Scholarships Available for Those Seeking Higher Education

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is now accepting applications to award roughly $2 million in scholarships and interest-free loans for local students planning to pursue education at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The online application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Over 100 funds will provide awards considering academic merit and financial need. Scholarships range from $500 to $8,000, and students may also apply for interest-free loans of up to $3,000.  Many funds support students with special interests in areas including academics, athletics, and music.  Other scholarships support specific geographic areas, ethnicities and religious affiliations.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded over $2 million in scholarships and loans to 750 individuals.  This included 864 awards totaling $1.5 million to Hampden County residents, 73 awards totaling $118,500 for Franklin County residents, and 185 awards totaling $301,950 to Hampshire county residents.

Access to these scholarship and loans can be achieved through completing the online application available at  All supporting materials must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts supports charitable work in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.  For more information about the Community Foundation, please call (413) 732-2858 or visit