Scholarship Descriptions

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers over 130 scholarships and two interest-free educational loans. Students who apply to the program may be eligible for many of these funds. Once a student completes the online application, 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 Fund African American residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties who attend four-year colleges and have participated in extracurricular activities
Arrighi Memorial Scholarship Fund 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
Christine Balch Memorial Scholarship Fund Hampden County residents attending medical school
Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship Fund 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 Fund Residents of Agawam
Edward P. Boland Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampden County attending two or four-year colleges pursuing either graduate or undergraduate education
Joseph Bonfitto Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Agawam High School studying creative design, advertising, or the arts
Shelley N. Bourque Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Belchertown High School
Barbara Holcomb Braem Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Westfield High School; preference to those pursuing degrees in a business related field
Kevin Bresnahan Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduates of Holyoke High School involved in extracurricular activities; preference to those pursuing music, especially jazz or blues
Ruth L. Brocklebank Memorial Scholarship Fund African-American graduates of Springfield public high schools
Caleb L. Butler Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or 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 Centers
Permelia A. Butterfield Scholarship Fund Residents from Franklin County of all religious sects and denominations claiming to be Christian who are under the age of 21 and have at least one deceased parent pass away; preference for residents from the town of Orange
Raymond E. Carr Scholarship Fund Students attending American International College, Elms College, Springfield College, Western New England University, or Westfield State University
Stanley Ciejek Sr. Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin Counties to attend Massachusetts institutions of higher education
Eric Clayton Hockey Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton, or Westhampton; preference to those with ice hockey involvement
Ronald A. Copes Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Springfield, MA or Hartford, CT who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who have participated in extracurricular activities
Lilliana Marie Cordes Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampshire County who are studying music; preference to graduating high school seniors who are residents of South Hadley
Lee S. Crabtree Scholarship Fund 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 Fund Residents of Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin Counties
William J. Dean and Mary Fitzsimmons Dean Scholarship Fund Graduates of William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke
William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties
Dietz & Company Architects Scholarship Fund Residents of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who are studying architecture;preference for students in their third or fourth year of college, or pursuing graduate study
John DiNapoli Memorial Charitable Scholarship Fund Hampden County high school seniors; preference will be given to residents of Holyoke
Dinn Brothers Student Athlete Award Fund One male and one female scholar athlete from western Massachusetts who has been chosen as Athlete of the Year by The Republican Newspaper
Louis W. and Mary S. Doherty Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampden County
David “Davey” Duggan Memorial Scholarship Fund One male and one female graduating senior from Holyoke high schools who has excelled academically and athletically
First Sergeant Kevin Dupont Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduates of Chicopee Comprehensive High School; preference to graduating seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities and/or community service
Carlos B. Ellis Scholarship Fund Graduates of the Springfield High School of Commerce enrolled full-time at a two or four-year college
Craig M. Epstein Memorial Scholarship Fund 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 and Leon Feffer Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin Counties
Ann Ferguson Women and Gender Studies Scholarship Fund Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees or certificates in women and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Richard E. Fiore Memorial Scholarship Fund 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 America Centennial Educational Scholarship Fund 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, and undergraduates of Hampshire College who will attend graduate school and reside in Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury, Leverett, Hadley or Northampton.
