Scholarships

The deadlines have passed for all online scholarship applications except the Hathaway Scholarship; please check back in February 2015.

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have moved to an online application format for those scholarships selected by the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. We no longer accept paper applications.

For those scholarships that are selected by committees other than the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, please contact your school’s guidance counselor’s office for applications and further details.


With rising tuition costs, it is more and more difficult for students and their families to pay for a college education.  The Community Foundation's scholarships represent our donors' appreciable understanding of the role education plays in building a better community. The Foundation is pleased to help fulfill donors' wishes as well as to increase the opportunities for students in Southeastern Massachusetts to pursue a higher education. Some of the scholarship recipients are chosen by the fund's donors, some by schools, and others by the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Below you will find descriptions about our scholarship funds.


Daniel P. Bergeron Scholarship Fund was established by Maureen and Russell Bergeron to honor the memory of their late son, Daniel P. Bergeron. The fund provides a minimum of one $500 scholarship annually to a senior attending Fairhaven High School. Preference will be given to a student with financial need and interests in sports and/or music. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014

Luther B. Bowman Scholarship awards scholarships to Westport High School graduates to attend a two- or four-year college, business school, trade school, secretarial school or a technical school. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the Westport School Committee. Awards range from $500 to $3,600. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

David A. Cappannari Scholarship provides funds to graduating students from Plymouth North or South High School to continue their studies. Awards range from $800 to $1,000. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Albert F. Carr Scholarship provides scholarships totaling up to $45,000 annually to current or former New Bedford High School graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund provides several scholarships of at least $1,000 annually for tuition assistance to students pursuing an LPN, RN or BSN Nursing Degree while attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Acushnet, Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett who are graduating from either Fairhaven High School, New Bedford High School, Bishop Stang High School, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School or Old Rochester Regional High School as well as any graduating senior of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

The College Club of New Bedford Scholarships were established to support young women who are seniors in high school and plan to attend a four-year college or have completed at least one year in a four year college. Applicants must be residents of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven or Acushnet and be attending or have graduated from New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Bishop Stang, or Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High Schools. The minimum $500 scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement as well as financial need. Applicants who have successfully completed at least one year at a four year college should have at least a 3.0 average; preference will be given to women who have previously received a scholarship from the College Club. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Katelyn Dunner Fund provides one scholarship annually to a graduating student at Plymouth North High School who has overcome conflict or adversity in personal or academic life to attend a two- or four-year college. Awards range from $400 to $500. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Half Marathon Scholarship awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who are runners participating in track, cross country or a related interscholastic athletic program from New Bedford High School, Dartmouth High School and greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. Scholarship recipients are selected by the high school coaches and/or athletic directors. Awards can range from $700 to $1,000. Please contact your school's athletic director for details.

Fairhaven High School Centurion Scholarship Fund provides one four-year scholarship of at least $250 each year to a graduating Fairhaven High School senior,  beginning in 2006, the school's 100th anniversary. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need, 25% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014

Freitas-Rebello Fundawards two annual scholarships, the first a minimum $1,000 award for tuition assistance to students of Portuguese descent attending an accredited college. Applicants must be residents of the Greater New Bedford area and enrolled seniors at either Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School or New Bedford High School.  Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014

Frank and Eleanor Gracie Family Scholarship Fund was created by Frank Gracie, Jr. to honor the memory of his wife Eleanor and sons David and Paul. The fund provides a minimum of one $800 scholarship annually to a senior attending New Bedford High School. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics.  Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Thomas S. Hathaway Scholarship
is awarded to students residing in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled at Harvard University. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. Awards can range from $350 to $4,100. The scholarship is granted for one year only, although recipients in good standing at Harvard University are encouraged to reapply annually. Harvard students should contact the financial aid office. Apply online; application is due by 5 pm June 2.

