Scholarships

The 2016 deadline for online scholarships has passed; please check back in February 2017 for next year's application.

For current college students, click the Upload Your Transcript button below to upload your transcript and redeem your scholarship payment.


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. 

Below you will find descriptions of scholarships that you can apply for using the online application only. For a description of our scholarships that cannot be applied for online, please click here.


The  Anonymous Scholarship was established to provide two four-year scholarships of at least $5,000 each year to New Bedford High School graduating seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. The criteria for selection will be 65% need, 35% academic performance. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain their eligibility. Payment will be made directly to the recipient's college or university upon proof of successful completion of the first semester each year.

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. 

Albert F. Carr Scholarship provides scholarships totaling up to $60,000 annually to current or former New Bedford High School graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (preferred) or who will pursue an engineering degree at a four-year college or university.

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.  

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. 

 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.

Freitas-Rebello Fund awards up to two annual scholarships of $1,000 each 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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  The 2015 deadline has passed; please check back early next year.

Jacobs Family New Bedford High Schools 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 one-third on financial need, two-thirds on academic performance. 

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. 

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). 

The New Bedford High School Class of 1960 Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation 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.  

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

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. 

Katherine Hassan Penton, New Bedford High School Class of 1948, Scholarship Fund offers an 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.  

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.  

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. Students must be nontraditional adult learners who are majoring in an area of Business or Finance, and be a resident of New Bedford. Preference is given to New Bedford area adult workers seeking to improve their professional standing by pursuing higher educational opportunities related to their profession. Part-time and returning students with full-time jobs are encouraged to apply. Scholarships range up to $1,000. 

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.

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.