Community Partners

Across the country, high schools have learned when they reach out to and work with the community they are more effective in increasing the number of college FAFSA applications and increasing postsecondary access. In writing the application, we talked with many community partners who are already helping students and others who want to help more students and their families with the FAFSA and other applications to support and increase postsecondary access here in Manchester.


Manchester School District

Lead applicant, superintendent, administrators, principals, guidance counselors, teachers, as well as information technology department, federal projects department, English learner department, student services, 21st CCLC afterschool program, public relations will all participate.


Allie Joseph, executive director, runs school-to-work program at Central High. Working with targeted demographic.

University of New Hampshire Manchester

Lead partner, Financial Aid Office will develop training for MSD guidance counselors, identify student ambassadors, oversee College Access Teams for high schools, host meetings, and workshops for students on campus.

The organizations have agreed to partner in the implementation of this project.  We will work together and coordinate   resources to extend services to reach more students. If you would like to partner with us, please contact us.



Boys and Girls Club of Manchester

Ken Neil, chief operating officer.  Shirley Tomlinson, teen director, organized a d2D (Diplomas to Degrees) College Access Workshop in June at SNHU.

Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School

Becky Berk, runs a program for promising middle school students whose opportunities are limited, many will be first-generation college attendees.

Center for Community and Engaged Learning, SNHU

Elizabeth Richards, director, partners with the community to increase college access.

Downtown Manchester YMCA

Leslee Stewart, partners with MSD on a variety of projects to support underserved learners in Manchester.

Granite United Way BRING-IT!

Jodi Harper, runs an afterschool program for students in Grades 4-12. Targets the underserved.

Granite United Way VITA (volunteer income tax assistance),

Cary Gladstone, director, assists low-income families with income tax preparation.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Mike Skelton, CEO

Holy Cross Family Learning Center

Sr. Jacqueline Verville, executive director, provides continuing; responding to the needs of Manchester’s growing immigrant and refugee population. Will use its resources to help spread the word to families served..

Manchester City Library

Dee Santoso, librarian, have FAFSA applications available and they have helped students and families with applications.

Manchester Community College

Susan Huard, president; offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, student-centered, and accessible community college.

 Lindsay Conway, counselor, assists prospective students, current students, and the public can stop by for workshops (college applications and financial aid), book groups or to learn more about Manchester Community College.

NH Catholic Charities

Mary Ann Fraser, community partner that supports students in IDAs (individual development account) for college access. When the IDA application is approved, the student has 31 days to put $500 into an account where it will be matched 8:1 for tuition in the following semester. Students can use IDA accounts to attend postsecondary education at an institution accredited by the US Government.

NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation

Tori Berube, assists students in college access

NH Institute of Art

Kent Devereaux, president; Karen Mayeu, chairperson design, is facilitating the ManchFAF$A logo contest.


Katie Dichard, director, runs school-to-work program at Memorial and West High Schools. Working with targeted demographic.

Saint Anselm College Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Access Academy

Dan Forbes, director; on the Saint Anselm College campus for immigrant, refugee, and underrepresented high school students, designed to help students gain skills for high school success and information and support for college access.

University of New Hampshire, Educational Talent Search

Debora McCann, prepares academically qualified limited income, first generation NH youth to complete secondary school and enroll in and complete a program of postsecondary education.