Scholarship program enters 4th year

Recorder Staff
Sunday, February 25, 2018

WENDELL — For the fourth year, Dollars for Wendell Scholars is accepting scholarship applications.

Applications, available at the Wendell Free Library and at local high schools, may be filled out by any Wendell resident pursuing any accredited secondary education.

“It can be an older person trying to get their graduate degree, a younger person trying to get an undergraduate degree,” said Christine Heard, secretary of the Dollars for Wendell Scholars Committee.

“It can even be a high school senior,” Heard added.

Applications must include an essay of no more than 300 words detailing the applicant’s educational and career goals.

Heard said the committee is reaching out to schools, whose guidance counselors will let students know about the program.

To fund the scholarships, Heard said letters have been mailed to every Wendell residence asking for donations, and an online fundraising campaign will bring in more money.

Because the program is dependent on a fundraising campaign, Heard has no idea how much money will be donated in its fourth year. Last year, Dollars for Wendell Scholars raised $4,000.

“We only had four applicants and we were able to give each $1,000,” Heard said. “We’re pretty proud of ourselves.”

According to Heard, dividing the money up evenly last year “seemed right,” but the committee may decide to allocate money differently in the future, and it’s unknown how much each recipient will get.

“It’s still very new so we’re figuring it out as we go,” Heard said.

Heard, formerly the president of the committee, said she started the scholarship program because Wendell did not have one, while surrounding, and similarly small, towns like New Salem did.

The committee, Heard said, will ask for a semester’s report card as proof the recipient is pursuing secondary education. The application also asks about volunteer and work history.

Previous applicants are also allowed to apply, and Heard said she understands how much scholarships can mean to students.

“We’ve had someone who was going for his undergraduate degree and now he’s going for his graduate degree and he applied again,” Heard said.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, and the committee will reconvene to discuss winners and the allocation of scholarship money.

Applications must be sent to Dollars for Wendell Scholars, P.O. Box 232, Wendell, MA 01379. For anyone who wants to make a donation to the fund, checks should be made payable to “Dollars for Wendell Scholarships,” and mailed to the same address.