YES! program now offering universal tutoring scholarships
CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHED) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, it is launching its Yes, Every Student (YES!) scholarship program.
The YES! scholarship program is designed to help families and residents whose education was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by awarding $1,000 tutoring scholarships to New Hampshire students, which includes public, non-public, home education and Education Freedom Account students.
“Although it has been two years since the start of the pandemic, some students may still feel that they are not meeting their desired academic performance,” said Frank Edelblut, commissioner of education. “These scholarships will be used to help children that may have experienced disrupted learning, and provide them with individualized tutoring and support to target their unique educational needs. New Hampshire will continue to find innovative and useful ways to help children recover from missed learning, including initiatives such as the Yes! program.”
The scholarships may be used for tutoring provided by certified New Hampshire educators, as well as special education therapies and services provided by certified New Hampshire special education teachers or licensed therapists. About $2.3 million in funding from the federal Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act will be used to award the scholarships.
Last year, during our first round of scholarships, nearly $1.9 million was awarded to almost 500 recipients for tutoring and other needs. Although there were financial eligibility requirements last year, this year’s round of funding is universal and available to any school-age student who resides in the state, regardless of their family’s income level.