Named Funds (P-Z)
THE JANET GATES PECKHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Sarah Hession-Kunz)
The Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts was founded by Carlisle townspeople led by Naoko Hague in 1983 on occasion of Mrs. Peckham's retirement from her 27 years career as outstanding music educator. This tribute provides the basis of the Fund which rewards excellence in these disciplines.
THE ALBERT L. & JUNE B. POWERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Katrina Schaaf)
CCSF Chairperson, Ken Anderson, presents certificate to Al Powers as Maybeth and Ed Sonn (CCSF Trustee & Assistant Treasurer) look on.
"Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of opportunity to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within."
- Steven Jay Gould (The Mismeasure of Man, 1981)
The David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund is being established to honor the life and contributions of David Prifti, long-time member of the CCHS art faculty and Past-Trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.
"David was an original thinker, a people person, a passionate artist, the best of friends to many people. He was a man who drew far outside of the lines, in the very best of ways. Energetic, inquisitive and exuberant, he delved into all aspects of his life with the same zest for exploration and community building. He excelled as a teacher as well as an artist, and made friends and connections wherever he went. To honor his memory, the student who receives the David Prifti Memorial Scholarship is chosen based on one, or more, of the following characteristics; community involvement, creative exploration, energetic pursuit of scholarly passion, peer outreach and group building, and stubborn determination in the pursuit of worthy but difficult goals. David would have been the first to congratulate the chosen scholars and to wish them the best for their journeys."
THE MARGUERITE PURCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Marguerite (Peg) Purcell to honor the memory of a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and community volunteer. An advocate of community service, Mrs. Purcell was actively involved in church and town affairs. Among her many contributions to the Town of Concord was the establishment of Picnic in the Park which has become a very popular and well-attended annual July 4 community celebration. In recognition of her years of service, Mrs. Purcell was named one of Concord's Honored Citizens.
THE NICK RESSLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Elanna Honan)
The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Nick's family and friends to honor the life of Nick Ressler. Nick was a promising student, artist, musician, athlete, and leader, when he lost a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 14 in 2001. Nick's education in the Concord Public Schools helped shape his life in very positive ways and nurtured his love of learning. To further other students' pursuit of knowledge, Nick's parents, Paul and Pam Ressler; sisters, Kim (CCHS '01) and Jen (CCHS '08); and Nick's friends and extended family established The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2005 to commemorate Nick's classmates' high school graduation year. Nick's family and friends hope that Nick's Renaissance spirit will continue to be recognized and remembered by awarding an annual scholarship to a four-year college or university for a local student who exemplifies Nick's pursuit of excellence in the arts, academics, athletics, and leadership.
Maura’s family and friends have established this scholarship in her memory as a tribute to her enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning and her dedication and perseverance in drawing out the best from her students.
The Charles A. Robichaud Fund was established in 1997 by his family to honor Al Robichaud, who joined the science faculty at Concord Carlisle High School in 1968 and also served as head football coach for 18 years. Al retired in 1997 after 29 years of service to Concord-Carlisle High School. Al's wife, Carol, and his five children, Jeffrey, David, Michele, Michael and Kimberly, and his many friends and supporters in the community of Concord have put together this fund as a tribute to Al's dedication to Concord students, both in the classroom and on the playing field, for so many years.
In 2013, Al Robichaud was inducted into the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments as a coach.
This scholarship in memory of James Shepherd pays tribute to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a brilliant engineer; a passionate educator; and a person dedicated to community service. He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, physics and math before earning his doctorate in engineering at Harvard University. While studying for his doctorate, Dr. Shepherd was an instructor of physics and communication engineering at that institution. Following graduation he joined Sperry Rand where he worked on radar development and later, as head of their new research center, oversaw the work of 150 engineers. Dr. Shepherd held no fewer than 17 patents for his work on radar and electronic systems. Dedicated to his family, he shared his love of travel, tennis, photography and chess with his wife, children and grandchildren. After retiring in 1972, Dr. Shepherd was also able to pursue his passion for teaching. Not only was he a computer science instructor for the Concord-Carlisle adult education program, but he also volunteered many hours as a consultant, teacher of teachers, and tutor at Concord-Carlisle High School. His counsel, initiative and instruction were instrumental in helping the high school develop its early computer programs and to equip its new computer labs.
