Scores of Named Funds held as permanent endowments by The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle honor and memorialize friends, family members, and important civic and educational leaders in Concord and Carlisle. Income from these Named Funds form the core of the grants The Scholarship Fund awards each year to graduating high school seniors and in-college students. These Named Fund descriptions provide a glimpse into the remarkable and inspiring people for whom they were named.
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Abdirauf Abdullahi graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2006. He was the son of Somalian refugees and successfully completed high school, received a full scholarship to college, and was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity two months before starting his first semester. “Abby” was an exemplary METCO student who had taken advantage of the Concord-Carlisle education to catapult himself into success.
The Concord-Carlisle METCO director in office at the time of Abby's death reflected that "Abby was peace-loving, and a quiet leader." Abby pulled himself up by his bootstraps through recognizing that the bus he took to school every day would not guarantee him a college education and a prosperous future but that constant study, sweat on the basketball court, and help when needed were his keys to success.
The Abby Fund Board convened to fundraise to establish an endowed Named Fund in Abby’s memory. They hope that The Abby Memorial Scholarship will inspire current METCO students to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them by combining a hard work ethic with community involvement, aspiration, and everyday activism.
THE WILLIAM W. ANDERSON
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This fund was established by the family and friends of William W. (Bill) Anderson after his death in 1992. A lifelong resident of Concord, Bill graduated from Concord High School in 1942, where he played football and ran track, wrote the class poem, and was selected as the most-talented member of his class. He was the first Concord boy to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and in his honor the town held a "Billy Anderson Night."
Bill served as a Marine pilot in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, and was a civilian member of the Marine Corps Reserve. After the War, Bill married and pursued his life's calling: photography. For many years, Bill shot weddings and portraits, took aerial photographs of Concord, and was the proprietor of Anderson Photo on the Mill Dam in Concord. Always devoted to his alma mater, Bill was one of many Anderson graduates of that institution, as were his parents, Leslie and Esther, his wife, Mary, all four of his children, and four of his grandchildren. The William W. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Bill’s life work and his devotion to Concord.
THE JANET BABB
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This scholarship fund was established by the family, friends, former co-workers, and students of Janet Babb, a business teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School for 27 years before retiring in 1982. All remember "Mrs. Babb" for her many fine qualities: quick smile and generous laugh, outgoing personality, genuine interest in her students and love of teaching. Mrs. Babb taught her many students the useful skills of typing, shorthand, basic accounting, and business management. CCHS provided her two daughters with an excellent education. The Concord-Carlisle graduating class of 1962 dedicated their yearbook to Janet and in it wrote the following, "To Mrs. Babb, for her loyalty and helpfulness to each of us, for her undying and selfless energies and patience,... for her outgoing personality and sincere friendliness, for her answers to our problems and questions, and for her everlasting thoughtfulness, kind attentions, and sympathetic ear which we have so much appreciated and cherished...". The Janet Babb Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who desires to further her/his education in business administration..
THE BEAN FAMILY
The Bean Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 following the death of Cathie Bean, one of the four daughters of Cliff and Dorrie Bean of Concord, all of whom graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in the 1970's. It was created in the spirit of respect for the educators at Concord-Carlisle High School and their ability to encourage and guide students towards their full achievement during the high school experience, including academics, civic responsibility, athletic participation, artistic skills, and ambition to succeed in further education and to give back to their community or to the world community. The Bean Family Scholarship has no restrictions beyond the general prerequisites for awards from The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.
THE TRUDY BIERNSON
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This fund was established by the family and friends of Trudy Biernson, long-time Concord music educator, performer, and enthusiastic promoter of the performing arts. A complete description of this memorial fund will be posted soon.
THE KAY CHAMBERS
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.
THE ELEANOR WINSTANLEY CHILDS
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Eleanor Winstanley Childs Memorial Scholarship Fund was initiated by her family and friends to honor and commemorate Eleanor’s life.
Eleanor Winstanley Childs was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1917. Her passion was centered on education and sports. While attending West Tech High School in Cleveland, she was the first female athlete to receive a varsity letter on the men’s varsity track team as a sprinter. Later in life she became a superb golfer and won numerous championships both locally and at the state level. She also was able to “shoot her age” frequently; the first time Eleanor accomplished this goal was at age 72.
Eleanor worked for the Parma Public School System on the southern edge of Cleveland for 35 years and retired in 1965. She enjoyed being with all the students and would entertain family and friends with the stories of what the students were doing that day.
This Scholarship Fund was established to aid students interested in advancing their educations and who possess a good academic record, have demonstrated strong athletic performance, and who have established a strong work ethic.
THE CCHS CLASS OF 1962 JOHN F. DONOVAN
The Concord-Carlisle High School Class of 1962 established this scholarship in honor of their principal, John F. Donovan, who was principal of Concord High School and thereafter the Concord-Carlisle High School from 1949-1971, having come to Concord High School as vice principal after serving in World War II. He thought of his role of principal as being the teacher of teachers, making sure the school staff each had what they needed to serve every student. He made it his primary task to serve the well-being of the students as people and as learners. Some of the students referred to him as "Jolly Jack" for his dependable good humor, sympathy, and kindness. John F. Donovan was a constant presence in the life of the school, the students, their parents, and their teachers, among whom he had many friends and admirers.
THE CONCORD AND CARLISLE AUTHORS
The Concord and Carlisle Authors Scholarship is a Named Fund authorized by The Scholarship Fund Board in the spring of 2013. The Fund recognizes the contributions to the community made by the scores of prominent authors that live or lived in Concord and Carlisle, and the cultural enrichment their work brings to the towns. Donations to the fund will be used to offer a post-secondary scholarship to a student or students from the two towns who exhibit a passion for literature or writing and want to continue the study of literary arts.
THE CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL/CONCORD-CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Concord High School/Concord-Carlisle High School Alumni Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by action of the Board of the then-Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees upon receipt of gifts from the Concord High School Class (CHS) of 1954 and Concord-Carlisle (CCHS) High School Class of 2005, and later from the Class of 1962. This scholarship is an endowed Named Fund created to honor CHS and CCHS graduates, and is awarded to graduates of CCHS.
