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 young people and adult learners reach their potential.

70% of the Foundation's scholarships are for graduating high school seniors.

The remaining 30% 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 30% are the scholarships that are open to adults who are in college earning their first bachelor's or associate's degree. Only 4% of our scholarships are open to adult students. (If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, and are returning to school for a new degree, you are not eligible.)

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
  Wallace D. and Dorothy M. Andrews Scholarship For African American graduating high school seniors with demonstrated financial need and pursuing a degree in the fields of bioscience, mathematics, engineering or physics.
Adolfo Arrastia Beacon of Light Scholarship For students (including GED-earners) who are members of the Worcester Youth Center.
  Helen and Chuck Arsenault Memorial Scholarship For Leicester High School graduating seniors.
* Auburn Woman's Club Scholarship For Auburn residents of any age.
  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 plan to pursue 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 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 contiguous towns (Grafton, Upton, Mendon, Uxbridge and Sutton) to pursue a career in teaching.
Bruce S. Bennett Fund for Community Journalism To encourage and support young people in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette circulation area in the exploration of careers in journalism. Preference to minority youth.
  Mary Ann Binkoski Scholarship For graduating high school seniors who reside in Worcester, MA and will be pursing a degree in education.
  Mary and John Buckley Memorial Scholarship For financially needy Roman Catholic graduating seniors from Worcester.
  Catherine Burgholzer Memorial Scholarship For an outstanding graduating high school senior who has, or had, a parent with cancer and has demonstrated significant 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.
  The Edward Carien Scholarship For graduating seniors from Doherty High School with preference to students entering the field of accounting.
  The Carrick Foundation Scholarship For outstanding graduating seniors from high schools in Northbridge, Douglas, or Uxbridge.
  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 and current college students 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.
* Cutler Associates, Inc. Scholarship For undergraduates (under the age of 23) who are children of and residing with current employees of Cutler Associates, Inc.
* December 3rd Scholarship For students 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.
  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.
  Richard and Carol Dymek Scholarship For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School.
  Joseph D. Early Scholarship For graduating seniors who reside in Worcester.
  East Brookfield Scholarship For graduating seniors from East Brookfield planning to attend a 4-year college or university.
  Stephen G. Economos Scholar Athlete Scholarship For graduating seniors who have participated in softball for a minimum of 4 years and will be attending 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 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.
* Fairlawn Foundation Robert S. Schedin Scholarship for Health Studies For students in ancillary health care fields (physical therapy, respiratory therapy, lab technician, etc.) studying at a Worcester-area college.
  Mary R. Fedeli Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sterling.
* 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 Worcester to attend a Worcester college.
  Finnish American Social Club Scholarship For graduating seniors of Finnish heritage; especially to study history, political science or economics.
Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club Scholarship For students pursuing a degree in wildlife habitat, fisheries or forestry management; agriculture; environmental law; or wildlife or marine biology at an accredited college or university, with preference to relatives of club members in good standing.
Marilyn M. and Russell J. Fox Scholarship For graduating seniors and current college students to study nursing.
Marilyn M. and Russell J. Fox Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students  For non-traditional students (5 or more years beyond high school) to study nursing.
* Janet Fraser Scholarship For young people who are residents of the town of Medway. Requires an additional essay: Describe a person who embodies the idea of excellence, whom you are inspired by and admire.
  John F. Freeland Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton High School with disabilities.
* Friends of Rutland Heights Hospital Scholarship For students enrolled in a course of study leading to certification and employment in direct patient care, preferably in the Worcester area.
* The Judge William Garbose Memorial Scholarship For residents of Worcester County--with preference to residents of Athol, Royalston, Petersham, Phillipston, and Templeton--to study criminal justice or a related field.
  Derek Gaudette Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from David Prouty High School.
* The General Scholarship For Worcester County residents of any age, with preference to adults and other students who have had a gap between completing high school and entering college.
