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Graduate & Professional Studies

Scholarship Opportunities

Our alumni community has come together to lend a helping hand with these unique scholarship opportunities. If you're interested in learning more about graduate scholarships, don't hesitate to reach out to Beth Piuze via email or text anytime. 

  • Business School

$500 Women in Leadership Scholarship


Every new female student who enrolls in her first class during the 2019 Summer II or Fall I session is eligible to receive this exciting $500 scholarship.

Women earn, on average, just $0.70 for every dollar their male counterparts make with equal experience doing equal work. As an institution, Nichols has published extensive research on the consequences of systemic sexism, and we've been woman-led for nearly 20 years. We're excited to be able to offer this scholarship and to use the cost of every woman's first class as an example to the entire business community of how change is made.

  • Business School
If you, or any woman in your life, is ready to start a master's journey, we want to speak with you. Nichols is all about community, solidarity, and helping each other achieve a better tomorrow with professional development and a unique focus on the kind of leadership, negotiation, and creative problem solving skills that women can bring to the table in any business setting.
— Beth Piuze, Assistant Director of Admissions

$1000 Local Leaders Scholarship

At Nichols, we’re proud of the impact our business & leadership institution has had on the Worcester/Dudley area over the past 200+ years, and now we’re proud to offer this exciting one-time $1000 scholarship to a resident of Worcester county with a demonstrated history of giving back to the community or a clear vision to do so. In 500 words or less, tell us how you plan to change Worcester country for the better, and submit your essay with your application above.

The Local Leaders Scholarship is a proud member of the DGLI family of scholarships available to incoming Nichols College graduate students. 

$1000 Data in STEM Scholarship

Data analytics is changing the way technology moves within our economy, and can have an incredible positive impact on the profitability of science jobs. If you’re currently employed in STEM work, or are looking to make the change, and are seeking an MBA with a Data Analytics Certificate, we’re now offering this exciting, one-time $1000 scholarship to help you put your career in the centrifuge. In 500 words or less, tell us how you plan to change your STEM career by applying the best practices of data analytics to the business, and submit your essay with your application above.

The Data in STEM Scholarship is a proud member of the DGLI family of scholarships available to incoming Nichols College graduate students. 

$1000 Change Makers Scholarship

Are you striving to make a change in your career? How about your community? Are you actively thinking about what change means and how it gets done? At Nichols, our goal is to encourage disruptive thinkers and doers just like you, so we’re proud to offer you this exclusive opportunity to make a positive impact on the world with a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward our graduate program. In 500 words or less, tell us how you have or plan on making a difference in your community, career, or to someone’s life. Please submit your essay with the application above.

The Change Makers Scholarship is a proud member of the DGLI family of scholarships available to incoming Nichols College graduate students. 

$1000 Leadership in Healthcare Scholarship

Massachusetts is a leader in healthcare, and we’re living up to the promise of our community by offering this one-time $1,000 scholarship to candidates who are currently carving out a new path in healthcare leadership or are making the change into an exciting new healthcare career. In 500 words or less, please explain what you hope to accomplish during your career in the medical field, and how this scholarship would help accomplish those leadership goals. Please submit your essay with the application above.

The Leadership in Healthcare Scholarship is a proud member of the DGLI family of scholarships available to incoming Nichols College graduate students.

$1000 Safe Communities Scholarship

The Nichols College Master of Science in Counterterrorism is geared toward local law enforcement professionals, with actionable, practical skills that will help you identify and mitigate the growing threat of violent extremism in our communities. As part of our continued commitment to first responders, we’re proud to offer this one-time $1000 scholarship to law enforcement professionals enrolling in the MSC program.  If you’re interested in applying, in 500 words or less, tell us about the impact violent extremism has had on your community and submit it with the application above.

The Safe Communities Scholarship is a proud member of the DGLI family of scholarships available to incoming Nichols College graduate students.

About the Donahue Graduate Leadership Initiative

Ed Donahue ’72 has long contributed to the success of Nichols College. Over the course of his 50-year affiliation, he has served as an honor student helping to organize the Nichols chapter of Delta Mu Delta, class salutatorian, volunteer leader, and benefactor. He was a charter member of the Board of Advisors in 2007 and was elected to the college’s Board of Trustees in 2013. In addition to supporting graduate students, Donahue has established two endowed scholarships for undergraduate commuters who major in accounting or finance and was instrumental is raising money to endow a scholarship in memory of a classmate.

A native of Dudley, Mass., Donahue now resides in Houston, Texas, following a 36-year career in the oil and gas industry, serving as CFO for TransTexas Gas Corp., Elk Resources Inc., and as senior vice president and CFO for Vitruvian Exploration LLC (formerly CDX Gas LLC). He earned a CPA and an MBA in taxation at New York University.

Reach out to learn more.

Text, call, or email Beth Piuze anytime to get the answers you need. Whether you've got questions about affordability, scheduling, work/life balance, or impact, we've been there and we're ready to help. 

Beth Piuze

774-479-2439

beth.piuze@nichols.edu