THE CONCORD WOMEN'S CLUB/RUTH BULLERWELL
The Concord Women's Club, after 113 years of existence in Concord, joined the West Concord Women's Club to form a new organization known as The United Women's Club of Concord. The Concord Women's Club was an active participant in The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle program for decades. During that time they gave multiple scholarships to deserving high school seniors.
It is with this rich history in mind that the Concord Women's Club endowed The Concord Women's Club/Ruth Bullerwell Scholarship Fund. Ruth Bullerwell was a long time resident of Concord. Born in 1917, she saw many changes come to the town and was always a supporter of the young people in our community. Ruth was the treasurer of the Concord Women's Club for many years; a founder of the Tri-Con Gift Shop in Concord Center and The Apparel Shop on Main Street; and an active participant in many organizations in town. When Ruth passed away in 2006, she left items to the Concord Women's Club to be sold and the proceeds to go to the club's scholarship efforts. These items indicated her interest in birds, nature, animals, arts and crafts. She was loved by neighbors, friends and family alike, and she was especially fond of children who responded well to her.
With the sale of Ruth's belongings and other donations given in her honor, the Club set up a permanent endowed Named Fund so that monies will be available for future generations of CCHS students.
THE MARY CONNORTON
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Mary L. Connorton was born in Concord on February 7, 1902. Mary was a second generation Concordian. Mary’s mother was Martha (Kenna) Connorton and her father was John Connorton. She attended Concord public schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1919. Following high school, she graduated from Miss Pierce Secretarial School in Boston. Miss Connorton worked as a secretary for the Walker & Company Wool Merchants in Boston for many years.
Mary had a sister Helen Connorton who died young at only 13 in 1917 during a flu epidemic. She also had a brother, John Connorton. Mary was a communicant and active member of St. Bernard’s Church in Concord. She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Sodality and a Charter member of The Catholic Daughters of America, Our Lady’s Court # 1116 in 1935.
Mary was also a member of Concord’s 300th Anniversary Celebrations Committee in 1935. Mary was an Incorporator of Emerson Hospital, a member of the Pro-Parvulus Club of Boston and she volunteered at the Thoreau Lyceum in Concord, during her retirement years.
Mary was a very tall and statuesque woman who was quite ladylike and always wore a fashionable hat to all social occasions. Mary had a generous and kind nature. Her lovely smile would greet all on many occasions. When she was younger, her uncle, Joseph Dee took her to Ireland and Europe with her cousin Margaret Dee. She fell in love with the country of her grandparents’ birth and enjoyed frequent travel to Ireland. Mary returned to Killeigh Parish, County Offaly to the home of her Kenna ancestors visiting cousins there frequently. She traveled extensively to many countries during her lifetime with friends and family.
She died on June 8, 1991 at the age of 89 in Concord where she lived her entire life. The last surviving member of a longtime Concord family, Mary left her entire estate to various charities, including The Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is honored to have established this memorial in her honor and that of her family.
THE GUIDO S. D'ASTI
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Guido S. D’Asti Memorial Scholarship was established by the children of Guido D’Asti to honor his life and memory. Guido was born in Italy and came to the United States at the age of 15 years and 10 months. He was a hard worker and an intelligent man who taught himself business and investing with which he became quite successful. Two of Guido’s grandchildren had excellent educations at Concord-Carlisle High School that prepared them well for college.
It is Guido’s children’s wish that this Scholarship be awarded to a recipient who is interested in a career in business and/or finance and has demonstrated a strong work ethic. Guido would be pleased to know that this scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to a member of the Concord or Carlisle community who shares his interests and his strong work ethic.
THE CLAIR DAY
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Clair Day Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Clair's family to honor the life of Clair Day. Clair touched the hearts of many people in and out of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). Clair is remembered as a kind friend who always helped others. One friend remembers Clair by saying, "Clair was an amazing person and one of the most generous, caring people I've ever met."
Clair expressed her love of the arts through ceramics, painting, writing, music and playing her beloved piano. She was also a dedicated student who received many awards from CCHS' English, social studies, and biology departments and was honored with High Honor Roll for three years. Clair's passion for community service inspired many others through her work with the Teen Buddies CCHS program, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, DeCordova Museum, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, and Emerson Hospital.
Clair's parents, Michelle and Anju and her brother Timothy, have established the Clair Day Memorial Scholarship Fund to commemorate her enthusiasm for community service and her devotion to learning and arts. It is the Day family's sincere hope that Clair's kindness, humility, loving nature, and commitment will continue to be recognized and remembered by awarding an annual scholarship and that her qualities will be honored and reflected in all recipients of this award.
THE CHARLES W. & NANCY I. DEE
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Charles William Dee, Sr. was born in Concord, Massachusetts on November 11, 1923, the first son of five children born to Agnes C. O’Dowd Dee and James H. Dee. A third generation Concordian, he was a descendant of industrious, hardworking Irish immigrants who came to Concord by way of Charlestown and Lincoln in search of good farmland. Charlie grew up working on his grandfather’s asparagus farm on Bedford Street, and to earn extra money he and friends gave tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on weekends.
Directly after graduating from Concord High School where he co-captained the 1942 football team under Coach Bernie Megan, Charlie enlisted in the World War II Army Air Corps and was stationed with the Eighth Air Force in Northampton, England. His 442nd Bomb Group, known as the “Carpetbaggers,” aided the French resistance in their fight for liberation, and their unit was later awarded the “Croix de Guerre” medal for acts of heroism. Upon returning from his overseas service, he attended and graduated from the New England Institute of Anatomy and, following family tradition, joined the Dee Funeral Home as a third generation funeral director in Concord.
Charlie met and subsequently married Nancy Sealey, a graduate of Burdett Business School in Boston. Married for 57 years, they shared a tremendous sense of family, faith, humor and civic responsibility. Nancy worked alongside Charlie as secretary for the Dee Funeral Home from 1947 until her retirement. They were a great team, serving families from Concord and surrounding towns.
Nancy and Charlie continued throughout their lives their active involvement in church and local civic groups such as Knights of Columbus, Sodality, Rotary, Concord Musketaquid and Rod & Gun clubs, and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Committee. They were life members of the Concord Antiquarian Museum and charter members of the Thoreau Foundation and Lyceum. Charlie served as Sealer of Weights and Measures for the Town of Concord and Veterans Agent, initiating the tradition of placing 13 star flags on the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Concord.
