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2017 Scholarships to Westborough High School Students

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:06 PM by Lisa Edinberg   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 3:50 AM ]


Westborough Education Foundation 2017 Scholarships

The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity, and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students. This year, WEF will award two $500 scholarships. In order to be considered a candidate, you must be a Westborough resident who is a senior in high school and plans to attend college. The winners of the $500 scholarships will be seniors who best show a passion for learning and furthering their education, as determined by the WEF scholarship committee.

 

The WEF scholarship application is available for students who meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Westborough resident.
  • You are in good academic standing.
  • You have proof of acceptance to a college, trade or business school.
  • You are an individual who seeks to better themselves through continuing education and you contribute to your community as well as through involvement in extracurricular activities.

Interested candidates can pick up an application at the following locations:

 

 

 

The WEF scholarship committee will determine which student best meets the WEF criteria. The scholarships will be awarded at the Westborough High School graduation ceremonies

Application Process for Grants is Underway!

posted Dec 15, 2016, 10:44 AM by Lisa Edinberg

March 10, 2017, grant proposals are due at the assistant superintendent's office, for approval. The grants committee will then congregate to review the applications, notifying the recipients of grant awards by late April. A May Awards Breakfast is planned to celebrate and award the recipients of the 2017-18 Westborough Education Foundation grants. 

Join Your Friends at The Trivia Bee October 24!!

posted Oct 15, 2015, 9:16 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 9:15 AM by Lisa Edinberg ]

Everyone is Buzzing about the 9th Annual

Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee

Quick, can you answer this trivia:  “What is a great way to spend a few hours with your Westborough friends and neighbors as you exercise your brain, your civic pride, and your silly bone, all while supporting all six Westborough Public Schools?”  The answer is easy:  bring your family to the Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee on Monday, October 24th  at 6:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  Who will be this year’s Trivia Bee Champs?  The Central One-ders will be back to defend their title.  Come cheer on your favorite team!

The Westborough Education Foundation is planning for a fun-filled event that will challenge teams to bring forth their best and brightest to compete in the contest.  As in past years, the Bee will feature questions about New England sports, popular culture, government, science, the arts, literature, and Westborough history.  In addition to the Trivia Bee entertainment, there will be kids’ activities, silent auction items, raffles, food and music.  Back again this year, the award winning Westborough High School (and WEF grant recipients) will be demonstrating their robots.  Sure to be a hit with the kids!

The Trivia Bee is the Westborough Education Foundation’s largest single fundraiser. More than 600 people attended last year’s Bee! The Trivia Bee event is open to the public.  A $5 donation per person ($20 family cap) which includes pizza, drink and dessert is accepted at the door that evening.  The 2015 event raised more than $17,000 to support educational grants to teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools. The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.  Grants totaling over $14,000 were awarded in 2016 for creative and innovative programs and events.

Sponsoring the Trivia Bee is a great way to show your commitment to education.  Sponsors can use their own trivia buffs or request a team from the schools and community to represent them. Neighborhood groups, local businesses, and non-profit community organizations are all welcome and encouraged to sponsor a team.  For information about teams, please contact Maureen Johnson:  maureenj1@verizon.net,

See attached form below to sponsor a team.

We look forward to seeing you at the Trivia Bee on October 24, 2016.  For more information about the Trivia Bee and the Westborough Education Foundation, please go to www.westborougheducationfoundation.com .

The Westborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support to foster excellence and innovation in education in Westborough.  

Westborough Education Foundation Grants Awarded

posted May 29, 2015, 9:59 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 10:38 AM by Lisa Edinberg ]

The Westborough Education Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $14,000 for the 2016-17 school year. Please join us in congratulating the recipients and commend them for their dedication to make learning fun for our children!

 

Since its inception, the Westborough Education Foundation has awarded over $350,000 in grants to innovative educators across all grade levels in the Westborough School District. 

