Scholarship & Loan Descriptions

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers over 125 scholarships and 2 interest free educational loans.  Students who apply to the program may be eligible for many of these funds.  When a student completes the online application the CFWM will determine all funds for which a student may be eligible.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Albert S. and Anna E. Adams Scholarship Fund 
Graduates of Westfield High School

African American Achievement Scholarship
African American residents of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, who attend four-year colleges and have participated in extracurricular activities

Arrighi Memorial Scholarship
Residents of Greenfield to pursue education at the college level, post-graduate level or any trade or professional school beyond high school who have been involved in leadership or extracurricular activities

Donald A. and Dorothy F. Axtell Grant Scholarship
Protestant students from Hampshire county

Christine Balch Memorial Scholarship
Hampden county residents attending medical school

Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship
Holyoke residents who are graduating seniors from Holyoke high schools studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college

Luther A. and Evelyn L. Belden Memorial Scholarship Fund
Graduating high school seniors who are residents of Hatfield or graduating seniors of Smith Academy

Florence Blish Scholarship
Residents of Agawam who attend four-year colleges

Joseph Bonfitto Scholarship
Graduating seniors from Agawam High School; preference to those studying creative design, advertising or the arts

Shelley N. Bourque Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Belchertown High School enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education

Barbara Holcomb Braem Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Westfield High School; preference to those pursuing degrees in a business related field

Kevin Bresnahan Memorial Scholarship
Graduates of Holyoke High School involved in extracurricular activities; preference to those pursuing music, especially jazz or blues

Ruth L. Brocklebank Memorial Scholarship
African American graduates of Springfield public high schools

Deborah Brodeur Foley Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham pursuing nursing or an allied health field who have participated in extracurricular activities

Caleb L. Butler Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), formerly the Department of Social Services (DSS); preference to former or current residents of Hillcrest Educational Center

Permelia A. Butterfield Scholarship
Orphan children, under 21 years of age, who are residents of Warwick, Erving, New Salem, Wendell, Orange, Shutesbury or other towns within Franklin county

Raymond E. Carr Scholarship 
Students attending American International College, Elms College, Springfield College, Western New England University or Westfield State University

Stanley Ciejek Sr. Scholarship
Residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties

Eric Clayton Hockey Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton or Westhampton; preference to those with ice hockey involvement

Ronald A. Copes Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Springfield, MA or Hartford, CT who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have participated in extracurricular activities

Liliana Marie Cordes Scholarship
Residents of Hampshire county who are studying music; preference to graduating high school seniors who are residents of South Hadley

Lee S. Crabtree Scholarship
Graduates from a Springfield high school to pursue a college education while majoring in music; preference will be given to a student from Springfield Central High School or Springfield High School of Science and Technology

Carol Craig Scholarship 
Residents of Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties

William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties

John DiNapoli Memorial Charitable Scholarship
Hampden county high school seniors; preference will be given to residents of Holyoke

Louis W. and Mary S. Doherty Scholarship
Residents of Hampden county

David “Davey” Duggan Memorial Scholarship
Graduating seniors from Holyoke high schools who have excelled academically and athletically

First Sergeant Kevin Dupont Memorial Scholarship Fund
Graduates of Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School; preference to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities and/or community service

Carlos B. Ellis Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield High School of Commerce enrolled full-time at a two or four-year college leading to an undergraduate degree

Craig M. Epstein Memorial Scholarship
Graduating seniors from Longmeadow High School who participated in either football or track and field, and who best exemplify the high academic standards and the team ideals which best represent Craig Epstein’s core values

Diana & Leon Feffer Scholarship
Residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties

Ann Ferguson Women and Gender Studies Scholarship
Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees or certificates in women and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Richard E. Fiore Memorial Scholarship
Residents of Southwick who have participated in extracurricular activities and plan to further their education at the post-secondary level or any trade or professional school beyond high school

First National Bank of Amherst Centennial Educational Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Amherst Regional High School, Hopkins Academy and Northampton High School; members of the senior class at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; undergraduates at Hampshire College

William J. and Mary Fitzsimmons Dean Scholarship
Graduates of William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

Heriberto Flores Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield Technical Community College or Holyoke Community College of Puerto Rican ancestry, from Hampden or Hampshire counties, who plan to attend Massachusetts institutions of higher education and have been involved in nonacademic activities

John M. Flynn Family Scholarship Fund 
High school graduates living in the cities of Hampden or East Longmeadow at the time of their graduation from high school; preference for students who have demonstrated involvement in public service

Franklin County Education Fund
Residents of Franklin County

Jeffrey I. Glaser, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Longmeadow High School who excel in academics and swimming

Nicholas G. Grass Scholarship
Athletes graduating from Holyoke High School who best exemplify the high academic and athletic ideals which Nicholas Grass represented

Kenneth B. and Adeline J. Graves Scholarship
Residents of Granby, MA

Helen Hamilton Scholarship Fund
For students pursuing degrees in social services, housing studies, urban design and other related fields; preference to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service

