New Bedford native John Vasconcellos, currently the senior regional director for the Southeast and Boston regions of the Trustees of Reservations, has been chosen from a pool of 80 applicants to become the new president of the Community Foundation. He takes the helm on Aug. 1, succeeding longtime president Craig Dutra. Read more in The Standard-Times
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 high school seniors in New Bedford 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. Pictured, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs with the 2016 Jacobs scholars. Photo by Bob Hughes.
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.
- Jessica Trufant, a general assignment reporter at The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, has been awarded the fourth annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. Ms. Trufant will receive a $1,000 stipend check. The MacGregor Fiske Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation, established the award to recognize a print journalist who is relatively new to the field, encourage him or her to persevere in the profession and honor the contributions of journalists to sustaining an informed society. Read the press release
- The Community Foundation recently awarded $100,000 in workforce development and early literacy grants with funding from the Polaroid Fund and the Acushnet Foundation Early Literacy Consortium. This is the Community Foundation's 9th year of managing the New Bedford Area grants program of the Polaroid Fund under contract with the Boston Foundation. The Polaroid Fund has distributed up to $100,000 each year to support organizations or collaboratives that focus on workforce development and early literacy. Read the press release