Fisher Family Lost Acres Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire Counties who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in agriculture, horticulture or related majors
Heriberto Flores Scholarship Fund 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 city 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 Fund Residents of Franklin County
Deborah Brodeur Foley Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham pursuing nursing or an allied health field who have participated in extracurricular activities
Jeffrey I. Glasser, M.D. Memorial

Scholarship Fund

Graduating high school seniors from Longmeadow High School with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, who have participated on the Longmeadow High School swim team; preference for students who have participated for three years or more or have held a leadership position on the swim team
Ronald A. and Dorothy F. Axtell Grant
Scholarship Fund
Protestant students from Hampshire County
Nicholas G. Grass Scholarship Fund 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 Fund Residents of Granby, MA
Helen Hamilton Scholarship Fund For students pursuing degrees in social services, housing studies, urban design, and other related fields; preference for students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service
Hellespont Society Scholarship Fund High school graduates who attend a two or four-year college, who are persons of Greek descent; preference to descendants of past Hellespont Society members
Gertrude and William C. Hill Scholarship Fund Graduates of Springfield Central High School
Horace Hill Scholarship Fund Children and grandchildren of the members of the Springfield Newspapers’ 25 Year Club who participated in extracurricular activities
Elizabeth M. Huller Scholarship Fund Graduates of Central High School
Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship Fund 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 Fund Residents of Northampton attending law school
Frank W. Jendrysik Jr. Memorial
Scholarship Fund
Residents of Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield who participated in extracurricular activities
Markus Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduates of Springfield public high schools; preference to graduating high school seniors and students attending Springfield Technical Community College
Vincent S. and Jane A. Korzeniowski Memorial Scholarship Fund Residents of Chicopee; preference will be given to Chicopee High and Chicopee Comprehensive High School graduates
James B. Krumsiek Memorial Fund Graduating high school seniors from Pope Francis High School and Longmeadow High School who are active in athletics and exhibit academic achievement
Fred K. Lane Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors who are past or current members (individual or family) or former/current employees at the Orchards Golf Course or residents of South Hadley who participate in athletics, with a preference for graduating high school seniors who play golf
Latino Breakfast Club Scholarship Fund Graduating Latino high school seniors from Hampden County
Latino Scholarship Fund Graduating Latino high school students in Holyoke 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 Fund Graduates of Springfield Central High School
Little Red Schoolhouse Scholarship Fund Residents of Franklin or Hampshire Counties majoring in education. Preference will be given to students studying early childhood education. If there are no eligible applicants studying early childhood education, preference should include those applicants studying either elementary education or special education. Applicants studying elementary education should be considered before those studying special education.
Edward A. and Shirley B. Livi Scholarship Fund Residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties who are pursuing fine or performing arts beyond their freshman year
MacGeachey Minarik Scholarship Fund Students who have resided in Monson for two years; preference to graduates of Monson High School or Pathfinder Regional High School.
MacIntyre Family Scholarship Fund Residents of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties; preference to Holyoke residents
Stuart D. Mackey Scholarship Fund Graduates of East Longmeadow High School who have strong academic records
John R. and James F. Mahoney Memorial Scholarship Fund Residents of Northampton who participate in extracurricular activities
Captain John Maloney
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Residents of Hampden County with at least one award to a graduating high school senior from Chicopee High School
Elaine Nicpon Marieb
Scholarship Fund
Women from Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire counties
Edward C., Mary and Paul Marth
Scholarship Fund
Graduating seniors from St. Mary’s High School in Westfield pursuing nursing or an allied field
Clarence H. Matteson Scholarship Fund Residents of Greenfield to pursue education beyond high school who have participated in extracurricular activities
William T. Maunsell Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Westfield High School, Westfield Vocational 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. and Margaret B. McDonnell Family Scholarship Fund Graduates of Pope Francis High School pursuing a career in social work or an allied field
George H. McDonnell Scholarship Fund South Hadley residents who are graduating seniors from South Hadley High School studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college
Mary Alby Markel Memorial Scholarship Graduating seniors from Springfield Central High School pursuing the sciences
Nate McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Gateway Regional High School who excel academically and have an interest in music or science
Ida Miller Scholarship Fund Residents of the Shelburne Falls Fire District in Franklin County
Theodore P. (Ted) Minor Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Chicopee high schools
Christine Mitus Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund Students who have a deceased parent; preference to those who have lost a parent to cancer
Eleanor M. Morrissey Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties pursuing a career in nursing
Mt. Sugarloaf Lodge Memorial Fund Graduates of Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship Fund 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 participated in extracurricular activities
James Z. Naurison Fund Residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties and the towns of Enfield or Suffield, CT
Margaret E. O’Donnell and Agnes K. O’Donnell Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Northampton High School and Smith Vocational High School; students attending Elms College; students attending Fitchburg State University majoring in education
William J. (Bill) and Loretta M. O’Neil Scholarship Fund Residents from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties pursuing English, journalism or a related field
Victor, Margaret and Joseph Victor Paier Scholarship Fund Residents of West Springfield
Karen Panaccione and Kristine Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund Residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties who are beyond their first year of undergraduate studies and are pursuing a Baccalaureate or Master’s Program in nursing. The greatest preference will be given to students who are previous recipients of this scholarship, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and are involved in community service.
Joseph A. Paul and Annette Louise Paul Scholarship Fund Residents in South Hadley who graduated from South Hadley High School attending a two or four-year college and plans to study engineering or nursing.
