Scholarship Funds

Our Scholarship Program is Possible Thanks to the Generosity of Many Donors

We are grateful to the many generous individuals, families, and businesses from all over Worcester County who created these scholarship funds to help students realize their dreams of higher education.

90% of the Foundation's scholarships are for graduating high school seniors.

The remaining 10% are open both to graduating high school seniors and current college students. These scholarships are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. Included in this 10% are a few scholarships that are open to adults who are in college earning their first bachelor's or associate's degree.  (If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, you are not eligible.)

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
  Wallace D. and Dorothy M. Andrews Scholarship For African-American graduating seniors with financial need who are pursuing a degree in bioscience, mathematics, engineering or physics.
Adolfo Arrastia Beacon of Light Scholarship For graduating high school seniors and GED-earners who are members of the Worcester Youth Center.
Auburn Woman's Club Scholarship For graduating high school seniors from Auburn, MA.
  AVID North Scholarship For graduating seniors from North High School who participated in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program for four years.            
  Dennis Elroy Barry Memorial Scholarship  For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in social services, counseling/psychiatry, or public interest law, with preference to students whose extracurriculars have included service to low-income and/or immigrant families.
  Belmont Street Community School Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester's 01605 zip code, with preference to students who attended Belmont Street Community School (for one or more years, including 6th grade) and plan to pursue a career in a health field.
  Loretta J. Belval Scholarship For female graduating seniors from Northbridge and its surrounding towns (Grafton, Upton, Mendon, Uxbridge and Sutton) to pursue a career in teaching.
  Bruce S. Bennett Fund for Community Journalism For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in journalism, with preference to minority youth.
  Mary Ann Binkoski Scholarship For graduating seniors from the city of Worcester who are pursuing a degree in education.
  Patricia A. and Robert M. Bourke Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Auburn High School, with preference to those who plan to major in specific subjects, including electrical engineering, music and pre-veterinary studies.
  Mary and John Buckley Memorial Scholarship For financially needy Roman Catholic graduating seniors from the city of Worcester.
  Catherine Burgholzer Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors who have, or had, a parent with cancer and have a strong record of community service, with preference to students from Shrewsbury High School.
  William P. and Carolyn C. Cannon Scholarship For graduating seniors from Millbury High School to attend a four-year college or university.
  Edward Carien Scholarship For graduating seniors from Doherty High School, with preference to students entering the field of accounting.
  Carrick Foundation Scholarship For graduating seniors from Northbridge, Douglas, and Uxbridge high schools with outstanding academic achievement.
  Charlton Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship For graduating seniors from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School and Shepherd Hill Regional High School. Students must be residents of Charlton and have attended Charlton public K-8 schools for five years.
  Class of Tomorrow Scholarship For graduating seniors who have demonstrated significant community service and/or school leadership, with preference to applicants who do not qualify for any other scholarships held by the foundation.
  Mary Connolly Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School.
  Robert P. Currie Scholarship For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in business, with preference to students who have been involved in community service and have had part-time employment.
* Cutler Associates, Inc. Scholarship For undergraduates (under the age of 23) who are children of, and residing with, current employees of Cutler Associates, Inc. or Cutler Design, Inc.
  Kelly A. Davis Memorial Scholarship For female graduating seniors from Grafton High School who play varsity sports and have strong academic performance.
December 3rd Scholarship For graduating seniors who are children of current, disabled, or deceased City of Worcester firefighters or police officers.
  Santo J. and Ellen M. DiDonato Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Bartlett High School and Shepherd Hill Regional High School who are well-rounded students and have financial need.
  Steve Drawbridge Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School who have played ice hockey for WRHS (JV or Varsity) or for any other team or organization sanctioned by Massachusetts Hockey.
  John and Fran Duke Scholarship For graduating seniors from St. Mary's High School or South High Community School in Worcester, with preference to students who excel in English or Math.
  Richard and Carol Dymek Scholarship For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School.
  Joseph D. Early Scholarship For graduating seniors from the city of Worcester who are African-American or Latino/Hispanic.
  East Brookfield Scholarship For graduating seniors from East Brookfield to attend a 4-year college or university.
  Stephen G. Economos Scholar Athlete Scholarship For female graduating seniors who have played softball for a minimum of 4 years and will attend a 4-year college.
  Jeffrey S. Edinberg Memorial Scholarship For Worcester public high school graduating seniors.
  Elm Park Community School Scholarship For graduating seniors or GED-earners who completed two years at Elm Park Community School.
Emanuel's Empowerment Scholarship

For students who are transferring from a 2-year college to a 4-year college and have overcome personal challenges and achieved academic success through motivation, hard work and persistence, with preference to adult students.