As a result of his significant contributions to the community, Dr. Shepherd was named Concord’s Honored Citizen of 1987, an honor he shared with his wife, Annabelle, who was also recognized for her years of service to the Town of Concord.
FARNHAM W. SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipients: Clara Vierstra & Nicholas Wilbur)
Born in Concord in 1901, Farnham W. Smith attended the Concord Public Schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1920. He then attended Northeastern University where he received a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. Farnham then entered a family business and eventually took over management of the Blanchard Lumber Co., a wholesale distributor of lumber throughout the northeastern U. S. After World War II, he and his two brothers founded Concord Lumber Corp., which grew and prospered as a family retail lumber business, and is now owned by its employees. In 1958, Farnham founded Lincoln Management Corp., providing investment management for individuals and trusts. He actively managed this firm throughout the remainder of his life. Farnham had many other business interests, including the Maine Central Railroad, on whose board he served for 21 years. He and his wife, Susan, owned and operated Great Brook Farms in Carlisle, where they raised purebred Holstein-Friesian cattle and developed a premier bloodline for that breed. Farnham was also involved in community affairs, serving as Selectman in Concord and as a member of the Planning Board in Carlisle, where he lived from 1954 until his death in 1989. Especially interested in higher education, Farnham served more than 25 years a trustee of Northeastern University Corporation. His father, William Lincoln Smith, had been professor of electrical engineering at Northeastern for more than 30 years and Farnham funded a scholarship there in his name. Farnham's wife and family have established The Farnham W. Smith Scholarship Fund in his memory, in recognition of his love for his two "home towns" of Concord and Carlisle, as well as for his commitment to higher education.
This fund was established to honor the memory of David S. Soleau (1948-2008). He was a 1966 Concord-Carlisle High School graduate and a recipient of the Flag Award. A long-time resident of Concord, David had a deep joy for, and engagement with, life and learning. After completing his B. A. and M. Arch. degrees at Yale University, David focused his creative talents on architectural design for schools and universities in Massachusetts, the United States, and throughout the world. At the time of his death, David was President and CEO of the architectural firm, Flansburgh Associates, in Boston.
David lived life to the fullest and loved his family, his friends, nature, and the Town of Concord. Unless freezing weather prevailed, you could often see David exploring the Sudbury River in his modest fishing boat. The river was a constant source of wonder and enjoyment for him.
THE MARK TEVEROVSKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Gaetan Dupont)
In the summer of 1997, Mark Teverovsky, a Concord student enrolled at Tufts University, died unexpectedly. The Concord-Carlisle schools were a great influence in Mark's life, and many of his happiest moments occurred during his time there. His family and friends have established this fund in his memory. It is his family's hope that the scholarship be awarded to a student who may be interested in studying biology.
THE JEANNE A. TOOMBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Mary Goode)
Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1948, Jeanne Alice Toombs was the daughter of the late Enest and Agnes Toombs, sister of Linda Hossfeld and Kimberly Beach Flint. Jeanne loved music. While growing up in Concord, Jeanne organized carol singing at Christmastime with her sisters, Linda and Nancy, and neighborhood children, a tradition that continued for many years. A life-long resident of Concord, Jeanne graduated from Concord Carlisle High School in 1966, where she was an avid participant in many musical activities: accompanying soloists, choruses, and musicals and singing in chorus, select chorus, and madrigals. Jeanne graduated from William Smith College, and then was awarded a piano teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she earned her Master of Music degree.
