John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student’s high school graduation.

In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students in the class of 2015 or earlier must:

  • have scores of Advanced and Proficient on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (at least one score must be Advanced) AND
  • have combined scores on MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

Beginning with the class of 2016, in order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must:

  • score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); AND
  • score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; AND
  • have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.Students are notified if they have won an Adams Scholarship in the fall of their senior year. See the website for eligibility and more information.

The Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction

The Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. Criteria are as follows:

  • Students initially qualify by scoring, at the least, in the Advanced category in English Language Arts or Mathematics and Advanced or Proficient in the other subject area on the grade 10 MCAS assessments.
  • After meeting the initial qualification, students must then pass two additional standardized tests or pass one standardized test and provide documentation of another high academic achievement. A student may pass either two Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a score of 3 or above, two SAT Subject Tests, or one of each. For SAT Subject Tests, the minimum score required depends upon the subject. Please note that either an academic achievement or a college course in which the student earned a “B” or better can be substituted for one of the two required standardized tests.

More detailed information on the Koplik Certificate and a chart comparing the difference between the Adams and Koplik can be found here.

Please see your counselor if you have any questions.