Charlie and Nancy received Concord’s highest honor as they were named the Town’s Honored Citizens in 1997, a tribute they accepted with humble appreciation and gratitude. Nancy died in 2004; Charlie died in 2012. They rest in peace in their beloved Concord in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
THE NORMAN E. AND JOAN M. DEE
Dr. Joan E. McHugh Dee, Ed.D. grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1951. She met her future husband, Dr. Norman E. Dee, Ed.D. at a skating rink in Waltham during the early 1950’s. Norman was a lifelong Concord resident who graduated from Concord High School in 1947, where he was Captain of the varsity basketball team.
Joan and Norman were the first of both of their families to go on to higher education. They felt that their education was a privilege and that they should set an example to the children in the Dee and McHugh families. They married in 1957 and made their home in Concord. They both worked as educators through out their lives. They may have been the first married couple to work in the Concord Public Schools; Norman taught 4th grade and Joan taught 3rd grade.
In 1956, Joan graduated from Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1959, she received a Master’s of Education from Boston University and in 1972 she received her Ed.D. in Educational Administration a Boston University School of Education. From 1956 to 1961, Joan worked as a teacher in the Natick Public Schools and from 1961 to 1970, she was a teacher in the Concord Public Schools. In 1971 she began her first job at BU as Assistant to the Dean. For the following four decades, beginning in 1973, she continued to serve at Boston University as Associate Dean of the School of Education. She retired from Boston University in 2011.
In 1956, Norman graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Elementary Education. In 1959, he received a Master’s of Education from Boston University, in 1962, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University, and in 1970, his Ed.D. in Elementary School Science at Boston University. From 1956 until 1965, Norman was a teacher in the Concord Public Schools. He began his career at Lesley College as an Adjunct Instructor in 1965 and moved through the ranks (Instructor, 1968-1969, Assistant Professor, 1970-1977) until his retirement as Associate Professor. In 2002, he became Professor Emeritus at Lesley College. He also served as President of the Concord Teachers Association and President of Phi Delta Kappa, Boston University Chapter.
Joan and Norman were devoted to their Catholic faith. Joan enjoyed collecting antiques and Norman was a Civil War buff. They traveled to Gettysburg and antiqued throughout New England.
THE ELAINE DiCICCO
This Scholarship was established in honor of Elaine DiCicco by Ed and Maybeth Sonn. Upon its establishment, Ed wrott, “Our three children, Paul '84, Kathryn '86, and Eugene '91, all had exceptional experiences at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS)... experiences that prepared them well for college and beyond. The course offerings and faculty were top notch. As parents we became very much aware of the tireless care, love, and dedication that Elaine DiCicco put into her life as Principal of CCHS for 25 years. She responded effectively and creatively to the challenges of the job and to concerns raised by parents, students, and teachers. When we heard that Elaine would be retiring we wanted to honor her with a Scholarship in her name as a continuing recognition for all she did for the students of CCHS. We are pleased that 175 other families have joined us as donors to The Elaine DiCicco Scholarship Fund, which has already provided assistance to two college-bound students from our community. Supporting the youth of our towns who need financial help to realize their dreams is a fitting, ongoing tribute to Elaine. We can all be proud of it.”
THE JOHN B. FINIGAN
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The John B. Finigan Memorial Scholarship Fund was initiated by his family and friends to honor and commemorate John Finigan's life and the many contributions that he made to his community.
John Finigan was born in Concord in 1922. He lived his entire life in the Town of Concord, with the exception of the years he spent in the Army during World War II, and he exemplified a spirit of community participation and leadership throughout his life. John served the Town of Concord on many committees, including the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectman; he chaired the 1975 Bicentennial Celebration Committee; and he was named Concord's Honored Citizen in 1999. He participated in oral history projects for the National Park Service and the Concord Free Public Library, and he always enjoyed talking with Concord students to share his memories of Concord. He was proud to tell anyone who would listen that he was a product of the Concord Public Schools.
Award preference is given to Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, positive peer leadership, and to those who have excelled in Junior State, the CCHS equivalent of the debate team.
THE WILSON FLIGHT
Named in honor of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) science teacher, Wilson Flight, this fund was endowed by a grant from The George and Roberta Berry Supporting Organization, will provide an annual scholarship of $4,000 in perpetuity.
Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Mr. Flight spent his formative years in Newfoundland, Canada before returning to Everett where he graduated from high school. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Geology. He then earned an M.S. in Geological Oceanography at the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. at Rivier College in Nashua, NH.
Mr. Flight came to CCHS in 1978 after teaching for five years at the Concord Middle School. During his tenure at CCHS he taught Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Most notably, however, he taught Earth Science, which he introduced in his first year at the High School. In 1992, Mr. Flight was a Finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and he was recognized by the Geological Society of America as one of the Outstanding Earth Science Educators in the United States. In 1993, he received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Award in the Teaching of Science. In 1995, he received Northeastern University's Distinguished Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Tandy Award for the Innovative use of Technology in the classroom, and he was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most creative minds in education in America. By the time he retired from full time teaching in 2004, the Earth Science program he had introduced had grown to 12 classes.
Mr. Flight firmly believed that the best way for students to learn Geology and Environmental Science was to get on site and directly view and experience the subject matter being studied. To that end, he led students on field trips to the Canadian Rockies, the American Southwest, Iceland, Africa, and Japan. Once a month for over 25 years, Mr. Flight would take groups of students hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, camping, sailing, kayaking, and rafting to every corner of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He would often be joined on these expeditions by his family and many colleagues who would chaperone and prepare meals.
For many years Mr. Flight also co-owned and operated the Down East Outdoor Education School, a non-profit venture based in Maine that provided educational trips during the summer for high school students. These trips provided a comprehensive understanding of the geology, history, and archaeology of the area. He also served for three years as a Trustee of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.