Hellespont Society Scholarship Fund
Graduates of Greek descent who attend a two or four-year college; preference to descendants of past Hellespont Society Members

Gertrude and William C. Hill Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield Central High School; preference to students majoring in liberal arts

Horace Hill Scholarship
Children and grandchildren of the members of the Springfield Newspapers’ 25–Year Club who have participated in extracurricular activities

Elizabeth M. Huller Scholarship Fund
Graduates of Central High School in Springfield, MA

Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship
University of Massachusetts students who have been Holyoke residents for ten years or longer; preference to students of the Roman Catholic faith

Richard W. and Florence B. Irwin Scholarship
Residents of Northampton attending law school

Frank W. Jendrysik Jr. Memorial, Scholarship
Residents of Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield who participated in extracurricular activities

Markus J. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Graduates of a Springfield public high school and students attending Springfield Technical Community College

Jane A. and Vincent S. Korzeniowski Memorial Scholarship
Residents of Chicopee; preference to graduates of Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School

James B. Krumsiek Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Cathedral High School and Longmeadow High School who are active in athletics and exhibit academic achievement

Fred K. Lane Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors who are past or current members (individual or family) or employees of the Orchards Golf Course in South Hadley

Latino Breakfast Club Scholarship
Graduating Latino high school seniors from Hampden county

Latino Scholarship
Graduating Latino high school students in Hampden and Hampshire counties who are family and/or community service oriented

Jacqueline A. Lavallee Scholarship Fund
Graduates of Ware High School who are pursuing an undergraduate education; preference to those who exhibit a strong work ethic as demonstrated by community service, employment or academic effort

Jessie M. Law Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield Central High School who wish to obtain a college education

Edward A. and Shirley B. Livi Scholarship 
Residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties who are pursuing fine or performing arts beyond their freshman year

MacGeachey Minarik Scholarship
Students who have resided in Monson for two years; preference to graduates of Monson High School or Pathfinder Regional High School

Stuart D. Mackey Scholarship
Graduates of East Longmeadow High School who have strong academic records

MacIntyre Family Scholarship Fund 
Residents of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties; preference to Holyoke residents

John P. and James F. Mahoney Memorial Scholarship
Residents of Northampton

Captain John Maloney Memorial Scholarship
Residents of Hampden county with at least one scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior from Chicopee High School

Mary Alby Markel Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Springfield Central High School pursuing the sciences

Edward C., Mary and Paul Marth Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from St. Mary’s High School in Westfield pursuing nursing or an allied health field

MassMutual Scholarship

The MassMutual Scholarship is available to a student who meets the following criteria:

  1. Resident of Springfield, MA or Enfield, CT
  2. Graduating high school senior enrolled in specific Business and Information Technology majors
  3. High School GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Attends a two or four-year college in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont

 

Renewability:

Recipients of the MassMutual Scholarship may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to three more consecutive years so long as they continue to meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a cumulative college GPA of B- or higher as defined by the college or university the student attends
  2. Attend a two or four-year college in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont

 

Note: Students renewing their scholarship must reapply each year and provide a copy of their academic transcript, showing final grades for the spring semester with their application

 

  • Deadline for renewing this scholarship is July 15, 2017

 

Clarence H. Matteson Scholarship
Residents of Greenfield, who have participated in extracurricular activities

William T. Maunsell Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Westfield High School, Westfield Technical High Academy or St. Mary’s High School in Westfield, MA who have average grades and are pursuing degrees in education, criminal justice, or nursing

George H. McDonnell Scholarship
South Hadley residents who are graduating high school seniors from South Hadley High School studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college

George H. and Margaret B. McDonnell Family Scholarship
Graduates of Holyoke Catholic High School pursuing a career in social work or an allied health field

Nate McKinney Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Gateway Regional High School who excel academically and have an interest in music, science or athletics

Ida Miller Scholarship
Residents of the Shelburne Falls Fire District in Franklin county

Theodore P. (Ted) Minor Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Chicopee high schools to pursue higher education

Christine Mitus Rose Memorial Scholarship
Students who have a deceased parent; preference to those who have lost a parent to cancer

Eleanor M. Morrissey Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties pursuing a career in nursing

Mt. Sugarloaf Lodge Memorial Scholarship
Graduates of Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship 
Graduating high school seniors from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who have a deceased parent or have a parent receiving social security disability benefits, and who have participated in extracurricular activities

James Z. Naurison Scholarship
Residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties or the towns of Enfield or Suffield, CT

Margaret E. O’Donnell and Agnes K. O’Donnell Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Northampton High School and Smith Vocational High School; students attending Elms College; students attending Fitchburg State College majoring in education

William J. (Bill) and Loretta M. O’Neil Scholarship
Residents from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties pursuing English, journalism or a related field

