Jennifer Marlin congratulates a scholar.

The annual scholarship award ceremony is always well attended.

Jeff Rose congratulates a scholarship recipient.

The annual scholarship award ceremony takes place at the Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs.

Jennifer Marlin congratulates a scholarship recipient.

These funds are part of the Endowment’s permanent assets

Dr. Clement N. Amaral and Vera E. Amaral Scholarship Fund

This fund is designated for graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School pursuing careers as dentists, dental hygienists, nursing or dental laboratory technicians.  Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need with secondary consideration given to scholastic achievement.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Bagehot Backs Building Skills Fund

Established by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, this scholarship is open to Island residents of all ages pursuing training in careers of design, fine craftsmanship and building skills, not necessarily in an institute of higher learning or college.  This includes, but is not limited to, the study of architecture, engineering, woodworking, metalworking, masonry, painting, interior and landscape design, as well as the building trades.  Special consideration will be given to descendants of trades people, craftspeople or professionals who work or have worked on Bagehot Backs (the donor’s Island residence), although being such a descendant is not a prerequisite.  Preference may also be given to applicants taking up their mother’s or father’s building craft, and to those intending to make their homes and careers on Martha’s Vineyard.

Beatrice Bennett Great Aspirations Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established to support high school graduates from both the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School (college bound or otherwise), who need financial assistance to pursue their post graduate goals. The donor hopes to inspire students to pursue traditional academic, and/or nontraditional studies, including, for example, alternative programs such as Outward Bound, or the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Blankenship/Hughes Scholarship Fund

Established by the Ruth B. and Robert H. Hughes Charitable Annuity Trust, this essay scholarship is awarded to a senior of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School who best answers the question: “How can I help improve the quality of life on the Vineyard?” Essays should not exceed two pages.

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.

Walter and Irene Dumais Scholarship Fund

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.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Alfred F. Ferro and Arthur T. Silva Scholarship Fund

This fund awards scholarships to two high ranking seniors who have been students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for all four years.  The awards are informed by recommendations from the Guidance Department of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Rusty Flack Scholarship Fund

Established in 2012 by his friends and family, this fund memorializes Rusty’s love for the Vineyard, faith in God, and the pleasure he derived from music. This fund supports students who are parishioners of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church who exemplify Rusty’s work ethic, dedication to community service, and enthusiasm for life. Special consideration will be given to students who are pursuing their higher education studies with a focus in music.

Harriet N. Goldberg Fund

A portion of the funds available from the Harriet N. Goldberg Fund is awarded in scholarships for students pursuing educational programs relating to maritime careers.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

The Harriet N. Goldberg Fund also awards scholarships for students enrolling in Coast Guard Master Captain’s License courses.

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.  Applicants must have their primary residence on Martha’s Vineyard and be a student of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School, a private secondary school or home schooled.  This scholarship requires the Island Community Chorus Peter R. Boak Music Award application form.

Wendy Weisman Jenkinson Culinary Arts 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.  Applicants must be pursuing further education at a culinary school and preference is given to those showing promise as a chef.

The Joy Fund (hybrid)

In 2015, Sarah Flanders and her sister, Genevieve, established The Joy Fund to honor their mother, Joyanne Flanders, an extraordinary teacher of Special Education.  This hybrid scholarship and grant fund funds scholarships for special needs students on the Island, and those seeking advancement in the study of Special Education.  In addition, this fund may award grants to nonprofit organizations, which focus on service to the special needs community here on the Island.

Thomas H. Lee and Barbara F. Lee Scholarship Fund

This fund, established 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.  Preference is given to students with a cumulatiave grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts

Betty Ann Lima-Bryant Scholarship Fund

Named in memory of Betty Ann Lima-Bryant, this fund supports an Island resident who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and who has an active interest in human rights and the welfare of others.