THE ESSIE GOLDEN
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Miss Essie Golden was born in Malden in 1905 and educated there. She spent much of her career as a buyer for Lever Brothers, and worked for the Nedell Mail Advertising company for some years until her retirement in 1969. She made her home in Concord from 1941 until her death in 1988. She had a deep interest in music, particularly in opera and ballet, and also enjoyed writing prose and poetry. In Concord she was an environmental activist who was instrumental in the purchase of the Swamp Brook land by the Concord Natural Resources Commission. Miss Golden left a generous bequest to establish this Scholarship Fund, received in 1990.
THE BOBBY GRAY
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Bobby Gray was a constant presence at Concord High School (CHS) and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) sports teams' games from the time of his graduation from CHS in 1957. His passion for the high school athletic teams manifested itself in many ways:
• His attendance at most games of significance, regardless of the venue.
• His “Rain Man-like” ability to recall the minutest piece of CHS/CCHS minutiae.
• His ode to Bernie Megin, legendary Football Coach at CCHS, entitled "Concord High School Football 1946-1952: A Success Story" (Copyright 1988).
• The countless people he touched by his care, concern, and interest.
The Friends of Concord-Carlisle Football, Inc., included the following testimonial in their 2005 program booklet:
"Bobby Gray was not only the biggest fan of CCHS sports, but he was also an active and involved member of our organization. Bobby attended almost every Board of Directors meeting since 1997. He was there to make sure that the "kids always came first" in everything we did. He was our guiding light. Bobby spoke fondly of his high school playing days and he wanted to do what he could to see that today's young athletes had similar or better experiences. Thank you, Bobby, for being there to guide us. We will miss you more than words can express."
THE MARGARET HAGGERTY
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Margaret Haggerty of Concord bequeathed her entire estate to The Scholarship Fund in 1991. In the 1840s, her grandfather, Patrick Haggerty, was one of the first people of Irish ancestry to settle in Concord, and Miss Haggerty was a third generation Concordian. Miss Haggerty attended Concord Public Schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1934. She then began her 42-year career with the New England Telephone Co. in Concord, retiring in 1977 as a switching systems designer after working at several of the telephone company’s offices; in fact, she was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Miss Haggerty was eager to leave a memorial to her family by establishing this Scholarship Fund.
THE TERESA ("TERI") D. HALE
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
THE WELLS A. HALL
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Wells A. Hall Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Concord-Carlisle High School in honor of Mr. Hall who, for 31 years, was Superintendent of Schools in Concord, Massachusetts. The scholarship is given to a senior who has met all, or most, of the following guidelines: has been a good student, has participated in interscholastic athletics, has shown evidence of interest in Concord-Carlisle civic affairs, has embodied some or all of Mr. Hall's personal qualities of intellectual honesty, leadership, pragmatic idealism and has lived his or her life in accordance with Mr. Hall's personal motto, "live with due regard for the rights of others."
Wells Albert Hall was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1877. He attended Brockton High School in Massachusetts and was graduated from Brown University in 1904 where he was a lineman on the varsity football team. He later received a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He moved to Concord in 1906 to teach chemistry, coach football and to act as sub-master of Concord High School. In 1907, he was elected to the position of Superintendent of Schools and carried out those duties until shortly before his death in 1938. During his lifetime, Mr. Hall gained nationwide acclaim as a progressive, sound educator. He combined this lifelong interest in academics with the ability of a strong, capable business executive. Together, these qualities enabled him to build and maintain a first-rate educational system for the town of Concord.
Shortly after Mr. Hall's death, one of his fellow educators wrote:
"He was one of the men engaged in the work of education who gave evidence in his daily life of the very highest ideas of public service. His devotion to the interests of the students was unfailing. He has left an impression, not only on the schools of Concord, but also on those of the State, that will be lasting."
This Scholarship was established by the Hall and Monaghan families in memory of Wells A. Hall to help perpetuate both the ideals for which he stood and the admiration which he had for the town of Concord and its students
THE ANTHONY HALLS - KEENAN SMITH
The Anthony Halls-Keenan Smith Scholarship Fund was permanently endowed by Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) alumnus Sam Presti (Prestigiacomo), the Vice President & General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team. Presti funded this scholarship to honor his close high school friends, Anthony Halls and Keenan Smith, who were participants in the METCO program at CCHS and who had a tremendous influence on his life. In particular, Hall's and Smith's work ethic, both athletic and academic, inspired Presti. The Halls-Smith Scholarship will recognize CCHS METCO graduating seniors who: possess good academic and attendance records and who have demonstrated a strong athletic performance.
THE THOMAS HART
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Tom Hart taught in the English Department at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) from 1985 until 2010. An expert in American literature, he reveled in teaching students the American classics, with his favorites including The Scarlet Letter, My Antonia, and The Great Gatsby. A lifelong reader of Thoreau, he agreed with Concord’s philosopher that “to affect the quality of the day” was “the highest of arts.”
Mr. Hart also coached the Girls’ Cross Country team for sixteen years, during which the team reached the State championships many times, finishing 4th in 2003 and 2nd in 2004: he was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2004. Himself a lifelong runner and marathoner, Mr. Hart enjoyed coaching the cross-country team not only for the challenges of competition but because he saw cross-country running as one of the friendliest of sports, exhorting his athletes always to obey two rules: Have Fun, and Make Friends.
Tom Hart participated in all aspects of life at CCHS, from serving as class advisor, to attending a myriad of sporting events, to acting in the faculty show and serving on the Concord-Carlisle Teachers’ Association negotiating committee. But he was best known for his dedication to his students and athletes, for his support of their strengths, and his ability to help them progress in areas in which they needed encouragement. He brought vivacity and a sense of humor to his decades of teaching, affecting positively “the quality of the day” for many, many people.
The Thomas Hart Memorial Scholarship is awarded with a preference for young women who demonstrate enthusiasm for cross-country running, scholarship, good humor, and friendship.
THE CHRISTOPHER HENTCHEL WIQH
The Christopher Hentchel WIQH Scholarship was created by his friends and family in memory of Christopher W. Hentchel, a member of the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Class of 2008 who died April 4, 2008, in a car accident only ten minutes from home. He was born at home in Concord on December 19, 1989, the son of Melody A. Orfei and David P. Hentchel, and the brother of Shaun Hentchel (Minuteman Class of 2006) and Dylan Hentchel (Minuteman Class of 2012). He attended public schools in Concord.