  Robert P. Goulet Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Tahanto Regional High School with outstanding community service.
* Grantee Agency Scholarship For students who volunteer with, participate in, or are employed by agencies who received a competitive grant from Greater Worcester Community Foundation during the previous year. Requires a letter of nomination from the grantee agency's Executive Director.
  The Grynsel Educational Scholarship For youth who are actively involved in St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough.
* Emil Haddad Memorial Jazz Scholarship For young people (under age 26) to study jazz music at the college level; may include performance, composition, arranging or teaching. Requires a recommendation from a current jazz teacher.
  Joseph F. and Claire L. Halvey Scholarship For graduating seniors with great financial need.
  Marty Hastings Memorial Scholarship For student athletes graduating from Burncoat High School who have participated in multiple varsity sports.
  The 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, especially former students of Mrs. Henrickson or students pursuing a career in education or veterinary medicine.
  Charles Hugo Community Service Award For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School--living in the towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland or Sterling--who have shown a consistent volunteer effort to the Wachusett community and beyond.
  Jenica Lynn Junnila Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Sutton who completed at least two years in the Sutton public school system. Preference for students who demonstrate an interest in art/architecture or landscape architecture/horticulture.
  Deborah A. Kaufman Scholership For graduating Worcester public high school seniors who participated in programs at Friendly House. Preference to those who attended Grafton Street Elementary School for at least one year.
* Lawrence M. and Augusta L. Keeler Scholarship Residents of the town of Northbridge seeking undergraduate education.
* Bradford J. Kemp Scholarship For Webster residents of any age.
* Max H. Kuhner and Eloise A. Kuhner Scholarship For Oakham residents, under the age of 25, to pursue careers in medicine or nursing.
  Leonard F. Leamy Scholarship For graduating seniors intending to major in mathematics or plans to teach mathematics. Preference for students from North High School.
  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 who are residents of Leicester to pursue studies in a health-related field.
* Leicester Savings Bank Fund Scholarship For Leicester residents. Preference for those who have contributed to the Leicester community through involvement in extracurricular activities, work or volunteering.
Lt. Colonel Irving A. and Colonel Marie C. Lepore Scholarship  For students who plan to pursue careers in aviation or aerospace science, with preference to graduating seniors and active Civil Air Patrol cadets. 
  Mark MacPherson Lightbown Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Northbridge High School to study athletics, physical education, or health sciences.
  Lincoln Village Tenants Association Scholarship For graduating seniors who are residents of Lincoln Village in Worcester.
  Mary Falby Logan and Francis Logan, Jr. Scholarship For graduating seniors from Boylston.
* 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 young people from Lunenburg. Requires this additional essay: Describe a person who embodies the idea of excellence, whom you are inspired by and admire.
  Daniel Stephen Lussier Athletic Scholarship For students who have attended Worcester county high schools as well as both Framingham and Natick High Schools. Preference to students concentrating in the area of sports medicine.
L.W.V.O. Memorial Scholarship For students of Lithuanian descent, with preference given to relatives of L.W.V.O. members and to relatives of veterans, to further their education.
  Lieutenant James F. "Jay" Lyons III Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Doherty High School to attend a Worcester college. Preference to those who will attend Clark University or who have been involved with Why Me, Inc.
  Magee Family Education Scholarship For graduating seniors to attend University of Massachusetts Amherst, with preference to those who are the first in their family to attend college.
* Francis F. Mansfield Scholarship For Worcester County students planning to attend specialized schools or 2- or 4-year colleges, with preference to adults and other students who have had a gap between completing high school and entering college.
  Ben P. Masterman Scholarship Fund For graduating high school seniors who have participated in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. 
* Howard J. and Dorothy R. McGuiness Scholarship For students with financial need who are studying nursing at Worcester State College or Quinsigamond Community College.
  Anthony E. Mickunas Scholarship For Worcester High School and Norwood High School seniors to pursue health studies. Preference to Lithuanian students.
