications of moral character and suitability for award.

Financial Need

Financial need will be carefully evaluated as it is important in determining eligibility for a scholarship award. Scholarships are available all four years of undergraduate education, but the applicant must reapply each year. The amount awarded is determined by the Board of Directors and is based on investment factors and the number of successful applicants. No assumption of future amounts can be forecast. If an award is granted, an award letter will be mailed to the successful applicant. The award recipient will be asked to return the signed letter with the address of the college to the Cape Cod Association. The award check will be sent directly to the college bursar.

Past Scholarship Recipients
  • “…I plan on going into the psychology field in a track in Industrial Organizational Psychology.  This path will allow me to work in HR, helping businesses improve the quality of work life for their employees”

    Grace Cotoia
    Fairfield University, Pyschology

  • “My goal in life is to advance effort for equity in America’s government, institutions, an overall cultures.”

    Jacob Swenson
    The George Washington University, Economics

  • “Generous awards, such as the Cape Cod Association Scholarship, help me and my family worry less about my education expenses so that I can focus on my courses and research.”

    Elias Rotondo
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Computer Science and Mathematic