Chris' friends were engaged by his creative humor, warmed by his tendency to make everyone he touched feel accepted, and appreciative of his deep understanding of academic and real-world ideas. Chris was an energetic contributor to -- and talented announcer at -- WIQH, CCHS's student radio station, and loved music nearly as much as he loved people. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.
Chris had been accepted to several colleges, planning a dual major in communications and psychology, and it is the family and friends’ wish that future CCHS students have the higher education opportunity he missed. To that end, the Christopher Hentchel WIQH Scholarship is awarded based on financial need to a CCHS senior or graduate -- with preference given to those who participated in WIQH---planning to pursue study in the field of communications. If no otherwise qualified applicant plans to study communications, then the scholarship shall be awarded to an applicant aspiring to study psychology or, failing that, to any CCHS student deemed appropriate by The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.
We know that Chris would take great satisfaction in the knowledge that his legacy is helping another CCHS student to pursue dreams that they both shared.
THE SEITARO and SHINA ISHIHARA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND and THE TAMEJI and CHIYO YOSHIMURA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Tama and Jiro Ishihara were U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who, with their families, were interned in camps in this country during World War II. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was passed to compensate the surviving former internees $20,000 each for this wrongful internment. With this money, the Ishiharas established The Seitaro & Shina Ishihara and The Tameji & Chiyo Yoshimura Funds. These scholarships in their parents' names help deserving students continue their educations and educate the public in perpetuity about this action which was taken without due process of law and in violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Since 1991, The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle has been able to award several scholarships each year and to tell this story as a result of the Ishiharas' generosity. (See The Jiro and Tama Ishihara Memorial Scholarship Fund below.)
THE JIRO and TAMA ISHIHARA MEMORIAL
Jiro (Jiggs) Ishihara of Concord established a Named Fund in honor of his wife. Tama, who died April 25, 2005, who was a valued member of The Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2000 and continued her work as a Scholarship Fund volunteer until her passing. In 1988 Jiggs and Tama established two Named Funds in honor of their parents, Seitaro & Shina Ishihara and Tameji & Chiyo Yoshimura, who, along with all persons of Japanese ancestry, were interned by the U.S. Government. Each award is accompanied by a message that reminds students of this unfortunate action and conveys the hope that it shall never be repeated. (See The Seitaro and Shina Ishihara Fund and Tameji and Chiyo Yoshimura Fund descriptions above)
The photo of Tama is shown preparing a mailing during the March, 2005, The Scholarship Fund/CCHS National Honor Society annual phonathon, and the photo of Jiggs was taken at the 2012 annual Named Scholarship brunch thanking the benefactors and honorees of Named Funds.
THE VINOD JALAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In 1993 the Jalan Fund was established by Radha Jalan in memory of her husband. Dr. Vinod Jalan came to this country from India and lived in Concord from 1979 until his death. A doctor of chemical engineering, he founded Electrochem, Inc. His wife and two daughters established this fund with the intention that its scholarship be awarded to a female student, if possible a minority student, who may be, but is not necessarily, pursuing higher education in the sciences.
THE CASPER C. JENNEY and ELEANOR M. JENNEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Casper “Cap” Jenney established the scholarship fund in his name and the name of his late wife with a gift of $100,000 in 1988. His intention was that each year, four deserving graduates of CCHS – two female and two male – would benefit from a scholarship for college. Mr. Jenney, a Concord businessman and philanthropist, intended that academic superiority not be the sole criterion in awarding these scholarships.
Cap grew up in Concord and graduated from CCHS. As a young man he attended MIT and later enlisted in the Navy in during World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became a Lieutenant Colonel and served in the South Pacific, working on the construction of such things as troop barracks and bridges. When he returned from the service, he started his own building contracting business.
His company was very highly regarded, and it constructed many significant properties, including the Gropius House in Lincoln, designed by world-famous architect and founder of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius.
Cap was both very generous and very committed to the community of Concord. He gave to many charities and is even today one of the largest benefactors to date of Emerson Hospital. He felt education was vitally important, and he strongly believed in giving the community’s youth a good education. He provided internship opportunities for many local students from MIT and Harvard who were interested in getting practical experience while in college and in launching their careers.
THE DIANE KENNEALLY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Diane A. Kenneally was a 1980 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) who herself received scholarships from The Scholarhip Fund from 1981 to 1983 while a student at Boston College School of Nursing. After her death from cancer, her mother, Janet M. Kenneally, her brother, Stephen K. Kenneally, and her sister, Susan N. Walton, established this fund in her memory. Each year's recipient is a student planning to pursue a career in medicine at an accredited four-year institution.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Concord Council of The Knights of Columbus established this Scholarship Fund in 1996 on the 100th anniversary of its founding. It is intended as a permanent memorial to the men who participated in the charitable work of the Council and enjoyed the brotherhood it provided over one hundred years.
THE SALLY LANAGAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This Scholarship Fund was established by Sally’s family and friends to commemorate her enthusiasm and commitment to the Concord Community, the School System, and other organizations. Her devotion, positive attitude, kindness, and thoughtful nature were a source of inspiration to many of her friends and those who knew her and worked with her.
Sally with her strong sense of community was devoted to the Concord Community. She poured her limitless energy, persistence, optimism, and kindness into supporting an array of causes. She generously gave her time, efforts and vision to the Concord schools, co-chairing the Community Educational Symposium for Concord Schools, serving as class mother multiple times, hosting French exchange students, developing the Middle School Store, acting as Cub Scout Den Mother, serving on Parents Association Boards, and in countless other ways. Friends who worked with Sally through the years on an abundance of community projects had high praise for the quality and spirit she brought to everything she did. Many of those who worked on projects with Sally found it a pleasurable experience because she combined her sense of purpose with kindness, laughter, and respect.
Sally was an active member and leader of The Garden Club of Concord from 1993 on, where she served as chair of Membership, was a member of the Executive Board, and chaired Community Projects/Grants and Programs. Sally also dedicated well over 20 years to actively supporting the Concord Museum in multiple capacities including as a Trustee. Sally found special joy in decorating trees for the Museum’s annual Family Trees exhibit that supports their children’s programs. Over the years, Sally gave her time and energy to St. Bernard’s / Holy Family Parish, Princeton University, and twice co-chaired "Tastes of Our Towns" for Concord Family Service.