  John N. Engelsted Scholarship For female graduating seniors to study engineering.
  Fred and Leona Eppinger Scholarship For graduating seniors from David Prouty High School to attend a 4-year college or university.
Fairlawn Foundation Robert S. Schedin Scholarship for Health Studies For graduating seniors are pursuing a career in ancillary health care (physical therapy, respiratory therapy, lab technician, etc.) at a Worcester-area college or university.
  Mary R. Fedeli Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sterling, with preference to students from Wachusett Regional High School and students pursuing a career in business.
* Anita and Nathaniel A. Feingold Scholarship For undergraduates who are children or grandchildren of current employees of the Feingold Companies.
  Norma and Saul F. Feingold Scholarship For graduating seniors from the city of Worcester to attend a Worcester college or university.
  Finnish American Social Club Scholarship For graduating seniors of Finnish descent, with preference to students who will major in history, political science or economics.
Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club Scholarship For students from northern Worcester County who are pursuing a degree in wildlife habitat, fisheries or forestry management; agriculture; environmental law; or wildlife/marine biology, with preference to relatives of Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club members.
  Marilyn M. and Russell J. Fox Scholarship For graduating seniors who are pursuing a nursing career.
Janet Fraser Scholarship For graduating seniors from Medway, MA.
  John F. Freeland Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School who have a physical, mental or emotional disability.
Friends of Rutland Heights Hospital Scholarship For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in direct patient care, with preference to students who will work in or near the city of Worcester.
Judge William Garbose Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in criminal justice, with preference to residents of Athol, Royalston, Petersham, Phillipston, and Templeton.
  Derek Gaudette Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from David Prouty High School.
  Robert P. Goulet Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Tahanto Regional High School with a strong record of community service.
Grantee Agency Scholarship For graduating seniors who volunteer with, participate in, or are employed by an organization that received a competitive grant from Greater Worcester Community Foundation during the previous year. Requires a letter of nomination from the grantee organization's Executive Director.
  Grynsel Educational Scholarship For graduating seniors who are actively involved in St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough.
Emil Haddad Memorial Jazz Scholarship For graduating seniors to study jazz music at the college level (may include performance, composition, arranging or teaching).
  Joseph F. and Claire L. Halvey Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester County with great financial need.
  Marty Hastings Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Burncoat High School who have played multiple varsity sports.
  Hedin Family Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Auburn High School to attend a 4 year college, with preference to those preparing for a career in teaching. Must be a resident of Auburn and have attended Auburn High School for at least three years.
  Maureen Henrickson Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School, with preference to students pursuing a career in education or veterinary medicine.
  Charles Hugo Community Service Award For graduating seniors from Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland or Sterling who have shown a consistent volunteer effort to the Wachusett community.
  Jenica Lynn Junnila Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School, with preference to students interested in visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture or horticulture.  Must be a resident of Sutton and have completed at least 2 years in the Sutton public school system.
  Deborah A. Kaufman Scholership For graduating seniors from Worcester public high schools who have participated in programs at Friendly House, with preference to students who attended Grafton Street Elementary School for at least one year.
Lawrence M. and Augusta L. Keeler Scholarship For graduating seniors from Northbridge, MA.
Bradford J. Kemp Scholarship For graduating seniors from Webster, MA.
Max H. Kuhner and Eloise A. Kuhner Scholarship For graduating seniors from Oakham and surrounding towns who are pursuing careers in medicine or nursing.
  Leonard F. Leamy Scholarship For graduating seniors who will major in mathematics or actuarial science, with preference to students from North High School and to students planning to become math teachers.
  Leicester High School Football Alumni Scholarship For graduating seniors from Leicester High School who have played football for at least two years.
Leicester Samaritan Nursing Association Scholarship For graduating seniors from Leicester who are pursuing a career in a health-related field.
Leicester Savings Bank Scholarship For graduating seniors from Leicester, with preference to those who have contributed to the Leicester community through volunteer work and/or employment.
  Lt. Colonel Irving A. and Colonel Marie C. Lepore Scholarship  For graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in aviation or aerospace science, with preference to active Civil Air Patrol cadets. 
  Mark MacPherson Lightbown Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Northbridge High School to study physical education or exercise science.
  Lincoln Village Tenants Association Scholarship For graduating seniors who are residents of Lincoln Village Apartments in Worcester, MA.
  Mary Falby Logan and Francis Logan, Jr. Scholarship For graduating seniors from Boylston, MA.
* Mary Sahagen Lonstein Scholarship For graduating seniors and current college students who are actively involved in St. Mary's Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church (located in Worcester, MA) and whose parents have been members of the church, in good standing, for three or more years.
Lunenburg Opportunity Fund Scholarship For graduating seniors from Lunenburg, MA.
  Daniel Stephen Lussier Athletic Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester County high schools and from Framingham and Natick High Schools who are pursuing a career in sports medicine, physical therapy or athletic training.
  L.W.V.O. Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors of Lithuanian descent, with preference to relatives of L.W.V.O. members and to relatives of veterans.
