Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

The cost of a college education is continually increasing, and places a significant financial burden on a student and their family.  Each year, students with the grit and determination to secure a post-secondary education are priced out of the higher education market.  This is where ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars comes in.  We provide supplemental scholarship funds to young people who have both a financial need and a life challenge impacting their ability to continue their education.


Our organization raises funds each year to award to young people graduating from the ConVal school district. This year we have chosen three students, awarding scholarships of over $10,000. We also send a junior from ConVal High School to the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer Enhancement Program each year and cover the cost of their participation.


Not only do we help to alleviate the financial burden for our scholarship recipients, we also provide moral support by assigning a mentor who helps guide the scholarship recipients through the transition from high school to college and beyond.  Our organization takes a great deal of pride in the students we support.  Our volunteers contribute time and effort to raise needed funds to support our overall goal of awarding scholarships to deserving students.


We could not do this without your assistance.  The people, the businesses and the local service clubs have been extremely generous throughout the years.  As we make our way through this particularly challenging time, we are hopeful you will consider a donation to this very worthy cause, turning the dream of a post-secondary education into a reality for students in our local community.  Please join me in donating, because an educated community benefits us all.


I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful and worthwhile organization, and I am amazed at what our scholarship awardees are accomplishing, with your support.


Laura Gourlay

President, ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars

Peterborough, NH