FAQ

What is the Winchester Scholarship Foundation?

How is WSF funded?

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Who chooses recipients?

Who are the current WSF members?

Can I establish a permanently endowed, named scholarship in honor of or in memory of an individual?

How can I get involved?

What is the Winchester Scholarship Foundation?
The Winchester Scholarship Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1945. The WSF is directed by an elected board of community volunteers who donate their time and effort.

Our mission is to provide financial assistance to deserving Winchester public school graduates who otherwise might not be able to afford college or post-graduate studies. Since our founding, we have awarded over $4,100,000. And in 2008-09 alone, we were able to award $309,150 to 96 students.

How is WSF funded?
The Foundation is funded primarily by Winchester residents, organizations and businesses. Many have expressed their generosity by donating property or other assets in their wills, or by endowing a memorial or honorary scholarship in someone’s name.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?
Applicants for scholarships need to meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from Winchester Public Schools (or alternatives as noted on the application form).
  • Acceptance for further education at an accredited school or college
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Characteristics including ambition, extracurricular activities, service to others, and good citizenship

Who chooses recipients?

Scholarship applications are reviewed in complete confidence by a Scholarship Committee composed of members of our Board of Directors. The Committee works closely with the Guidance Office of the Winchester High School.

The amount of a recipient’s scholarship is determined first by the amount of unmet need and loan burden, and second by non-economic criteria such as academic performance, extracurricular activities, and community service.

Who are the current WSF members?

Officers

  • President – Gerald B. O’Grady III
  • Vice President – Bradford M. Otis
  • Second Vice President – Lesley Santini Ryan
  • Treasurer – Edward F. Lamson
  • Assistant Treasurer – Timothy Nolan
  • Secretary – Andrew Clavette

Trustees

  • James R. Willing
  • Alan MacDonald
  • David Donahue

Scholarship Committee

  • Laura Fitzgerald
  • Tom Howley
  • Stephanie Altavilla
  • Michael Houllahan

Publicity Committee

  • Janet Damaske
  • Pat Mahon

Nominating Committee

  • Bob Trakimas
  • Cindy DeRosa

Fundraising Committee

  • Frank Fantasia
  • Juliane Pandolfo
  • Nicky Shargel
  • John Mariani
  • Julie Condron

Can I establish a permanently endowed, named scholarship in honor of or in memory of an individual?

Yes. We currently have more than 35 such funds in honor or in memory of an individual, or in the name of a group or organization. A list may be found below.

Records are kept of all donations made to the named scholarship, and the person or family is notified of each gift. A family or individual also has the alternative of establishing a named scholarship for a finite period of time, rather than being permanently endowed.

Named Scholarship Funds

  • Herbert Goff
  • Laurance Owen
  • Patricia Eberle Greene
  • Laurel Ingraham Haines
  • Leonor Rich
  • Margaret Hood
  • Medical School
  • Nicola G. Andon
  • Alfred R. & Katherine T. Meurling
  • John F. Murphy, Jr. & Mary E. Murphy
  • Michael Wade Rogers
  • Dr. Donald E. McLean
  • Antonio L. & Venezia Mezzacappa
  • Regina Mingolelli Pekoz
  • Class of 1962
  • Community Education Group
  • Karen L. Butt
  • Elizabeth Naven
  • WHS Science and Engineering
  • Muriel McTeague
  • Henry F. Quill
  • The Fortnightly
  • ENKA Society, Inc.
  • Winchester Savings Bank
  • Patrick J. McDonough, Jr.
  • Winchester Art Association
  • Lewis B. Thompson, Jr.
  • Wiliam Parkman Lodge
  • Class of 1960
  • The Pistorino Family Fund
  • The Harry E. Chefalo Memorial
  • Clara C. Bavuso Scholarship Fund
  • The Del Rossi-Capone Family
  • James Stowell Duffy
  • Sandra Sheppard Rodgers
  • Francis X. Finigan
  • Katherine B. Hood
  • Dr. Peter M. Mencher
  • Harold F. Meyer Trust
  • Melissa Mason
  • Robert and Elizabeth Gardner
  • Class of 2010
  • Charles J. Allen Class of 1956

How can I get involved?

Since 1945, the WSF has depended on the continuing personal and financial commitment of Winchester citizens like you. We invite you to contact any current board member for more information. Please visit our website or contact the Winchester High School Guidance Office for more information.

Contributions can be made to:

The Winchester Scholarship Foundation
Post Office Box 174
Winchester, MA 01890