1983: Jack Ware, founder

Jack Ware founder of the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.
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1983: Ruth Redding establishes first fund
with gift of $60K

Ruth Redding establishes first fund with gift of 60K to honor Ruth J. Bogan. Ruth Redding Memorial Fund.
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1983: Creative Living Award

Creative Living Award established. Marion Halperin and H. Stanton Lair are the first recipients.
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1984: Dr. David Rappaport Memorial
Scholarship Fund

To honor the memory of Dr. David Rappaport, the Rappaport family, established the "Dr. David Rappaport Memorial Scholarship Fund".
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1986: Mayhew-Nevin Memorial Fund

Created in 1945 and transferred to the Permanent Endowment in 1986, this fund honors two distinguished and devoted Vineyard physicians, Orland S. Mayhew and Clement C. Nevin.
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1989: Thomas H. Lee and Barbara F. Lee Scholarship Fund

Established in 1989 in the memory of Fin Miller, awards scholarships primarily to high school seniors planning to concentrate on biological and environmental studies in college and sharing the donors’ concern for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the environment.
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2002: Island Community Chorus Peter R. Boak Music Award

This award was established in 2002 to honor Peter R. Boak, Director of the Island Community Chorus and transferred to the Endowment in 2008. The award is given each year to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in the field of music.
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2006: Harriet N. Goldberg Fund

Harriet N. Goldberg, who was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, bequeathed a portion of her estate to address the physical and spiritual needs of the Island’s commercial seafarers...
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2007: Walter & Irene Dumais Scholarship

Through a bequest from Walter Dumais, this fund joined the Endowment at the end of 2007. Scholarships are awarded to seniors and graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School who are continuing their education.
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2008: Wendy Weisman Jenkinson Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund

Established in 2008 in memory of Island resident, Wendy Weisman Jenkinson, the Wendy Weisman Jenkinson Culinary Arts Fund provides scholarships to graduates of accredited schools on Martha’s Vineyard who have demonstrated a passion for cooking, a good academic record and good citizenship.
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2009: Lillian Hellman Recreational Fund

Established in 2009 through a bequest from the estate of Lillian Hellman, this fund supports recreational, leisure and educational activities for school age children on Martha’s Vineyard both after school and during the summer months. Preference is given to programs serving children from Aquinnah.
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2013: Keith A. Dodge Scholarship Fund

Through recommendations by the English Department of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), this award is given to seniors of MVRHS who excel or have a special gift in English or intend to pursue a major in English or related field of study.
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2014: $10,000 to Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee

In 2014 the Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard gave a $10,000 grant to The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee. The Gay Head Lighthouse Fund was established Dec. 3, 2013.
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2014: Beatrice Bennett Great Aspirations
Memorial Scholarship Fund

In 2014, Bella Bennett, Chair of the Endowment’s Alumni Scholarship Association, and one of The Endowment’s youngest philanthropists, established the Beatrice Bennett Great Aspirations Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of her mother, Beatrice Bennett.
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2015: George R. Yates and Margaret A. Yates Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Mrs. Margaret A. Yates established this fund to primarily serve students from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School pursue higher education in health-related fields such as nursing, pharmacy studies, medicine.
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2015: The Joy Fund Scholarship

In July 2015, Sarah Flanders and her sisters, Genevieve and Allison, established The Joy Fund, to honor their mother Joyanne Flanders, who taught special needs for many years at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.
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