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  • Addicted.Org Scholarship
    Application deadline: July 1, 2023

    The website Addicted.org created this essay submission scholarship to both help students and to spread awareness on substance use and addiction recovery.  The 2023 annual essay topic is exploration of the ever-expanding use and the devastating effects of fentanyl.

    Applicants must be a full-time college student (12+ credits) and be 18 years of age or older.

    Find application details and essay guidelines on using the provided link.

  • College JumpStart Scholarship
    Application deadline: April 15, 2023

    The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition— financial need is not considered—that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.

  • Fred W. Wells Fund Scholarship
    Application deadline: March 20, 2023

    The Fred W. Wells Trust has been assisting with funding higher education for students in Franklin County since 1946.

    To be eligible, students must:

    • have resided for at least two years in one of the following towns: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe, or Shelburne.
    • be studying, “agricultural or mechanical subjects…or one of the regularly recognized professions” at an accredited college or university.
    • submit a completed application, official transcript from their current school, and a letter of recommendation.
  • UMassFive College Federal Credit Union PVC/MCUA Annual Scholarship Program
    Application deadline: March 3, 2023

    The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Cooperative Credit Union Association’s Scholarship Program is accepting applicants for eight $2,000 scholarships and one $1,500 Cooperative Credit Union League scholarship to be awarded in 2023.

    In order to apply, students must:

    • Be a member, or have a parent/guardian who is a member of one of the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.
    • Be a high school senior who will be enrolled in an undergraduate college degree program during the 2023-2024 academic year.
    • Carefully review and complete all requirements in the application instructions.
  • The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
    Application deadline: February 28, 2023

    The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts strives to provide financial assistance to students living in Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, to help achieve a college credential. Their 140 different programs award over 1,000 individual scholarships annually, equating to approximately $1.4 million invested in Pioneer Valley students.

    This scholarship program is open to:

    • graduating high school seniors
    • students already graduated from high school
    • students who have earned a GED/HiSet
    • full-time and part-time students
    • undergraduate and graduate students

    Application period runs January 1 – February 28, 2023.

    For further details visit: https://communityfoundation.org/faqs/#scholarship-fund-faqs

  • Big Y Scholarship Program
    Application deadline: February 1, 2023

    Big Y® Foods, Inc. is one of the largest, locally owned supermarket chains in New England. A family-owned and operated corporation, Big Y has represented excellence in the food industry since 1936.

    In tribute to both its employees and its customers, Big Y offers an annual scholarship program. Established in 1981, the program includes a series of scholarships which honor Big Y’s founders; the late Paul H. D’Amour and his brother, Gerald D’Amour. Big Y awards over 300 scholarships annually, totaling more than $250,000.

    All Big Y scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement. They are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in the Big Y market area. There are awards for both traditional and nontraditional students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Jean Simmons Nursing Scholarship

    The Greenfield Community College Jean Simmons Nursing Endowed Chair Fund is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for individuals interested in a nursing career. The endowment funds annual scholarships for individuals to support seamless education progression in nursing.

    Individuals eligible for these scholarships are:

    • Certified Nursing Assistants/Home Health Aides who have been accepted and enrolled in the GCC Practical Nursing Certificate Program
      Application deadline DECEMBER 17, 2022
    • Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses who have been accepted and enrolled in the GCC Associate Degree Nursing Program
      Application deadline FEBRUARY 1, 2023 or SEPTEMBER 1, 2023
    • Registered Nurses who are graduating from or are graduates of the GCC Associate Degree Nursing Program and have been accepted and enrolled in an accredited RN to BSN program beginning in the fall
      Application deadline MAY 2, 2023

    Scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals who complete the application requirements and are selected by the scholarship committee. Funds will be paid directly to the educational institution where the recipient is enrolled (scholarship money will not be directly awarded to the student).

    Application requirements include:

    • A 250-500 word personal essay about your educational and career plans
    • A current resume
    • One letter of recommendation from an employment supervisor
    • For RN to BSN applicants — Current RNs must submit proof of acceptance to a BSN program followed by proof of enrollment in the program. Current ADN students must submit a preliminary letter of acceptance to a BSN program followed by proof of enrollment in the program.
  • Lost Coin Women’s Fund

    The Lost Coin Women’s Fund Scholarship was set up to help women living in Massachusetts improve their quality of life by providing funds to assist in undergraduate studies or vocational training programs. See application for more details.

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