The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1972 by the Massachusetts State Legislature to recruit students in the 10th and 11th grades whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attain educational goals. The students that are selected for this program must have overcome major adversity in their lives (i.e. physical or mental abuse catastrophic illness etc.) Obstacles may be mental physical geographic or societal. Massachusetts students who demonstrate academic promise and desire to attend post-secondary institutions may receive up to 50 percent of their calculated need at the college of their choice within the continental United States.