The Scholarship and Interest-Free Educational Loan Program

Obtaining a college education is expensive, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts strives to provide some financial assistance to students living in Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties to help them achieve their goal of graduating from college. We have over 140 different scholarship funds and two loan funds available through our program, and each year we give away over 1,000 individual scholarship awards. This equates to approximately $1.4 million in scholarships and $600,000 in interest-free educational loans.

See our  Scholarship Program FAQ for more information.

Scholarships and interest-free educational loans are provided for one academic year and are not automatically renewed each year. You can reapply to our program every year you are going to attend college, and the application you submit that year will be considered for all scholarships and loans for which you are eligible.

Our Timeline

January 1:The online application opens, and students can apply.
March 31:The online application closes.
April-June:Scholarship and loan recipients are selected.
Late June:Applicants are notified if they did nor did not receive a scholarship.
Summer:Recipients must return forms necessary to receive their scholarships.
September:The Community Foundation verifies that students are enrolled in their colleges.
October/
November:
Scholarship money is sent directly to the student’s college.
  • Students complete one online application through our website and we match you to all scholarships and loans for which you meet the eligibility.

Who Is Eligible to Apply to Our Program

Completing Our Application Process

Step 1:
Between January 1 and March 31, the application will be available. You’ll find the link here at that time.

Step 2:
Create an account and remember your password so you can return to your application when necessary.

Step 3:
Upload your most recent transcript to your application. You do not have to submit an official transcript but to be acceptable the transcript must show:

  • Your name
  • The name of your college or high school, or clearly indicate the name of your school in the url: if you are printing from a student portal
  • All classes you have taken, with your grades, and those you are currently taking
  • Your cumulative GPA (if your school calculates GPA)

In all cases, CFWM reserves the right to request an official transcript.

Step 4:
Upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) you have completed for the next academic year. Do not upload the SAR for the academic year in which you are currently enrolled. View a sample student aid report.

Step 5:
Submit your application.

Step 6:
Check your email often. If there is a problem with your application, or you submitted an inaccurate transcript of Student Aid Report, we will notify you by email up until the last week in March.

Note: You will not be considered for scholarships and loans unless you submit a complete and accurate transcript and SAR.

Our Selection Process

Selection committees, comprised of community members from Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties, volunteer their time to read applications for each individual scholarship in our program, and then select recipients. Scholarship and interest-free loan awards are recommended by volunteer committees and approved by the Trustees.

Reviewers read your entire application and review your academic transcript. Selecting recipients is a very hard job! There are so many excellent applicants, and it’s the reviewers’ job to choose one or a few recipients for a specific scholarship fund. Except for a few awards, a student’s financial need is strongly taken into consideration. A student’s complete academic history is also considered, as are the essays. Reviewers really want to learn something about you that they haven’t learned from the rest of your application.

Awards are made subject to availability and to the policies of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. These policies are available for review upon request.

Additional Guidelines

  • Students can receive up to $3,000 in scholarships.
  • Scholarship awards could impact a student’s financial aid and students are advised to check with their financial aid offices about this.
  • Scholarships may be used to offset tuition, fees, room and board, and other items included as part of the cost for attending the institution. Some part and/or all the award could be considered taxable income. It is advisable students check with the college or tax accountant regarding this matter.

Scholarship Descriptions

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers over 140 scholarships and two interest-free educational loans. Some of the funds help students from a particular school or area; others provide financial assistance to those pursuing a specific field of study; still others assist students that are most in need. Students who apply to the program may be eligible for many of these funds. Once a student completes the online application, the Foundation will determine all funds for which a student may be eligible.

If you are interested in establishing a new scholarship fund, please visit our START A FUND page.

Scholarships A–E

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 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

Scholarship F–J

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

Scholarship K–O

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

Louis F. Oldershaw and Virginia W. Oldershaw Scholarship Fund
Students in western Massachusetts who are pursuing post-secondary studies at a two- or four-year college

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

Oram Family Scholarship Fund
Students majoring in science or art, with a preference for students of color, as defined by the Foundation

Scholarships P–T

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; preference for college juniors and seniors

Dan Trant Scholarship Fund
Residents of Westfield who are student athletes

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

Scholarships U–Z

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.

Scholarships with Finite Criteria or Method of Selection

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

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