On April 26, City native and QUALCOMM co-founder Dr. Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan Klein Jacobs, presented $175,000 in scholarships to five New Bedford high school seniors from the Jacobs Family New Bedford High Schools Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation. The scholarships were presented at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to Global Learning Charter Public School senior Viriato Nunes; GNB Regional Voc-Tech senior Jacob Aubertine; and NBHS seniors Katherine Gomes, Zachary Silva, and Victoria Vafaee. Each will receive a $35,000 scholarship, to be distributed over four years, to study math, science, or engineering.
On April 27, the Jacobs took a group of fifth graders from the Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, which Dr. Jacobs attended, aboard their private jet to Boston, where they took a trolley tour of historic sites and visited MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Pictured, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs with the 2016 Jacobs scholars. Photo by Bob Hughes.
Our deepest condolences to the Fernandes family on the March 16 passing of their 14-year-old son Noah, whose battle with mitochondrial disease inspired the Team Noah Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation. Noah was diagnosed at age 5 with melas, one of the most severe forms of mitochondrial disease. The disease keeps cells from functioning properly. His devastated family responded by forming the Team Noah Foundation to raise money to help local children and their families impacted by medical and developmental disabilities. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Read the full remembrance in The Standard-Times.
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
- Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K, scheduled for May 8 in Mattapoisett. Dust off your tiara, cape or both and join the Women's Fund for the Tiara 5K Mother's Day Race. Register online
Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF), recently presented AHA! New Bedford with a $2,500 grant. Pictured, from left: Dennis Leahy, Executive Vice President, BCSB and Treasurer, BCSCF; Koreen Santos, BCSCF-Southcoast Advisory Board Member and President, Santos & Santos CPAs; Jon Mitchell, Mayor, City of New Bedford; Lee Heald, AHA! Director; Nelson Hockert-Lotz, AHA! Treasurer; Michael Patacao, Commercial Loan Officer, BCSB; and Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF.