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
  • “This scholarship has brought me to know more about myself and where I come from than I ever thought possible, and brought me to boast my Cape Cod heritage with more pride than ever before.” Molly Crowell, Vassar College class of 2017

  • “Being awarded The Cape Cod Association Scholarship was a proud moment for me as a Senior at Barnstable High School.  Applying for this scholarship gave me the opportunity and inspiration to research my Cape Cod roots that go back several generations.” Lauren Lee, University of New Hampshire @ Durham, Class of 2019

  • “I’m very proud of my Cape Cod roots.  I’m also grateful to be a recipient of one of the many Cape Cod Association Scholarships available to existing Cape Cod college students and college bound, native Cape Codders.” Matt Cook, Wheaton College, Class of 2018