The Kay Chambers Scholarship Fund was established by Kay’s loved ones to honor her many devoted years as a guidance counselor and department chair at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS).

Kay was born into a close-knit farming family in central Illinois, where she acquired the strong Midwestern values that shaped her character and served her well throughout life. She was educated at Illinois State University, taught high school English in the Chicago area for a time and then applied for graduate school at Boston University. When her application was denied, she jumped into her car, drove 1,000 miles to Boston, walked into the admissions office at BU and explained why she was qualified to study there. She was accepted on the spot!

After completing her graduate work, Kay settled in the Boston area and spent the next 30 years guiding and mentoring the students of CCHS and working with her colleagues to create the finest possible educational environment. Kay’s knowledge, compassion and interpersonal skills made her an outstanding and well-loved counselor. Those same qualities made her an excellent and highly respected department chair for four years.

Kay retired in 2005 but continued to volunteer her time at the High School for several more years. She moved to Arizona in 2013 with her partner Alan Silverman, where she enjoys gardening, long walks and socializing with neighbors, family and friends.

The Kay Chambers Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student. It is hoped that recipients of this Scholarship will be inspired by Kay’s example of professionalism and service and her passion for helping others.