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Local Scholarships

Asian Heritage High School Scholarship
Open to Massachusetts High School students who will be attending an accredited College or University in the fall. Candidates are asked to write a short essay describing how their background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced their choice to go to college and how they plan to use their degree to help give back to their community.

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Must have an undergraduate cumulative minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Recipient must be of Asian heritage with at least one parent of Asian ancestry
  • One to three (1-3) page typed essay
  • Must include an official and complete copy of high school transcripts and a copy of an acceptance letter from an accredited College or University within the United States
  • Deadline: August 1st

East Longmeadow Garden Club
E.L.H.S. resident who plans further education in the fields of Agriculture, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Protection, Floral Design, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, Oceanography, Perma-culture/Agro-ecology or a related field.

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Information and application available at E.L. Library or H.S. Guidance Department
  • Must presently be an EL high school student or recent graduate, graduate student who resides in EL, or an EL student and resident accepted into a special program
  • Must include an official grade transcript
  • Online application –  East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship 2016 (PDF – Adobe Acrobat required)
  • Deadline: March 1, 2016

East Longmeadow Scholarship Foundation
E.L. residents accepted by or enrolled in an accredited college or technical school. Two separate applications are available.

  • General scholarship and Engineering (or related field) scholarship
  • Copy of H.S. or college transcript must accompany application
  • First year applicants must take part in annual door-to-door fundraiser
  • Information and application available at E.L. Library, H.S. Guidance Department, or email Celeste O’Brien at
  • Deadline: February 15 postmark

Rotary Club of E.L.
E.L. residents in their senior year enrolling in a Culinary Arts or Entertainment field. Also available for college students who are already enrolled in a program.

  • E.L. students are still eligible if they go to school outside of East Longmeadow
  • Information and application available at E.L.H.S. Guidance Department
  • Deadline: March 15

Five scholarships are available for students of Italian descent.

  • $5,000 scholarship
  • Information and application at H.S. Guidance Department
  • Deadline: April 15

Berkshire Bank Foundation
Scholarships are awarded to students through a competitive application process based on academic standing, financial need and record of community service. Students must live in communities served by Berkshire Bank.

Big Y Scholarship Program
Awards are for both traditional and nontraditional students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Community Foundations of Western MA
The Foundation administers scholarships and interest-free loan funds, through one centralized application process, to over 700 applicants totaling $2 million in awards to undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • Awards range from $500 to $10,000
  • Application is available online only
  • Must reside in Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, or Hartford county
  • Each scholarship and loan fund has specific criteria which determine eligibility
  • An official academic transcript (sent by the school) and Student Aid Report (SAR) must accompany the application
  • More information can be found at
  • Deadline: March 31, 2016

Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Fund
Scholarship recipients will be selected from eligible high school seniors who demonstrate “well-rounded” character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities, and experience in a work environment.

  • Open to high school seniors who have a permanent address in Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin county
  • Additional information will be available from Feb. 1 – Mar. 15, 2016
  • Please visit:

Greater Boston PFLAG
Each year Greater Boston PFLAG awards scholarship money to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in improving their school’s climate for LGBTQ youth. Two separate scholarships are available.

  • “Elsie Frank Scholarship” for up $15,000
  • Graduating high-school student must be enrolling in a 2 or 4-year college or technical school
  • FLAG (Friends, Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football award of $2,500
  • For students who have made high-school and/or community sports safer for LGBTQ student-athletes
  • Additional details (for both) can be found at
  • Deadline for both scholarships is February 14

Hampden County Improvement League
Recipients must be a resident of Hampden County for at least two years, be a good student and must show current or previous involvement in 4-H, an agricultural endeavor or be a member of a farm family.

  • Up to $1,000 scholarship
  • Information at H.S. Guidance Department or by contacting Sue (413-786-1432) or Maryellen (413-786-9995)
  • Deadline: June 1

HCC Scholarships
The HCC Foundation has over $200,000 in scholarships available for new, current and transferring students. You must be enrolled at HCC or have been accepted for the upcoming academic year in order to be eligible for all HCC scholarships.

