Michael Foley

Michael Foley, Winchester High School Class of 2005, pictured with twin sister Meagan (WHS Class of 2005) and mother Anne Foley (WHS Class of 1971), received his medical degree from the University of New England in May thanks to the assistance of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation (WSF), an organization that provides scholarships for Winchester High School graduates with the support of Winchester residents. Originally formed by the Winchester Mothers’ Association in 1945, the foundation began by awarding $150 scholarships to six recipients per year. In 2015 alone, 70 years after its formation, the foundation was able to donate a total sum of $378,950 to 120 new and former graduates of Winchester High School.

In the past 15 years, WSF has awarded 1,200 scholarships in excess of four million dollars to students who have graduated from Winchester High School. The foundation recognizes the widening gap between higher education costs and the ability of families to pay them and strives to provide assistance to those families.

In order to pay out that many scholarships, the WSF begins a mailing campaign after Thanksgiving. Through that they’ve established 46 endowed funds. They’re also about to receive their fourth donation from the Class of 1960. That class has also challenged other classes to donate, which spurred the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2010 to create a fund starting with $10,000.

Students of all kinds have received scholarships from the WSF. There’s no requirements and qualifications are need based. Students simply fill out an application each year. Though most go to four-year schools, scholarships are available to students who attend any accredited college or university.

Prospective applicants can print out an application form in the guidance counselor’s office or on the website www.winchestersf.org.

Treasurer Ted Lamson called the scholarships free money with no strings attached.

The amount of free money continues to grow ever year. 15 years ago, WSF gave out $154,500 in scholarships. For 2015-2016, the organization will grant $378,950. Lamson said it will only get bigger in the next decade.

That’s pretty amazing for an outfit that Lamson said is “not as well-known as it should be.” And compared to other local institutions such as the Winton Club and En Ka Society that’s probably a true statement.

Even still, thanks to the generosity of Winchester residents, the foundation has amassed enough money to dole out 120 scholarships for two years straight. The endowed funds are:

• Herbert Goff ($143,088 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Laurence Owen ($34,730 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Patricia Eberle Greene ($145,836 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Laurel Ingram Haines ($123,345 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Leonor Rich ($31,187 in net assets at the end of 2014))

• Margaret Hood ($100,882 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Medical School ($290,088 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Nikola G. Andon ($411,842 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Alfred R. and Katherine T. Meurling ($212,787 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• John F. Murphy Jr. and Mary E. Murphy ($24,101 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Michael Wade Rodgers ($439,662 in net assets at the end of 2014))

• Dr. Donald E. McLean ($44,777 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Antonio L. and Venezia Mezzacappa ($179,736 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Regina Mingolelli Pekoz ($69,854 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Community Education Group ($67,749 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Karen Lee Butt ( $37,907 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Elizabeth Naven ($9,123 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• WHS Science and Engineering ($19,036 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Muriel McTeague ($4,650 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Henry F. Quill ($43,364 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• The Fortnightly ($30,942 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• En Ka Society, Inc. ($283,522 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Winchester Savings Bank ($18,120 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Winchester Art Association ($36,368 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Lewis B. Thompson, Jr. ($36,631 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Class of 1960 (28,095 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Dr. Mencher ($9,020 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• William Parkman Lodge ($8,228 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• The Pistorino Family ($499,563 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Clara C. Bavusso ($181,718 in net assets at the end of 2014) - Those proceeds actually came from the sale of her house, as she left it to the WSF

• The Del Rossi - Campone Family ($31,066 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• James Stowell Duffy ($95,788 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• The Harry E. Chelfalo Memorial ($37,963 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Francis X. Finigan ($21,661 in net assets at the end of 2014) - Students created a scholarship in his name after he passed away (started the hockey team and former physics teacher)

• Sandra Sheppard Rogers ($25,913 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Katherine B. Hood ($7,720 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Miriam Reid ($12,905 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Melissa Mason ($192,660 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Class of 2010 ($10,000 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Mary Jean Welman ($20,425 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Charles J. Allen ($259,036 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Class of 1962 ($10,512 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Crowley ($10,000 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Class of 1963 ($3,000 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Chester and Muriel Dawes ($25,000 in net assets at the end of 2014)

• Patrick J. McDonough, Jr. ($18,457 in net assets at the end of 2014)

Outside of those endowed funds, the WSF has received anonymous donations and $3,000 each year from the Murphy Education Fund started by local lawyers. It all adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for those looking to further their education.

One such recipient, Michael Foley, Winchester High School Class of 2005, attests to the value of the foundation towards his career. A beneficiary of WSF scholarships throughout his four years in medical school, Foley received his medical degree from the University of New England in May. WSF also provided him with scholarships throughout his four-year undergrad program at Boston University. "The cost of medical school is significant, but there are very few scholarships available for med students,” says Foley, who is now a resident at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. “I'm incredibly grateful for the help that the WSF has offered over the years, as both an undergrad and a med student."

Michael’s twin sister Meagan and older brother David (WHS Class of 2003) also benefitted from the foundation. Both students received four annual scholarships from WSF throughout their years of undergrad at the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University, respectively. Today, Meagan is an athletic trainer and David is the new recipient of a Suffolk Law School degree.

For three years, WSF provided support for all three children at the same time. Their mother Anne, a lifelong Winchester resident says, "... Since our twins were born we have always realized the time would come to have three children in college at the same time. The cost of college tuition today can be very overwhelming. The generosity of WSF has certainly helped the process go easier... As a 1971 graduate of Winchester High School and one of seven children, I am well aware of the great work done by WSF. I, myself, and a few of my siblings were awarded scholarships that allowed us to attend and graduate from good schools. Because of the longstanding and solid reputation, the WSF is still available today to help my children."

When Anne Foley received her WSF scholarship in 1971, her award of $400 covered her total cost of tuition as well as her books. With today’s hiked tuition costs, financial support is more necessary than ever. WSF aims to help close the financial gaps that may otherwise prevent Winchester graduates from attending schools of their choice.

“Congratulations and thank you to the WSF for 70 years of helping students and families with their financial support that is so appreciated,” says Foley. “May the tradition continue for many years to come.”

WSF is a voluntary, non-profit, tax-exempt organization funded primarily by Winchester residents and businesses. Many have donated property or other assets in their wills or endowed a memorial or honorary scholarship in someone’s name. The effort is directed by an elected board of community members.

Eligible candidates must have graduated from Winchester Public Schools (or alternatives as noted on the application form), received an acceptance for further education at a school or college, demonstrated financial need, and possess characteristics including ambition, service, good citizenship and extracurricular activities.

This year, $102,650 was awarded to 40 members of WHS Class of 2015 alone. Students must reapply each year for a scholarship. For more information about Winchester Scholarship Foundation or to make a donation to this organization, please visit www.winchestersf.org

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