* Michael Minty Memorial Scholarship For children of present or deceased members of the Worcester Rugby Football Club.
  Patricia Proko Morris Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Wachusett Regional High School who plan to major in a field of science, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Pre-Med, Nursing, etc.
  Anne Carey Murphy Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from North Brookfield High School to study English or a related field in preparation for becoming a teacher.
  Nichols Academy Marilyn T. and Gerald Fels Scholarship For graduating seniors from Webster or Dudley to attend a Worcester County college.
  Arnold and Sylvia Nylund Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian ancestry.
  Sarah Daniels Pettit and William O. Pettit, Jr. Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester High Schools with financial need.
* Richard W. Pierce Scholarship For high school graduates to study graphic design or commercial art. Applicants must submit 5-7 examples of recent work for review on CD.
  Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. Scholarship For African-American graduating seniors from Worcester County.
  Barbara Marks Rothschild Arts & Education Scholarship For Worcester County graduating seniors from the Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science to pursue studies in education or a field that involves art.
* Ida and Murray Rotman Scholarship For children of employees of Rotman’s Furniture Company and Murida Furniture Company, Inc. to attend an accredited college.
  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 graduating from community college to continue studies at a four-year college; preference for Worcester residents or students attending a Worcester college.
  William J. Short Scholarship For graduating high school seniors in the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and affiliate service area, especially students who have a demonstrated commitment to community service and plan to pursue careers in business or public service.
The Alexander G. Simonatis Scholarship For graduating seniors who are residents of Princeton, MA and attended a public high school.
* Claudia Simonian Scholarship For current or former Sutton High School students to attend college.
  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 School with financial need to pursue a 4-year degree.
* Sylvia Gafvert Stubblebine Scholarship For students of any age from the Worcester area to study instrumental classical music. Requires an audition with Music Worcester, a 5-7 minute movement from a concerto or classical work, on an orchestral instrument or piano. Additional information will be mailed after the scholarship deadline has passed.
  The Summers Family Educational Scholarship For youth who are actively involved in Holy Angels Parish in Upton, MA.
  Swedish National Federation Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian heritage.
  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 a minimum of five years by Christie & Thomson, Inc. or affiliated companies. When there is no eligible Christie & Thomson applicant, a student graduating from Worcester Technical High School seeking to further their education in an automotive field can be considered.
  Sumner B. Tilton Memorial Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester and contiguous towns (Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury, W. Boylston) to attend an outstanding college. Recipients may be eligible for renewal awards for law school.
  Laurie C. Tinsley Scholarship For graduating seniors with financial need due to the death or disability of a parent. Include a statement regarding your family's circumstances.
  Tobin Family Scholarship For African-American graduating seniors from Worcester County.
*      Mark W. Tripp Scholarship  For graduating seniors and current college students who have had cancer, or whose immediate family member has had cancer, or who have experienced the death of an immediate family member from any cause. This award is for study at a 4-year college.
*         Arno and Roberta E. Wagner Scholarship For graduating seniors and current college students who live in Douglas, MA.
  Reginald Washburn Scholarship For graduating seniors who are Worcester residents and are members of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, or Girls, Inc.
  Webster Square Business Association Scholarship For graduating seniors from South Community High School and employees (or family members) of Webster Square Business Association member businesses.
* Leroy Weiner Scholarship For Jewish students with financial need who have performed community service; preference for members of Congregation B’nai Shalom (Westborough) and residents of Westborough, Northborough or Southborough.
* The Paul J. Westberg Memorial Scholarship For Worcester residents 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, Construction, or Management.
Mary Olive Wood Scholarship For graduating seniors from Oxford High School.
* Worcester Latino Coalition Scholarship For Latino youth and adults, particularly those working in health and human services.
  Worcester Swedish Charitable Association Scholarship For graduating seniors of Scandinavian ancestry.
  Worcester Woman’s Club Scholarship For graduating seniors from Worcester public schools who are residents 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.”