  Lieutenant James F. "Jay" Lyons III Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Doherty High School to attend a Worcester college, with preference to students who will attend Clark University or who have been involved with Why Me, Inc.
  Magee Family Education Scholarship For graduating seniors to attend UMASS Amherst, with preference to students who are the first in their family to attend college.
  Ben P. Masterman Scholarship Fund For graduating seniors who are members of the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. 
  Anthony E. Mickunas Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester high schools and Norwood High School who are pursuing careers in health care, with preference to Lithuanian students.
* Michael Minty Memorial Scholarship For children of current or deceased members of the Worcester Rugby Football Club, with preference to students who play rugby themselves.
  Patricia Proko Morris Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School who plan to major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Pre-Med or Nursing.
  Anne Carey Murphy Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from North Brookfield High School.
  Nichols Academy Marilyn T. and Gerald Fels Scholarship For graduating seniors from Webster or Dudley to attend a college or university in Worcester County.
  Arnold and Sylvia Nylund Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian descent.
  Sarah Daniels Pettit and William O. Pettit, Jr. Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester public high schools with financial need.
Richard W. Pierce Scholarship For graduating seniors to study art or graphic design.
  Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. Scholarship For African-American graduating seniors from Worcester County.
  Barbara Marks Rothschild Arts & Education Scholarship For graduating seniors from the Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science who have been involved in the arts and/or education.
* Ida and Murray Rotman Scholarship For children of employees of Rotman’s Furniture Company and Murida Furniture Company, Inc.
  Doris Salzer Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors who plan to study psychology in college, with preference to students attending Clark University. 
* Herbert D. Sherwin Memorial Scholarship For students who are transferring from a 2-year college to a 4-year college and are enrolled full-time, with preference to residents of the city of Worcester and students attending a Worcester college.
  William J. Short Scholarship For graduating seniors who live in a town served by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce or its affiliates, with preference to students who are pursuing careers in business or public service.
Alexander G. Simonatis Scholarship For graduating seniors from Princeton, MA who attend a public high school.
Claudia Simonian Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School.
  John J. Simpson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Doherty Memorial High School.
  Arthur J. Smith and Dorothy G. Smith Scholarship For graduating seniors from South High Community School who have financial need and will attend a 4-year college or university.
Francine "Doc" Smith Scholarship For graduating seniors who have had cancer, or whose immediate family member has had cancer, with preference to students majoring in science and/or education.
  Summers Family Educational Scholarship For graduating seniors who are actively involved in St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Upton, MA.
  Swedish National Federation Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian descent.
  Tahanto Regional High School Scholarship For graduating seniors from Tahanto Regional High School.
  Kathleen Terry Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Tantasqua Regional High School who reside in Brimfield, Brookfield, Fiskdale, Holland, Sturbridge, or Wales.
Robert Thomson Scholarship For children and grandchildren of individuals who were employed for at least five years by Christie & Thomson, Inc. or affiliated companies. When there is no eligible Christie & Thomson applicant, students graduating from Worcester Technical High School seeking to further their education in Automotive Technology are considered.
  Sumner B. Tilton Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester and contiguous towns (Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury, and West Boylston) to attend an outstanding college.
  Laurie C. Tinsley Scholarship For graduating seniors with financial need due to the death or disability of a parent.
  Tobin Family Scholarship For African-American graduating seniors from the city of Worcester.
*      Mark W. Tripp Scholarship  For graduating seniors and current college students who have had cancer, or whose immediate family member has had cancer, to attend a 4-year college.
         Arno and Roberta E. Wagner Scholarship For graduating seniors from Douglas, MA.
  Reginald Washburn Scholarship For graduating seniors from the city of Worcester who are members of Girls, Inc,. or the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.
  Webster Square Business Association Scholarship For graduating seniors from South High Community School and employees (or family members) of Webster Square Business Association member businesses.
* Leroy Weiner Scholarship For Jewish students from Northborough, Southborough or Westborough, with preference to members of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough.
Paul J. Westberg Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from the city of Worcester who are pursing a career in criminal justice.
Leonard H. White Scholarship For children, stepchildren, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren of employees of the R.H. White Companies, Milford Water or Whitinsville Water, with preference to those whose relative has worked for the company for 5 or more years. Applicants are only eligible up to age 24. Preference is also given to students majoring in business, engineering or construction.
Mary Olive Wood Scholarship For graduating seniors from Oxford High School.
* Worcester Latino Coalition Scholarship For graduating high school seniors and adult students of Latino/Hispanic descent, with preference to students working in, or pursuing a career in, a health care field.
  Worcester Swedish Charitable Association Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian descent.
  Worcester Woman’s Club Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester public high schools who are residents of the city of Worcester.

“I wanted to be a graphic designer since I was 12 years old,” says Alexis, a recipient of a Richard W. Pierce Scholarship and a Grantee Agency Scholarship who started attending House of Peace & Education in Gardner as a child. “HOPE made me who I am: a strong independent leader. Now, at college, I’m where I’m supposed to be. I love every minute of it.”