Sally pursued her passion for art and design by earning a Certificate of Decorative Arts at the Boston Architectural College and was the first graduate of the Certificate of Historic Preservation, Period Interiors program. She later applied her knowledge and talents in formal design founding her business, Porta Design, designing a room for the Lyman Estate’s holiday open house, and serving for many years on the Town of Concord Historic Districts Commission.
Family and friends were the most important part of Sally’s life. She had an innate ability to bring people together, and to reach out in quiet but profoundly effective ways to support her many friends with remarkable loyalty, energy, and generosity of spirit. Although she developed a broad community reach, she was centered by and found her greatest pleasure in her family.
THE ANTHONY (TONY) LOGALBO SCHOLARSHIP FUND
THE NORTON A. LEVY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Caption: The Scholarship Fund Associate Trustee, Kenneth Anderson, and former Brookline High School Math Department Chair, Mike Frantz, are shown next to their CCHS math teacher, Norton Levy
Norton Allan Levy completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago in 1948. He then attended the Harvard School of Education, receiving a Master’s degree in Teaching in 1950. Norton's first teaching job was at Sumner High School in Holbrook, MA, commencing an extraordinarily deep and influential engagement in mathematics education that continued for more than 50 years. Following short stints at Sumner and Acton-Boxborough High Schools, he began teaching at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in 1954 where he taught until his retirement in 1989, interrupted by a two-year stay as the head of the math department at Brookline High School. While at CCHS, Norton became involved with teachers at other local schools, such as Lexington and Lincoln-Sudbury, in organizing math competitions for talented students. This soon led to the formation of a seven-member math league. Norton was a central, indefatigable figure in promoting competitions at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
Pedagogically, Norton always sought ways to improve math education by individualizing - by finding a way to awaken each student's interest in the subject. One way was to assign long-term math projects on a topic chosen by the student. This could be a paper on a prominent mathematician or important breakthrough in math, or an attempt to create some original mathematics. Norton's students often remember these projects more vividly than any other aspect of their high school study of mathematics.
Throughout his career, Norton was a restless and persistent champion of quality mathematics education. His efforts and interest took him to the presidency of the Mathematics Teachers Association of Massachusetts; he wrote articles for the Mathematics Teacher, the foremost professional journal for secondary math teachers; he received a Ford Foundation grant that supported his work in bringing students into the community to see how math was used on the job; he taught a course in India to familiarize teachers there with the SMSG math curriculum; and he taught various courses at local schools and universities, including a summer program at Milton Academy to help talented high school students make the most of their gifts.
Distinguished as these accomplishments are, they are not the reason Norton was a great teacher. Norton loved math - loved doing math - and he had the knack for getting his students to consider the possibility that they love math, too. An astonishing number of them do.
THE CHARLES E. MANION, JR., MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In 1971, Anna Manion, a Trustee and Founder of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, and her husband Charles established this fund in memory of their son Chuck, who died in an automobile accident while studying Wildlife Management at the University of Maine. The interest from this fund is awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated worthwhile career plans and provided self-help to an exceptional degree.
THE ADRIAN A. MARTINEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Adrian's family to honor the life of Adrian Martinez, Concord-Carlilse High School (CCHS) Class of 2002. Adrian's humility, gentle and caring nature, and love of learning inspired the lives of all he met. He selflessly gave of himself to all who sought his help, whether academically as a gifted math student, or athletically as a champion distance runner. He cherished his friends and family and was loved universally. He led quietly and by example, both at CCHS and at Williams College, where he graduated with the Class of 2006.
Adrian's parents, Angel and Frankie, his brothers, Lucas and Julian, and his sister, Olivia, established the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund to commemorate his passion for distance running and his devotion to learning. It is their sincere hope that his kindness, humility, giving nature, sense of purpose and commitment and inspirational leadership will be reflected in all recipients of this annual award.
THE ELIZABETH A. MATTISON MEMORIAL
This Fund was established in 1994 by the children of Elizabeth A. Mattison: William E. (Jack) Mattison, Past-Trustee & Treasurer, Mary D. (Polly) Mattison, and Martha Mattison Curran.
THE ELIZABETH V. McALLISTER MEMORIAL
The Elizabeth V. McAllister Memorial Scholarship was established by action of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle Board in 2014 upon receipt of an unrestricted bequest made by Ms. McAllister, a Past Trustee and Treasurer of The Scholarship Fund during the years 1977-2000. Her devotion to the students of Concord and Carlisle and her generous support for the goals of The Scholarship Fund were legend.
THE BARBARA SCHIPS MILLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Caption:Elaine DiCicco (The Scholarship Fund Trustee), Madeleine Haff (First Recipient), Barbara Schips Miller, Elizabeth Haff, Henry Haff]
The Barbara Schips Miller Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by her husband Murray, her daughters Bridget and Amy, and her son-in-law Jimmy. It was designed to honor Barbara's years of passion for and tireless dedication to the students and families of the Concord-Carlisle School System. Her family wanted to pay tribute to the remarkable and exceptional woman whom they love.
Barbara was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. When she was only a year old, her parents immigrated to Montreal, Canada, where she spent her formative years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1968, after finding her passion in the field of psychology. She then earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill in 1973, and defended her thesis long-distance from Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon graduating, she was selected as the psychologist for Concord Public Schools, a position she held until 1987. In addition, she became the school psychologist for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, covering both areas for six years. In 1987 she made her final transition to Concord Middle School, concluding her work in the first and only school system she would serve in her distinguished career.
In the ensuing years, Barbara established herself as a gifted and compassionate psychologist, wife, mother, and friend. In addition to providing maternal support to her two daughters, she provided mentoring support to Tufts University graduate students pursuing degrees in the field of psychology. In 1998 she also was appointed as the Chairperson of the Special Education Department. In 2003, her home state honored her achievements by naming her as the Massachusetts School Psychologist of the Year. Shortly thereafter, she was named the President of the Massachusetts School Psychology Association (MSPA).
