New Hampshire proudly supports the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC) and in 2014, launched the “I Am College Bound/I Applied” program, an initiative designed to increase the number of low-income and first-generation high school students who pursue a postsecondary education by inviting them to submit at least one college admission application during a particular day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals.

By the numbers:

Year Number of Participating High Schools Number of Participating Students Number of College Applications Submitted Scholarship Dollars Awarded
2017 34 1300 (expected) 2800 (expected) $17,000
2016 24 1054 2221 $12,000
2015 14 534 998 $7,000
2014 6 264 533 $3,000
Total   1852 3752 $39,000

In addition to application support, students receive promotional materials from I Am College Bound/I Applied, including a take-home folder with comprehensive follow-up information on next steps in the college admissions and financial aid processes. Each participating high school receives one $500 scholarship to be raffled and awarded to a participating student.

Admissions offices from all of the state’s colleges and universities and college access programs throughout New Hampshire work collaboratively to make this initiative successful and are committed to supporting first-generation college students.

This initiative is led by a Steering Committee with members from NH Department of Education, NH College & University Council, University System of New Hampshire, Community College System of New Hampshire, The NHHEAF Network Organizations, Campus Compact of New Hampshire, NH Charitable Foundation, NH School Counselors Association and NH Association of Student Aid Administrators.

Follow New Hampshire’s campaign on Twitter at #collegeboundnh.

2016 "I Am College Bound/I Applied" Photo Gallery

For more information about this program, please contact State Coordinator Tori Berube by email or at 603.227.5310.