THE VIDEO REVOLUTION, RALPH & ELLIE GROSSI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2016-17 Recipient: Norman Delorey)
The Video Revolution, Ralph and Ellie Grossi Scholarship Fund was established in early August, 2007, by the Grossi family and friends to continue to support community values and the youth of Concord and Carlisle in the absence of Ralph's direct contributions. Ralph had been battling cancer for the past two years while continuing to operate the store. Then in July, 2007, he was forced to close the store very quickly in order to spend his remaining time with family. On August 13, 2007, he passed away in the comfort of his home at the age of 58. The Concord-Carlisle community spirit he has enjoyed over the years and the overwhelming community outpouring of support and best wishes through this difficult time was the inspiration to create this fund. Ralph and Ellie want to thank their friends and patrons for their love and fond wishes.
Ralph, a.k.a. Mr. Movie, spent the last 16 years working the counter at Video Revolution, 97 Thoreau Street, in Concord, Mass. He was once described as a bar tender for those who didn't go to bars; marriage counselor; and VCR repairman who makes free house calls... all wrapped up in one person. He was friend, father figure, and confidant to the high school students he hired. He helped to promote good family values in them. He also promoted family values and education in his selection of the videos available at the store. And he has always selflessly given to others and supported community programs while accepting nothing in return.. the embodiment of true community spirit... he truly paid it forward.
Although Ralph and Ellie had no children, the Grossi family extends beyond the Video Revolution family. As part of Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services "Bridge Homes Program", Ralph and Ellie were house-parents providing safe haven to runaway and abused children at risk. Over the year that they participated in this program, countless children passed through their doors. Some stayed for only one night while others stayed for weeks. Ellie continues to work as a special education teaching assistant at the Nixon School in Sudbury, MA. She looks forward to the Video Rev legacy living on to benefit the students of CCHS.
The Harvey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by his wife and three children to honor his life and memory. Born on Elm Street in 1922, he was a life-long resident of Concord and was never far from there the rest of his life. Exceptions were serving as a pilot in WWII in the South Pacific. Also, as a young boy, several winters were spent in Wickenburg, AZ. He took great pride in leading the Patriots Day parade tall in the saddle, having spent those cowboy days riding in Arizona. His employment was also in Concord on Virginia Road with the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory Flight Facility.
Harvey enjoyed all the town traditions and activities. He was captain of the Concord Independent Battery and also served on the 350th Celebrations Committee, organizing cultural events. He was active with the CCHS Scholarship Committee and also a Trustee and Deacon of the First Parish Church. His good nature, friendship, and reliability were enjoyed by all who knew him.
His grandfather Harvey has a legacy establishing the West Concord community with a school named after him, a compliment to live up to. Harvey attended Trinity College which was cut short by his enlistment in 1941 for the war. He, unfortunately, never graduated. It is the Wheeler Family hope that this named scholarship will enable others to complete their college educations.
The Doug White Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by friends and family of Doug to honor his life. Doug grew up in Concord and graduated from CCHS in 1976. He was a quiet leader, tenacious, reliable, committed and passionate about whatever he set out to do; he never sought personal recognition, was an initiator of projects that he just thought needed to get done, and a huge sports fan, both as a player and as a spectator. He adored his family, his friends, and his town. He always had time for everyone and everything. For this reason, the Doug White Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to one female and one male graduating senior. Doug White Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who exhibit love of community through their service to their school and/or their town; a love of sports whether as an athlete or a fan, whose actions speak louder than words; and whose generosity of spirit and self is extended without desire or expectation of recognition.
(2016-17 Recipient: Maire Callahan)
THE CHARLES K. YEREMIAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In 1994, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund voted to establish this award in memory of Charles K. Yeremian, the head of music education in the Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle School District from 1945 to 1967. Very active in town and regional music and arts activities, Mr. Yeremian chaired the Arts Festival in 1968 that raised more than $10,000 for the Fund, its first significant capital contribution.
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