The Jim Haskins Scholarhip Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Lakeville resident Jim Haskins. Jim was well known in his community as an avid volunteer – he was active in numerous organization. including the Rotary Club of Fall River, the Salvation Army, Special Olympics Massachusetts, Citizens for Citizens, the Durfee Alumni Association, the Marine Museum, and the Moby Dick Council of Boy Scouts of America. The Jim Haskins Scholarship awards at least one scholarship annually to seniors graduating from either Apponequet Regional High School, Bishop Connolly High School, Case High School, Diman High School, Durfee High School, Somerset High School, and Westport High School. Please contact your school's guidance counselor for details. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014

Thomas O. and Sarah F. Jackson Trust Award provides one rotating scholarship annually to a graduating student at Silver Lake High School, Carver High School, or Plymouth High School (North and South), respectively, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the University of Massachusetts. Awards range from $800 to $1,000. Preference is given to students intending to major in an agricultural course at the agricultural school of either university. There will be two scholarships awarded in 2014, one to a graduating senior at Silver Lake High School and one to a senior at either Plymouth North or South high schools; please see the guidance office for an application and detailsl

Jacobs Family New Bedford High School Scholarship Fund annually provides four-year, up to $35,000 scholarships to one New Bedford Global Learning Charter School, three New Bedford High School, and one Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School graduating seniors. Recipients must attend an accredited college or university and major in science fields including computer science, mathematics and engineering (see application for details).  Each scholarship is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of B or better. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 16, 2014.

Alexa Latteo-Holmes Family Bright Smile Scholarship was established by Tina and Peter Holmes to honor the memory of their late daughter Alexa Latteo. This fund provides an annual college scholarship of at least $500 each to a Mansfield High School and Norton High School graduating senior who intends to major in education at an accredited college or university. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Ladies’ Branch of the New Bedford Port Society Scholarship provides scholarships for high school seniors and current undergraduates who have one or more of the following: documented family ties to the sea, have received an acceptance letter from a Maritime Academy, or will major in maritime science. First consideration is given to families of descendants of seamen. Applicants must be residents of the Greater New Bedford area, defined as of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Charles J. Lewin Interfaith Scholarship
was established to provide scholarships to returning students and graduating high school seniors of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Plymouth counties. The Fund provides several scholarships ranging from $700 to $2,000. Scholarships are granted for one year only, although recipients may reapply annually. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 30% on academics and 20% on personal circumstances (students whose EFCs are above $16,000 are very unlikely to be selected for this scholarship). Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Lipsky-Whittaker GLBTQ Scholarship was established to celebrate the lives of John Lipsky and George Whittaker. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to current or former New Bedford High School graduates who identify as LGBTQ and have demonstrated their commitment to addressing issues of homophobia and LGBTQ inequality in their schools and/or community, or have been raised in an LGBTQ household. A minimum of $5,000 will be given out each year, possibly divided betwen several recipients. Students must be under the age of 25 at the time of the award. Scholarship recipients may reapply for a subsequent year. However, preference will be given to graduating seniors. Please contact the school's guidance office for details.

Nate King Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family in 2010. Nate was a 2009 graduate of New Bedford High School, where he was a standout swimmer. He also worked as a lifeguard at the New Bedford YMCA and shared his passion for swimming by teaching children. The intent of the scholarship is to provide a minimum of one $500 scholarship to one or more graduating seniors from New Bedford High School’s swim team for tuition assistance while attending a two or four year accredited college or university. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Samuel W. McFadden Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr.Samuel W. McFadden II, a long-time board member of the Community Foundation. Dr. McFadden was involved in a host of community activities including our Distribution Committee,serving as its Chair in 2005 and 2006, and as Chair of the Scholarship Committee, which was perhaps his fondest role. The scholarship will be available to eligible employees of Tobey Hospital or the YMCA Southcoast seeking to advance in their profession.

Gregory G. Misodoulakis Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family to honor the memory of the 2010 Apponequet Regional High School graduate, Gregory Misodoulakis. Gregory was a well-respected and gregarious member of his class, an honor student, athlete, student leader and dedicated volunteer who very much "lived in the moment" throughout his high school years. His strength of character and infectious smile endeared him to all who knew him.  Gregory aspired to become a history teacher and had been eagerly looking forward to his freshman year at UMass-Amherst. The annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Apponequet Regional High School who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the school community and who aspires to pursue a liberal arts and/or education degree. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

The New Bedford High School Class of 1960 Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to provide tuition assistance to Greater New Bedford graduating seniors whose parent or grandparent was a New Bedford High School graduate. Criterion for selection emphasizes need with consideration given to academic performance and extracurricular activities/community service. This scholarship awards a minimum of one scholarship of $450 or more annually. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Kathleen Joyce Nelson Scholarship Fund was established by David and Joyce Nelson in memory of their late daughter, Kathleen Joyce Nelson. This fund provides an annual college scholarship of at least $2,000 to a New Bedford High School senior, with preference given to students who have struggled with cancer or have an affiliation with the cancer-stricken population through community service, employment, volunteer work, or family involvement. A secondary priority is students who plan to major in government, political science of public service at a four-year accredited college or university. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

New Bedford Half Marathon Scholarship Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2009 and awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who are runners participating in track, cross country or a related interscholastic athletic program from New Bedford High School, Dartmouth High School and greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.These scholarship recipients shall be selected annually by the Coach(es) and   Athletic Director from each of the three named schools for tuition assistance during the first year of a two and/or four year college, university, or technical school. The process for identifying and selecting scholarship recipients shall be determined by the Coach(es) and Athletic Director of each school. Deadline and application details to be announced.