 

Save the date: The Ninth Annual Trivia Bee has been scheduled for Monday, October 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The List of Winners:


Westborough Education Foundation 2016-17 Grants Awarded

Total $14,000

 

Poet in Residence

Armstrong: Kelly White $1600

Mr. Green of Potato Hill Poetry will be the Poet In Residence at Armstrong School for a month.  The purpose of this project is to enhance the existing 3rd grade poetry unit.  Mr. Green’s love of words, detail, imagination and teaching are an inspiration. Students will be more engaged in their poetry exploration and creation with Mr. Green.   They will be able to use new strategies and techniques.

 

A STEM Initiative: Celebrating Science Day at WHS

WHS: Dr. Anu Deshpande $550

The WHS Science Club will host a town-wide Science Day at WHS.  The objective of this program is to stimulate excitement about science and engineering (STEM) among students of all ages and hopefully encourage students to follow a career path in science, technology, engineering and math.  The program will include a keynote speaker and workshops geared toward specific grade levels.

 

Moving and Learning

Hastings PreSchool: Cheryl Goodale, Kimberly Weldon $381

Physical development, social development and communication are cornerstones of the preschool curriculum, and the playground is the perfect place to facilitate learning through play.  This grant will provide additional play choices for children who are mobility impaired and will facilitate a more complex play schema and promote exploration, creativity and problem solving.

 

Bringing Learning to Life through Animation: Make a Video: Amazing Animated Video Maker GoAnimate

Gibbons Middle School: Mark McNeil, Julie Leach $626

The purpose of this project is to continue to utilize GoAnimate as an exciting storytelling application that is being used in Social Studies, skills and reading classes and with the ELL population.  GoAnimate allows students to make their own animated cartoon with moving characters, voiceovers and text options.  Students can use this to explain important moments in history, science concepts or events in an English story.  GoAnimate can be used to create biographies, original stories, historical events, songs, PSAs and much more.

 

Ukuleles for the Elementary Music Classroom

Fales:  Pam Yanco $1923.5

Ukuleles will be introduced in general music classes. After learning a few simple chords, students will be able to strum many songs and also be able to sing while playing.  These instruments will benefit all students at Fales.

 

Homework Helpers: Volunteer Tutoring and Academic Help

Westborough High School: Grace Cheng $350

Homework Helpers provides academic support to Gibbons Middle School students and Grace hopes to promote a positive learning environment.  This grant will support marketing, software to enrich the learning experience and scheduling processes that will allow Homework Helpers (group of HS students) to provide academic support to a larger group of Gibbons students.

 

African Tubano Drums

Mill Pond:  Jessica Matthews $1100

Circle drumming and world drumming provide students the opportunity to learn about world cultures and music in highly experiential, kinesthetic ways.  They will learn to appreciate the meaning and need for music around the world while also improving coordination and musical understanding.  These drums will benefit all grades.

 

Bee Bot Programmable Robots

Armstrong: Barbara Zinkovich $750

Bee Bot programmable robots will be incorporated into the library’s learning centers to provide STEM related enrichment.  The robots will help students learn sequencing, directions, coding and planning which will provide an introduction for coding and other robotics programs.

 

K-3 Dulcimers at Hastings

Hastings:  Jessica Matthews $ 1950

Dulcimers will be introduced in general music classes to all students.  Dulcimers are easy to play, but can also allow for more advanced and multi-level learning in the music classroom.  Students will learn to strum harmonies, practice keeping a steady beat and practice reading and writing their own music.

 

Best Buddies Leadership Conference

WHS:  Thomas Jacob, Connor Schoen, Angelina Corazzini $1050

This grant will allow 3 people from WHS’s Best Buddies Chapter to attend the 2016 Leadership Conference this summer.  Through participation at this conference, WHS will bring back fresh ideas and improved leadership skills to expand and invigorate the Best Buddies club at the HS which is one of the most active clubs.

