Apply To FSU

Complete the application for admission with required credentials by February 15.

Apply for the Mancuso Scholarship

Complete the Mancuso Scholarship application by February 15.

We, then, are the humanities - humans attempting to record our human experiences through exploration, interpretation, and assessment and then struggling, often mightily, to understand those experiences and create new meaning. "
Halcyon Mancuso, Founder of the Mancuso Scholarships
Mancuso and Students in front of May Hall

These four-year renewable scholarships provide support for 100% of Day Division tuition, fees, and room and board for Mancuso Scholars for up to eight total semesters (excludes Continuing Education and summer coursework at FSU). In order to foster a shared financial investment in baccalaureate studies, these scholarships do not include cost of books, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.

Mancuso Scholars must:

  • Apply as a high school senior, U.S. Citizen, and graduate from a Massachusetts high school;
  • Apply to the English major or specified FSU Humanities major on the application for admissions (see eligible majors below);
  • Have at least a 3.5 recalculated high school GPA at time of application;
  • Enroll as and maintain continuous enrollment in either the English major (for the Mancuso English Scholarship) or one of the specified Humanities majors (for the Mancuso Humanities Scholarship). Mancuso English Scholars may not change their major; however Mancuso Humanities Scholars may change their majors as long as they select an eligible major that aligns with their specific Mancuso Scholarship; 
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the FSU Financial Aid Office (FAFSA must be filed);
  • Report receipt of outside scholarships to the FSU Financial Aid Office. If a student receives an outside scholarship, the Mancuso Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of the other scholarship(s). The intention is that the students receive full tuition, fees, room and board for four academic years at FSU;
  • Demonstrate strong “studentship” skills, habits of mind, critical thinking skills, and writing ability.

In order to apply, students must:

  • Complete the application for admission with required credentials by February 15.
  • Complete the Mancuso Scholarship application by February 15.
  • Provide two recommendations by February 15. One recommendation from a high school counselor and one recommendation from either a high school English teacher (for the English Scholarship) or other teacher in a humanities area (for the Humanities Scholarship) who taught the student either during junior or senior year; an English teacher recommendation may also serve for a Humanities Scholarship application.
  • Submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.

NOTE: Students will receive a scholarship selection decision by April 1. Selected students who choose to enroll at FSU must submit their FAFSA by March 1 each year.

English Scholarship-Eligible Majors

Meet the Benefactor

Halcyon Mancuso was an instructor with Framingham State’s English Department from 2000 – 2021.  She currently serves as mentor for Mancuso Scholars and is the Executive Director of the Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center.


Halcyon Macuso