In keeping with Barbara's passion and enthusiasm for her field, this scholarship is awarded to a worthy graduating Concord-Carlisle High School senior who has demonstrated academic ability and who has a strong interest in pursuing studies in the field of psychology or its allied sciences. Her family feels that this scholarship is an appropriate way to show Barbara how much she is respected, admired, and loved by her family, friends, and peers. She left a lasting impression on the students and parents of Concord and Carlisle for over 35 years, and this Fund will ensure her legacy will continue for decades to come. Her family hopes that Barbara's past students and future scholarship recipients will accomplish as successful and rewarding a career and life as she established for herself.
THE MARY F. McHUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Mary F. McHugh Memorial Scholarship was established by action of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle Board in 2012 upon its receipt of an unrestricted bequest made by John E. McHugh in memory of his mother, Mary F. McHugh. He indicated that he was making this bequest in his mother's memory and "in fond memory of the wonderful education and my time as President of the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior class, and the wonderful memories from that period."
THE JANET GATES PECKHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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
The Albert L. & June B. Powers Scholarship Fund was established by The Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees in recognition of Al's contributions to the Concord-Carlisle community as a Teacher of Chemistry and Head of the Science Department at Concord-Carlisle High School and as a Trustee and long-time Treasurer extraordinaire of The Scholarship Fund.
As a college freshman in 1959, June was barred from her university's engineering math program by the Dean of Engineering who told her, "There's no place for women in engineering mathematics!" June ultimately earned a graduate degree in engineering and became an accomplished mathematician and CAD programmer/educator. In response, it is Al's hope that June's example and this award will be used to encourage women who aspire to careers in mathematics, science, or engineering.
"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
The David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the life and contributions of David Prifti, long-time member of the Concord-Carlisle High School (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 KATRINA J. PRZYJEMSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Katrina Joanne Przyemski Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Katrina's family to honor her life and accomplishments. After graduating from Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in 2000, Katrina studied Environmental Studies at Vassar College before earning a DPhil (PhD) in Philosophy from Oxford. At the time of her passing, Katrina was completing a second PhD at New York University. In addition to her academic achievements, Katrina had a passion for exploring the world and challenging herself physically through marathons, Tough Mudders, and other competitions. Katrina was keenly aware of the importance an education could make to someone's life, and the limited opportunity many people faced.
Katrina was exceptional - she was full of life, enthusiastic, determined, and well-respected by her family, friends, and her peers. She was accepting of everyone. Her humility, caring, sensitive and gentle nature and her love of knowledge were truly admirable. Katrina’s family hope that future scholarship recipients will be inspired by Katrina's legacy.
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 to the Town, Mrs. Purcell was named the Concord's Honored Citizen of 1989
THE NICK RESSLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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
THE MAURA ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Born in Washington, DC, Maura Roberts grew up in Massachusetts. Following graduation from college she taught in the Dracut Public Schools, the Virginia Beach, VA public schools, and Sea Pines Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina, before moving to Concord. From 1989 until her retirement in 2002, she taught English at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) where she distinguished herself as an outstanding educator. A master teacher and mentor to several new teachers in her department, Maura was respected and admired by her colleagues school-wide. According to a member of her department, “she was the standard bearer of excellence in teaching” who “demanded outstanding work from her most academically challenged freshmen and her highest-achieving seniors alike.”
Maura cared deeply about her students and constantly strove to find ways to engage them fully in the development of their English language skills while consistently challenging them to produce their best work possible. She particularly enjoyed working with students for whom learning was difficult and inspired many to succeed beyond their expectations. One of her former students said that “she taught me how to write a five-page analytical essay… and spent countless hours working with me outside of class on refining my writing skills.” Maura opened new worlds of interest and ideas to her students through the literature she taught, helping them to become more critical readers. She always had a suggestion for another “good read.” She spent hours correcting papers with meaningful notes to tell students how they could improve their writing and to praise them for what they had done well.
Maura’s family and friends 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 SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Charles A. (“Al”) Robichaud Fund was established in 1997 by his family to honor Al Robichaud, who joined the science faculty at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in 1968 and also served as head football coach for 18 years. Al retired in 1997 after 29 years of service to CCHS. Al's wife, Carol, and their five children, Jeffrey, David, Michele, Michael and Kimberly, and his many friends and supporters in the community of Concord put together this Scholarship 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
THE JAMES E. SHEPHERD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This Scholarship in memory of James Shepherd pays tribute to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; he was also 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 (CCHS). 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 1988, 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
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 Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. Farnham 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 as a trustee of Northeastern University Corporation. His father, William Lincoln Smith, was a 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 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
THE DAVID S. SOLEAU MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of David S. Soleau (1948-2008). He was a 1966 Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) 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 Bachelor’s degree and then Master’s of Architecture 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 MAYBETH FANDEL SONN SCHOLARSHIP
The Maybeth Fandel Sonn Scholarship was established in memory of Maybeth Fandel Sonn (1941-2009) to honor her passion for learning and to help students afford to pursue higher education and a life of learning and service to their communities. Each year this Scholarship Fund is awarded to a student from the Concord and Carlisle community who faces economic hurdles to pursuing higher education.
Maybeth was the beloved wife of Edward Sonn, whom she married in 1963. Together they moved to Carlisle in 1974 and lived there for 35 years raising their family. Their children, Kathryn Klickstein of Carlisle, Paul Sonn of Brooklyn, and Eugene Sonn of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, all graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School.
Maybeth was a librarian and a lifelong lover of books and learning known for her generosity towards those around her. A native of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Maybeth graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in history and received a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. She loved to read, especially to her grandchildren, and worked for many years as a librarian, beginning at the Emmanuel College Library and concluding at Carlisle’s Gleason Library, from which she retired in 1998.
She served as a volunteer reader to seniors, preschoolers and others who could not read for themselves. She could be counted on to show up at the home of a sick neighbor with a meal or invite those without family nearby to join hers for holidays. Whether it was driving elderly parishioners to church, preparing care packages for prisoners at MCI Concord, teaching Sunday school, or volunteering around Carlisle, Maybeth was always doing for others.
