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.