  • Must submit your most recent FAFSA or a copy of your most recent tax return (if a FAFSA was not filed)
  • You will need to write a personal essay, provide a reference letter and provide financial information
  • Visit, call Scholarship Help (413-552-2321) or email

Horace Smith Fund Scholarship and Fellowship
The Horace Smith Fund was established to help deserving students finance their education, and is available to local students who are graduates of Hampden County, Massachusetts secondary schools. Fellowship applicants must be residents of Hampden County or qualified former residents.

  • High-school seniors may apply for the Walter S. Barr Scholarship
  • College students continuing their studies may apply for Walter S. Barr College Scholarship
  • Students continuing their education in graduate school may apply Walter S. Barr Fellowship
  • More information is available at
  • Deadline: February 1

Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) of Western MA
JEF has funds that are restricted for providing scholarships to individuals for undergraduate studies in the United States, undergraduate/graduate studies in Israel, and for participating in educational tours of Israel. Scholarships are available from two funds; Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship (SCJW) and JEF Common Fund.

  • SCJW Scholarship is available for residents of Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam or West Springfield
  • JEF Scholarship is available for Jewish students in the Pioneer Valley
  • March of the Living Scholarship is available for March of the Living participating youth
  • Visit http// or call Michelle Lancto (413-732-9994)

Junior League of Greater Springfield
One graduating female high-school senior in the Greater Springfield area, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in voluntarism and community service

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Must attend school in; Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granby, Hadley, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton, Springfield, South Hadley, West Springfield, or Wilbraham
  • Application must also include letter of recommendation, essay on volunteer experience and scholarship questionnaire
  • Deadline: April 18 postmark

MA Broadcasters Association Scholarship
Students who are permanent residents of Massachusetts and plan to or are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning are encouraged to apply.

  • 10 scholarships available for $2,000 each to pursue a career in over-the-air broadcasting
  • A $3,000 scholarship is also awarded in honor of the former President of the MBA, Al Sprague
  • Additional information can be found at

MA Restaurant Association Scholarship
The scholarship is available for high-school students, graduates, GED holders, and undergraduate college students.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.65
  • Restaurant/food service experience required
  • Must be enrolled in a restaurant or foodservice-related post-secondary program
  • Letter of recommendation from current/previous employer in the foodservice industry must accompany the application

Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club (PVWRC)
The PVWRC offers a scholarship for college-bound female high school athletes. The scholarship aims to reward a well-rounded, intelligent, college-bound high school senior who’s passionate about running

  • Applicant must have previous participation in track or cross country and community service
  • Must be enrolled in a two or four year degree granting college
  • Application also requires the following documents; letter of recommendation from coach, high school transcripts and an essay on how running has influenced you as a person
  • Deadline: April 30

Polish Junior League of MA, Inc.
The league has three scholarships set up for Polish heritage students, each with various criteria.

  • “Helen Weber Scholarship” – must be of Polish heritage, live in Western MA, enrolled in sophomore year or higher of college, and be a Media, Communication Specialist, Library Science, or Journalism major
  • “Undergraduate Scholarship” – must be of Polish heritage, live in Western MA and enrolled in sophomore year or higher of college
  • “Josephine Karwoski Memorial Scholarship” – must be female and of Polish heritage, enrolled or accepted to a graduate degree program or non-traditional student returning to undergraduate studies, and live in Western MA
  • Application also requires an official college/university transcript, one-page essay, and a letter of recommendation
  • Please visit
  • Deadline: May 1, 2016

Stephen-Phillips Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship for permanent residents of New England states who demonstrate academic excellence, seriousness of purpose, good citizenship and character, a strong work ethic and who meet our financial-need requirements.

  • Award ranges from $3,000 – $10,000 but generally stay below $6,000
  • Award can be renewed yearly if GPA of 2.5 is maintained and financial need does not change
  • Must be entering or returning to an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States
  • Pursuing an bachelor’s degree for the first time
  • United States citizen and permanent resident in one of the New England states
  • Applicants should have a GPA 3.0 or higher and a substantial financial need
  • Additional information can be found at
  • Deadline: May 1

Valley Press Club
Every June, the Press Club awards five high school students planning to study journalism in college.


Please contact Lyndsay Johnson if a local scholarship is not listed. She can be reached at the library: 525-5400 x1508 or by email

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