New Bedford Woman's Club Fund provides a scholarship up to $500 each to one New Bedford High School and one to Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School graduating senior for tuition assistance for the first year of attendance at two or four year college or university . The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Matthew “Matty” Ryan Oliveira Scholarship Fund was established by Kathleen and Matthew Oliveira to honor the memory of their late son, Matthew "Matty" Ryan Oliveira. Several $500 scholarships are awarded annually to seniors attending Fairhaven High School. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate strong community service, leadership qualities, and athleticism. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Padanaram Foundation Art Scholarship Fund provides two scholarships annually to art students at Dartmouth High School. One $750 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior to attend a two- or four- year post high school program; the other $1,250 scholarship will be shared by 2 to 4 juniors to attend summer art programs. Applicants must have a cumulative B average and demonstrate talent in some area of art (including but not limited to theater, fashion, design, drawing/painting, sculpting, film making). Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Katherine Hassan Penton, New Bedford High School Class of 1948, Scholarship Fund offers annual scholarship of up to $3,000 to a New Bedford High School graduating senior who intends to study business at a four-year accredited college or university. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Mary H. Quinn Higher Education Scholarship was created by Friends of Mary Quinn to provide annual college scholarships to Plymouth North High School graduating seniors.  This $800 scholarship, in memory and honor of the late Mary Quinn, will be awarded to a compassionate Plymouth North graduating senior who shows kind regards for others, is pursuing higher education in the field of psychology and who demonstrates financial needA compassionate friend to many, Mary believed in the power of hard-work and higher education to better oneself. Applications will be available through the guidance office of Plymouth North High School.

Louis M. Rusitzky Scholarship Fund hopes to inspire its recipients to return to New Bedford and establish a business. It provides an annual scholarship of at least $2,000 to a graduating senior at New Bedford High School. Recipients must attend an accredited four-year college or university and major in an area of business studies. The scholarship is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of B or better. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 50% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Samuel and Solomon Rusitzky Entrepreneurial Education scholarship was established by Louis Rusitzky at the Community Foundation in 2007 to honor the memory of his father and uncle. The scholarship seeks to support area workers majoring in an area of business or in higher education related to their employment attending Bristol Community College. Scholarships range up to $1,000. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Christine Saulnier Pimental Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Christine Saulnier Pimental. The scholarship supports New Bedford area adults seeking to improve their professional standing by pursuing higher educational opportunities while majoring in any of the following fields: Life Sciences, Computer Science, Veterinary Sciences and related fields. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Ellery R. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship of at least $1,000 to a graduating senior of New Bedford High School. Applicants should have attended the John Avery Parker School. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Frank D. Sylvia Trust Scholarship was established by Frank D. Sylvia to honor the memory of his late son, Frank P. Sylvia. It is limited to indigent deserving Dighton or Somerset students who plan to attend a college or university. The scholarship (up to $9,000) is granted for one year only, although recipients may reapply annually. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need, 25% on academics. Apply Online; application is due by 5 pm on April 30, 2014.

Edward D. Thomas Trust Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to Foxboro High School graduates to attend a two- or four-year college. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the Foxboro School Committee. Awards can range from $1,000 to $4,000. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

The TJA Fund has set up two annual college scholarships for Dartmouth High School students. The first is a $2,000 scholarship n honor of Trevor Alves for a Dartmouth High student; the second, in honor of Jordan Alves, is $2,000 for a Dartmouth High student who plays soccer. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Paul F. Vecchi Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in honor of long-time Plymouth School District administrator Paul V. Vecchi, provides a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from both Plymouth North High School and Plymouth South High School as well as Plymouth Technical High School. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Webb Family Scholarship provides tuition assistance to graduating Franklin High School students to attend a four-year college or university. Awards range from $400 to $600. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

For additional information about scholarships please contact Program Officer Lauren Maher at the Community Foundation.