Victor, Margaret and Joseph Victor Paier Scholarship
Residents of West Springfield

Karen Panaccione and Kristine Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Residents of Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties pursuing nursing

Frederick W. Porter Scholarship
Graduates of Greenfield High School

Gertrude G. Rapp Scholarship 
Graduates of Gateway Regional High School who have resided for two years in the geographic area serviced by the Gateway Regional School District. Eligible applicants will be graduates from the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Anthony A. Renaud Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Hampden county who have a deceased parent; preference to those who have lost a parent to heart disease

Jacob and Celia Richmond 
Residents of Hampden county attending law school

Kimber Richter Family Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors of the Baha’i faith from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire counties who excel in citizenship or extracurricular activities

Rintoul Family Fund
Residents from Hampden or Hampshire counties attending a two or four-year college, studying agriculture or other related majors

Kenneth C. Robinson/Greater Springfield Accountants Scholarship
Undergraduate students residing in Massachusetts or Hartford County who  have completed their sophomore year of college and are pursuing accounting or finance

Rotary Club of Holyoke Scholarship
Residents of Holyoke, South Hadley or Granby, MA pursuing an undergraduate degree

Anthony and Madeline Sampson Kapinos Scholarship
Graduates of Chicopee High School who have demonstrated financial need

Seelig Family Scholarship Fund
Graduates of Putnam Vocational Technical High School studying STEM (science, technology, engineering or science)

September 11th Remembrance Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors who reside in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties

Dr. John V. Shea, Jr., Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield high schools who participate in extracurricular activities

Philip W. Sheridan-Tighe and Bond Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Hampden or Hampshire counties who will be studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college

Connie Celeste Sherman Memorial Scholarship
Students from Hampden county

James L. Shriver Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties who pursue a technical career through higher education including college, trade school or technical school and have participated in extracurricular activities

Michael A. Smiarowski Memorial Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Turners Falls High School. One scholarship awarded to the class Salutatorian and one to a student with average grades who contributes to the community and has good character and judgment

Springfield Teachers Club Scholarship
Residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties who are graduates of Springfield, MA public high schools

Steiger Family Scholarship
Graduates of Springfield Central High School

Lucius H. & Dorothy J. Tarbell Scholarship 
Students attending Western New England University

Emmanuel S. Tesoro and Marian T. Tesoro Scholarship 
Residents of East Longmeadow

Rick Thorpe 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Fund
One female and one male graduating high school senior from Minnechaug Regional High School who demonstrates participation in athletics, volunteering and leadership

Lena A. Tucker Scholarship
Graduates of the High School of Commerce and Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield

John and Evelyn Turnbull Nursing Education Fund
Residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing

United Way/YWCA Scholarship for Women
Women age 18 or older, from Granby, Holyoke or South Hadley

Paul J. Veronesi Memorial Scholarship
One male and one female high school graduating senior from Agawam High School who excels in basketball

Virginillo-Falvo Scholarship Fund
Students age 24 years or younger with independent status from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties

Mary Volanakis Memorial Scholarship Fund
Students of the Greek Orthodox faith: preference to members of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield

Ruth Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund
Graduating high school seniors from Longmeadow High School who participated in a learning disabled program

Wilbur H.H. Ward Education Fund
For individuals from Hampshire county attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; preference to Amherst residents

Charles F. Warner Scholarship
Residents of Springfield

Westbank-Jane M. Knapp Scholarship
Graduates of the MacDuffie School in Granby, MA

Westbank-Stanley F. Osowski Scholarship
Graduates of Westfield High School

WestFest Scholarship 
Hampden county residents pursuing degrees in the arts; preference to residents of Westfield

Esther J. & Lewis W. Whiting Fund
Graduates of Springfield Central High School pursuing medicine or natural science

Wilcox-Ware Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors from Mohawk Trail Regional High School who reside in Shelburne, Buckland, Colrain or contiguous towns

Professional Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Western Massachusetts, Inc. for Women
Women age 25 or older from greater Springfield who have had a break in their education wishing to return to the work force, attending an accredited college or university in Hampden or Hampshire county

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The following funds are awarded each year to students pursuing higher education beyond high school. Because of the finite nature of the criteria or method for selection, recipients are not gathered through the Community Foundation application process.

Charles R. Allan and Judith V. Carlson Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors selected by Springfield Central High School and Springfield High School of Science and Technology as the top scholars in physics

Dr. Jeffrey A. Ferst Valedictorian Memorial Scholarship
The Valedictorian from Westfield High School

Sarah and Abraham Milstein Scholarship
The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Westfield High School

C. Kenneth Sanderson Scholarship Fund
Graduating high school seniors from Monson High School ranked in the top seven of the senior class

INTEREST FREE EDUCATIONAL LOANS

James W. Colgan Loan
Residents of MA for the past five years

Margrit H. Sutton-Annen Student Loan
Students of Swiss descent enrolled full-time in a two or four-year college

 

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