Frederick W. Porter Scholarship Fund Graduates of Greenfield High School or residents of Greenfield
Professional Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Western Massachusetts, Inc. Scholarship Fund
for Women
Women, age 25 or older, from greater Springfield area 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 Counties
Gertrude G. Rapp Scholarship Fund 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 current class and three prior years.
Anthony A. Renaud Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Hampden County who have a deceased parent; preference for those who have had a parent pass away from heart disease
Jacob and Celia Richmond Fund Residents of Hampden County attending law school
Kimber Richter Family Scholarship Fund 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/Springfield Accountants Scholarship Fund 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 Fund Residents of Holyoke, South Hadley, or Granby, MA, pursuing an undergraduate degree
Anthony and Madeline Sampson Kapinos Scholarship Fund Graduates of Chicopee High School
Seelig Family Scholarship Fund Graduates of Putnam Vocational Technical High School studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
September 11th Remembrance Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors who reside in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin Counties
Dr. John V. Shea Jr. Scholarship Fund Graduates of Springfield high schools who participate in extracurricular activities
Connie Celeste Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund For students from Hampden County
James L. Shriver Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin Counties to pursue a technical career through higher education including college, trade school or technical school and participated in extracurricular activities
Michael A. Smiarowski Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduates of Turners Falls High School or Frontier Regional High School
Springfield Teachers Club Scholarship Fund Residents of Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Counties who are graduates of Springfield public high schools
Springfield Women’s Club Scholarship Fund Women from Hampden County who are age 19 and older and are students attending a two or four year degree program
Steiger Family Scholarship Fund Graduates of Springfield Central High School
Lucius H. and Dorothy J. Tarbell
Scholarship Fund
Students attending Western New England University
Carol J. Taylor Scholarship Fund Graduates of Agawam High School
Emmanuel S. Tesoro and Marian T. Tesoro Scholarship Fund Residents of East Longmeadow
Rick Thorpe 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Fund One female and one male graduating senior from Minnechaug Regional High School who demonstrate participation in athletics, volunteering and leadership
Phillip W. Sheridan-Tighe and Bond Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Hampden or Hampshire Counties who will be studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college
Earl and Lee Tonet Scholarship Fund Graduates of Hampshire Regional High School except for residents of Southampton; preference for college juniors and seniors
Lena A. Tucker Scholarship Fund 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, and Hampshire Counties pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing
United Personnel Future Scholars Fund Residents of Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, Westfield or Pittsfield; preference for students who are first generation college students
United Way of Holyoke, South Hadley, and Granby, Inc./YWCA Scholarship Fund for Women Women, age 18 or older, from Granby, Holyoke and South Hadley
Urban League of Springfield Scholarship Fund African American residents of Springfield
Paul J. Veronesi Memorial Scholarship Fund One male and one female graduating senior from Agawam High School who excel in basketball
Virginillo-Falvo Scholarship Fund Students age 24 or younger with independent status from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties
Mary Volanakis Memorial Scholarship Fund Students of the Greek Orthodox faith: preference to members of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Scholarship Fund To support graduating seniors from Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in western Massachusetts. The fund was set up in memory of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and recognizes the importance of combating bullying in schools and our community.
Ruth Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund Graduating 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 Fund Residents of Springfield
Westbank-Jane Knapp Scholarship Fund Graduates of MacDuffie School in Granby, MA
Westbank-Stanley F. Osowski Scholarship Fund Graduates of Westfield High School
WestFest Scholarship Fund Hampden County residents pursuing degrees in the arts; preference to residents of Westfield
Esther J. and Lewis W. Whiting Fund Graduates of Springfield Central High School pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in medicine or natural science; preference for female graduates
Wilcox-Ware Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors residing in Shelburne, Buckland or Colrain, attending any high school provided to student living in these towns or contiguous towns.
The following funds are awarded each year to students pursuing higher education beyond high school. Each fund has finite criteria or method of selection. Therefore, recipients may not be selected through the Community Foundation application process
Charles R. Allan And Judith V. Carlson Scholarship Fund One graduating senior selected by Springfield Central High School and one graduating high school senior selected by Springfield High School of Science and Technology as the top scholars in physics attending a four-year school
Dr. Jeffrey A. Ferst Valedictorian Memorial Scholarship Fund Valedictorian from Westfield High School
Sarah and Abraham Milstein Scholarship Fund The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Westfield High School
C. Kenneth Sanderson Scholarship Fund Graduating senior from Monson High School ranked in the top seven of the senior class