Resource Links

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts provides a variety of scholarships and interest-free loans to students in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Below are links to some resources you may find helpful for financing your education. The U.S. Department of Education provides online access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority offers admission and financial aid information for students and families. Find an admission or financial seminar at The Educational Opportunity Center of the Valley Opportunity Council provides assistance for the completion of financial aid forms to attend college. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web. It’s comprehensive, it’s informative, it’s objective — and it’s the first stop on the web for students looking for ways to finance their education. University Accounting Services provides account access for Colgan Loan borrowers.

Other Scholarship Opportunities Available Outside the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts 

1)   John F. Moriarty Scholarship:

The John F. Moriarty Scholarship is available to any Hampden County resident admitted to or is attending a certified law school. Applicants must have been residents of Hampden County for at least five years. The scholarship is based on merit and financial need.

2)   Colonel Archer B. Battista Veterans Scholarship:

The Colonel Archer B. Battista Veterans Scholarship is available to any veteran entering or already attending law school in New England. The scholarship is based on merit and financial need.

For more information regarding the application process and deadlines for both of the above awards, please visits

Additional Scholarship Databases

There are a variety of electronic databases to help students find available scholarships both locally and nationally. It is advised that students carefully evaluate each scholarship site as some sites charge fees to apply for scholarships. However, there are many databases in which no fee is charged. The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts does not endorse any one database.