Click here for a fun fact.Marion C. Smyth founded the Smyth Trust in 1949 in memory of her husband Frederick Smyth, former governor of the State of New Hampshire from 1865 to 1867. In addition, Mr. Smyth was a four term Mayor of the City of Manchester from 1852 to 1854 and again from 1863 to 1864. Mayor Smyth was instrumental in the planning of Manchester's municipal infrastructure. Many of the decisions he made as mayor are still with us today including building the city's first highways, providing the city's first water and sewer systems, building the city's first sidewalks, lighting our streets and his idea to plant trees along our streets to provide shade and maintaining the natural beauty of our city.

Mrs. Smyth stated in her will: " This institute is established not only for the cultural benefit of the citizens of Manchester and the State of New Hampshire, but also for the purpose of giving aid and encouragement to the deserving youth of Manchester and adjacent towns who lack adequate financial means of increasing their knowledge in the field of music". Although it was her original intent that an institute of music be established physically at her Manchester home, known as the "Willows", through the years and with subsequent court approval, the Trustees decided not to build an actual institute but rather to commit the Trust resources toward the financial support of her intended beneficiaries. The Smyth Trust provides scholarships for Greater Manchester students pursuing college degrees in music, annual operating grants for New Hampshire music education and performing organizations, and under special circumstances, capital grants for such organizations.

1. Residents of Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, Goffstown, Merrimack, Amherst, Derry,
    Londonderry, Auburn, Candia, Litchfield or other nearby communities who are attending
    a Manchester area High School.
2. Your declared major must be music.
3. You must show a financial need for the scholarship.
4. You must maintain a satisfactory grade average level to continue receiving the
    scholarship on a full-time basis.
5. On occasion, special exceptions have been made for students that do not fit the
    traditional guidelines but are otherwise worthy.

At present, Smyth scholars will receive $1,000 in tuition assistance for each semester he or she is enrolled as a full-time student majoring in  music. The student may receive $8,000 over the course of four years. This money can only be used to offset the cost of tuition and will be paid directly to the attending college. For each semester the student must provide the Trust with a copy of their grades and most recent tuition bill. The scholarship amounts are subject to change from time to time.

You can download an application here: (application page 1/2, application page 3/4) please submit all four pages of the application. To request an application by mail call or write Pauline Charpentier at the address below or by clicking below to send a request by e-mail. Deadline to submit the completed application is June 1st for the Fall Semester. Any applications submitted after June 1st will not be considered until the following year. Scholarships are not retroactive.

Click here to read an article, published by The Union Leader, about how the Smyth Trust benefits multiple recipients with scholarship awards and underwrites music-oriented organizations throughout New Hampshire.

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