Anne Madeiros Kent Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in 1991 through a bequest by George Albert Kent in honor of his wife, Anne. Though priority is given to a male student preparing for the Roman Catholic priesthood, if there is no such applicant, the funds are awarded to a high school senior that has been a resident of the Vineyard for at least four years and demonstrated his or her ability to benefit from higher education. Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Mrs. Agnes Mello Scholarship Fund

With assets from the estate of Edward C. Mello, the Mrs. Agnes Mello Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 to support a Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student continuing studies in the medical field, particularly nursing.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  This scholarship is awarded every other year and multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.  Candidates for a Mrs. Agnes Mello Scholarship will be considered for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Dr. David Rappaport Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Rappaport family, to honor the memory of Dr. David Rappaport, established this fund to provide scholarships primarily to graduating seniors or recent graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High school pursuing careers in medicine and health care.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.   Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

James S. and Violet M. Rego Scholarship Fund

Since 1982, this scholarship fund has supported graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School who have lived on the Vineyard at least four years and who are seeking careers in therapy, medical services or other educational programs that benefit the disabled or handicapped.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Caroline A. Secor Scholarship Fund

Designated for graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, scholarships from this fund are for students pursuing careers in the field of health care with priority given to those working to become registered nurses.  Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need with secondary consideration given to scholastic achievement.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Albridge C. and Margaret Righter Smith Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000, this scholarship fund supports students with a special interest in the environment and/or community service with priority given to graduates of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

The George R. Yates and Margaret A. Yates Memorial Fund

With a generous bequest, Mrs. Margaret A. Yates established this fund named for her husband and her, to provide scholarships to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School graduates for college level education, especially for those pursuing health-related fields such as pharmacy and nursing.

Scholarships

The Permanent Endowment awards scholarships each spring to Island residents seeking to further their education. Each of the scholarship funds administered by the Endowment has its own specific guidelines and eligibility requirements.  To determine if any may be right for you, please review the information for each scholarship fund. You should indicate your preferences on our application checklist. Although students are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as are appropriate, generally only one scholarship will be awarded to a student. If you qualify, the Endowment may consider you for a scholarship you have not selected from the checklist as well. The Permanent Endowment’s application checklist includes the requirements for applying for support from all of the Endowment’s funds and must be included with your scholarship application materials.

All scholarship applicants must submit an application and the required supporting materials to the Endowment by the posted deadline.

For more information

Contact us at 508-338-4665 or by email, below.

Other scholarship funds

These funds are supported by annual contributions.

Embarking Peacemaker Fund

This scholarship fund was created in November 2010 by the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council and supports a high school senior graduating on the Island who demonstrates a commitment to working for peace consistent with the Mission Statement and By-Laws of the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council and attested to in their scholarship application.  The Mission Statement of the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council states, “The Peace Council is an organization devoted to fostering nonviolence, justice, and peace in our hearts, within the Peace Council, in our Island community, in our nation, and throughout the world.  It encourages people to pool their diverse experiences and ideas for the development and delivery of initiatives that put our shared commitment to peace into effective action.”

Lumina/Darrell College Scholarship Fund

Annual gifts from seasonal Vineyard resident Norris Darrell and the Lumina Foundation for Education provide the funds for scholarships for students from low income backgrounds.  Preference is given to those who are the first in their family to attend college, whose primary language is not English and who have overcome a handicap or challenging background to pursue further education.  More weight is given to these factors and financial need than to class rank and community service.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded in varying amounts.

Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank Scholarships

The Permanent Endowment evaluates applications and provides recipient recommendations for the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank scholarships program.  Three scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000, are awarded to students graduating from an accredited school on Martha’s Vineyard who have a strong academic record, a good chance of completing college, demonstrated need and a strong connection to the Vineyard.  The awards are distributed in two equal payments over two years with payment in the student’s second year of college contingent upon receipt of evidence of at least a 2.0 GPA as well as a letter of enrollment.

Our Island Club Scholarship Fund

Our Island Club, which provides year-round residents with discounts on Vineyard products and services, donates 20 percent of its membership fees to Vineyard charities and to Island high school seniors entering college.  The Our Island Club scholarship is awarded to a Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School or Martha’s Vineyard Charter School senior pursuing a four year college degree program.  The scholarship is awarded first, based on financial need and second, based on academic performance.  Preference is given to students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

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