Maybeth also cherished flowers and gardening. She studied landscape design and operated a small business planning and tending gardens. She was never happier than when she was with her flowers. The St. Irene Parish gardens in Carlisle, which Maybeth designed and cared for, were later named in her honor.
THE MARK TEVEROVSKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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 established this Scholarship 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
Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1948, Jeanne Alice Toombs (Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Class of 1966) was the daughter of the late Ernest and Agnes Toombs, sister of Linda Hossfeld ('68) and Nancy Beach ('71), and aunt of Christopher Hossfeld ('98), Kimberly (Beach) Flint, and Emily Hossfeld ('01). Jeanne loved music. While growing up in Concord, Jeanne organized carol singing at Christmastime with her sisters and their friends, a tradition that continues today. A life-long resident of Concord, Jeanne 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’s of Music degree.
After a few years of teaching music at Douglas Elementary School in Acton, MA, she opened her own studio in Concord, teaching piano full time. Jeanne had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students of all ages for over three decades. Her chosen career allowed her to fulfill her loves of people, music, piano, and teaching. She created a safe, relaxed space for learning, with lots of laughter. Jeanne was a supportive, patient, and caring teacher who believed that music builds self-esteem, improves intelligence, helps form friendships, and places a student on a path of self expression, achievement and joy that lasts a lifetime.
The family and friends of Jeanne Alice Toombs established this Scholarship Fund after her death in 2008 to encourage other young musicians to pursue their careers in teaching and performance. Award preference is given to CCHS graduates who have avidly participated in the music programs at the High School and in the greater Boston Area, with particular consideration given to students with a demonstrated interest in music education or in the performing arts.
THE TRUSTEES SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Trustees Scholarship Fund was originally established as an endowed Named Fund titled the “Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund Trustees’ Scholarship, by action of the Board of the then-Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees in 1995. It was first awarded to two students in 2001. Upon the official change of the name of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund to “The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle” on January 1, 2016, the Trustees felt it appropriate to update the name of the scholarship to better reflect the new name of the organization, and on May 5, 2018, the name of the Fund was changed to The Trustees Scholarship. The Trustees Scholarship is awarded with preference to Concord-Carlisle High School graduates.
THE VIDEO REVOLUTION, RALPH & ELLIE GROSSI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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 two years while continuing to operate the Video Revolution store in Concord. 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 enjoyed over the years and the overwhelming community outpouring of support and best wishes through this difficult time was the inspiration to create this Scholarship Fund.
Ralph, a.k.a. Mr. Movie, spent his last 16 years working the counter at Video Revolution at 97 Thoreau Street, in Concord, MA. He was once described as a bartender for those who didn't go to bars, a 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 always selflessly gave to others and supported community programs while accepting nothing in return.. the embodiment of true community spirit... he truly paid it forward.
Ralph and Ellie always praised the local students who worked for them and said that they were "the best.” As proof of this, both current and previous students employees returned to volunteer their time to help liquidate the store. Without the support of these great up-and-coming young adults, Ralph and Ellie would not have succeeded. The students were overwhelmed by their tireless, selfless, work ethic over long hours and in the worst of times. Over the years there were nearly 100 students had the benefit of working for Ralph at Video Rev, and there was a waiting list of students. Ralph was greatly comforted by the knowledge that Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students would continue to be benefited by a scholarship fund in honor of his and Ellie's contributions to the community.
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 houseparents 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. After Ralph’s passing, Ellie continued to work as a special education teaching assistant at the Nixon School in Sudbury, MA. She joins Ralph in looking forward to the Video Rev legacy living on to benefit the students of CCHS.
THE HARVEY WHEELER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Harvey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his wife and three children to honor his life and memory. Born on Elm Street in 1922, he was a lifelong resident of Concord and was never far from there his entire life. Exceptions were when as a young boy he spent several winters in Wickenburg, AZ, and as a young man when he served as a pilot in World War II in the South Pacific. He took great pride in leading the Patriots Day parade in Concord sitting 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 Draper Laboratory Flight Facility.
Harvey enjoyed all the town traditions and activities. He was captain of the Concord Independent Battery and also served on the Celebrations Committee for the 350th Anniversary of Concord’s incorporation, organizing cultural events. He was a member of the Board of the then-Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund for 18 years kland 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 had the honor of having had a school in West Concord named after him (which later became the Harvey Wheeler Community Center) because of his role in building up the West Concord community first by establishing a harness factory there and then building houses for his employees to live nearby; this was a legacy that Harvey worked to live up to through his commitment to the town.
Harvey attended Trinity College but his college years were cut short by his enlistment in 1941 for the War. He, unfortunately, never graduated from college. It is the Wheeler Family hope that this Scholarship Fund named for Harvey will enable others to complete their college educations.
THE DOUG WHITE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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 Concord-Carlisle High School (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 these reasons, the Doug White Memorial Scholarship is 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
THE JOYCE T. WOODMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Joyce Woodman contracted polio when she was seven years old and spent four months in an iron lung. She survived, but the illness left her without the use of her right arm and very limited use of her left arm and hand. With the support of family, physical therapists, doctors, and friends, as well as her own inner strength and resourcefulness, she learned to compensate for her handicap. Joyce was self-reliant, upbeat, and resilient.
She attended Concord Public Schools for K-12, graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in 1965. She commuted from Concord to Boston University for four years, driving herself in a modified car that enabled her to steer with the help of her left leg, and graduated from Boston University College of Liberal Arts with a degree in the Fine Arts. She worked for the Concord Public Library in Special Collections for 27 years. Throughout those years, she won the admiration and respect of the library staff and all who came into contact with her. She valued history and antiquity and enthusiastically served on the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association board for many years.
Joyce loved her family and her dogs, and she had a deep appreciation for nature - especially, the changing of the seasons and the wind. During her lifetime, she traveled the world, including the Far East, Europe, and the U. S. She overcame her handicap with her "I can do it myself" determined spirit and love for life. After retiring from the library, Joyce became the primary caregiver for her mother. They lived in their 1830 farmhouse where she had grown up and lived her entire life. She served faithfully in that role until the end of her life in 2015. This scholarship was established by her brother, Byron Woodman, to honor her life and spirit.
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.