Winchester Scholarship Foundation Gifts Record Amount to WHS Graduates; Applications now available

The Winchester Scholarship Committee (WSC) is pleased to announce they have awarded a record high amount of $434,684 in financial support to graduates of Winchester High School (WHS) for the 2016-17 academic year. All scholarships, ranging from $500 to $7000 based on need, provide assistance to students who graduated from WHS and are currently in college or graduate school.

A record total of 127 students were awarded scholarships by the WSF this past year, with a substantially higher total than has ever been awarded. Previously, the largest contribution stood at $384,000 given to 120 students for the 2014-15 academic year.

Of the WHS graduates who received scholarships for this year, $93,500 was distributed among 31 students expected to graduate in 2017;  $72,000 was granted to a total of 19 students in the class of 2018; $100,000 was given to 30 award recipients from the class of 2019; and $165,183 was distributed among 44 students to the class of 2020. One graduate student attending medical school received a scholarship in the amount of $4000.

The WSF would like to inform all graduating WHS seniors and current college students who graduated from WHS that WSF application forms are now available in the Winchester High School Guidance Office or online at winchestersf.org.

Applications are due on May 15th for graduating seniors and June 15th for students already in college.

The Foundation acknowledges the surging costs of higher education and strives to close the financial gap that may otherwise prevent Winchester High School graduates from attending the schools of their choice.

Eligible candidates must have:

  • Graduated from Winchester Public Schools (or alternatives as noted on the application form). Graduating seniors and former graduates who are in college or graduate school may apply.
  • Received an acceptance for further education at a school or college
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Displayed characteristics including ambition, service, good citizenship and extracurricular activities.

WSF is a voluntary, non-profit, tax-exempt organization funded primarily by Winchester residents and businesses. This past year, two significant donations were received, which contributed to the record high gift.  A WHS graduate and former scholarship recipient donated $25,000, stating that he wanted to reinvest his awards from fifteen years ago. In addition, a significant gift was given to the Mary Jean Welyman’s fund, established several years ago in honor of Jeannie.

The foundation is supported in large part by endowed scholarships in honor of Winchester residents. Each of our 48 endowed scholarship funds is instrumental in sustaining and growing our support for Winchester High School graduates.

Over the past five years, community contributions have allowed our Scholarship Committee to award scholarships totaling $1,881,133.

Anybody who wishes to start a scholarship is encouraged to contact the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. Individual donations, which are not part of previously established funds, are also accepted.

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Middlesex East features Winchester Scholarship Fund on 70th Anniversary

In an article titled “At 70th Anniversary, Winchester Scholarship Foundation has many reasons to celebrate” the Middlesex East featured the work of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. There’s an excerpt below. Read the whole article.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation (WSF), an organization that provides scholarships for Winchester High School graduates with the support of Winchester residents. Originally formed by the Winchester Mothers’ Association in 1945, the foundation began by awarding $150 scholarships to six recipients per year. In 2015 alone, 70 years after its formation, the foundation was able to donate a total sum of $378,950 to 120 new and former graduates of Winchester High School.

In the past 15 years, WSF has awarded 1,200 scholarships in excess of four million dollars to students who have graduated from Winchester High School. The foundation recognizes the widening gap between higher education costs and the ability of families to pay them and strives to provide assistance to those families.

In order to pay out that many scholarships, the WSF begins a mailing campaign after Thanksgiving. Through that they’ve established 46 endowed funds. They’re also about to receive their fourth donation from the Class of 1960. That class has also challenged other classes to donate, which spurred the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2010 to create a fund starting with $10,000.

Students of all kinds have received scholarships from the WSF. There’s no requirements and qualifications are need based. Students simply fill out an application each year. Though most go to four-year schools, scholarships are available to students who attend any accredited college or university.

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Winchester Star focuses on Winchester Scholarship Fund’s 70th Anniversary

The Winchester Star begins their feature on Winchester Scholarship Fund with a title focused on the numbers—”Winchester Scholarship Foundation awards $378,950 in 2015″—but goes on to reveal the human impact. Read the full article, or read the excerpt below.

In the past 15 years, WSF has awarded 1,200 scholarships in excess of $4 million dollars to students who have graduated from Winchester High School.

One such recipient, Michael Foley, of the Winchester High School Class of 2005, attests to the value of the foundation towards his career. A beneficiary of WSF scholarships throughout his four years in medical school, Foley received his medical degree from the University of New England in May. WSF also provided him with scholarships throughout his four-year undergraduate program at Boston University.

“The cost of medical school is significant, but there are very few scholarships available for med students,” said Foley, now a resident at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. “I’m incredibly grateful for the help that the WSF has offered over the years, as both an undergrad and a med student.”

Foley’s twin sister Meagan and older brother David, of the WHS Class of 2003, also benefitted from the foundation. Both students received four annual scholarships from WSF throughout their years of undergraduate school at the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University, respectively. Today, Meagan is an athletic trainer, and David is the new recipient of a Suffolk Law School degree.

For three years, WSF provided support for all three children at the same time.

“Since our twins were born, we have always realized the time would come to have three children in college at the same time,” said Anne Foley, Winchester resident and mother of the three graduates. “The cost of college tuition today can be very overwhelming. The generosity of WSF has certainly helped the process go easier. … As a 1971 graduate of Winchester High School and one of seven children, I am well aware of the great work done by WSF. I myself, and a few of my siblings were awarded scholarships that allowed us to attend and graduate from good schools. Because of the long-standing and solid reputation, the WSF is still available today to help my children.”

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