Scholarship & Loan 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 who attend four-year colleges

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

David “Davey” Duggan Memorial Scholarship Fund One male and one female graduating senior from Holyoke high schools who has excelled academically and athletically

 

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, undergraduates of Hampshire College

 

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

 

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

 

Robert T. Markel Fund 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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Pannaccione 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.

 

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

 

Frederick W. Porter Scholarship Fund Graduates of Greenfield High School or residents of Greenfield

 

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 Graduating 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 Fund Residents of Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Counties who are graduates of Springfield public high schools

 

Steiger Family Scholarship Fund Graduates of Springfield Central High School

 

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

 

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 or its successor, 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

 

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

 

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Scholarship Fund Graduating high school seniors from Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties

 

Wilcox-Ware Scholarship Fund Graduating seniors from Mohawk Trail Regional High School who reside in Shelburne, Buckland, Colrain, 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