 

Drum Circles for the Elementary Classroom

Armstrong:  Karin Puffer $1862

A drum circle is an interactive and collaborative experience for students to promote multicultural learning, develop motor skills, build self confidence and social skills and engage them in science and math in different ways.  These new drums will be available to all students in K-3 at Armstrong.

 

WHS Science Olympiad

WHS:  Paris Ghazi, Dr. Anu Deshpande $750

The purpose of this student driven team is to promote and sustain an interest and excitement for science and engineering.  Science Olympiad presents a vast range of subjects for students to engage in and put their skills to the test and interact with teams from across the nation at competitions.  This grant will help fund the cost of materials, as well as costs associated with the competitions.

 

Ranger Tech Squad

WHS: Steve Masciarelli, Pam Hebert, Julie Leach $760

WHS student interns will work with the Technology Department to implement a student help desk to provide increased technical support to students and staff during school hours.  As the schools introduce the 1 to 1 device initiative, it is necessary to support this type of learning environment.  The Tech Squad will help to quickly resolve technical issues and increase uninterrupted learning in the classroom.

WEF Offering 2017 Scholarships to Westborough High School Students

posted Mar 26, 2015, 6:02 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 3:51 AM by Lisa Edinberg ]

Westborough Education Foundation 2017 Scholarships

The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity, and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students. This year, WEF will award two $500 scholarships. In order to be considered a candidate, you must be a Westborough resident who is a senior in high school and plans to attend college. The winners of the $500 scholarships will be seniors who best show a passion for learning and furthering their education, as determined by the WEF scholarship committee.

The WEF scholarship application is available for students who meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Westborough resident.
  • You are in good academic standing.
  • You have proof of acceptance to a college, trade or business school.
  • You are an individual who seeks to better themselves through continuing education and you contribute to your community as well as through involvement in extracurricular activities.

Interested candidates can pick up an application at the following locations:

The WEF scholarship committee will determine which student best meets the WEF criteria. The scholarships will be awarded at the Westborough High School graduation ceremonies.




The Westborough Education Foundation Awards Two $500 Scholarships


The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 WEF Scholarships.  The recipients are Westborough High School graduates, Emily Saylor and Aric Zhu.  Emily plans to attend The College of William and Mary with hopes to pursue some sort of service oriented or counseling based career.  Northeastern University is where Aric plans on double majoring in Public Health and Biology.  Congratulations Emily and Aric!  WEF wishes you and all the WHS 2016 graduates continued success in their studies.

The scholarships were established for Westborough High School students who exhibit strong leadership qualities, are passionate about learning and have demonstrated creativity and innovation.  These scholarships are not soley based on academic achievement but for students who go “above and beyond” and reflect the spirit and mission of WEF.  This year, applicants were asked to submit a one page essay describing a school-related club or program that they have been involved in that has inspired you - OR- describing a program that they would like to see in the Westborough schools that is creative and innovative and would inspire students to learn and grow.

Emily has been inspired through her involvement (as a Director) with Best Buddies, an international organization dedicated to the inclusion and integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in friendships, the work force and daily life.  Through this, Emily has learned that students with disabilities excel in other areas.  As a member of Best Buddies, Emily helped bring “Spread the Word to End the Word” program to WHS to help students develop an awareness and see how their actions and words affect others.  As a result, students with disabilities are treated much better and there is a more inclusive social setting at WHS.  

A new creative and innovative program that Aric proposes at WHS is a Photography Club.  Since not all students can take the Digital Photography elective at WHS for one reason or another, this new club would offer students the ability to enjoy creative art and gain a different perspective on life, nature and beauty.  He would like to inspire students to see the world through a new lens, be present and appreciate life every day.  There was a very qualified group of applicants who are clearly passionate about learning and hope to further their knowledge and service by continuing their education.  We wish all the 2016 graduates the best in their future academics and endeavors.

The Westborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the Westborough public schools.  WEF is dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students.  Our purpose is to support grant awards for innovative initiatives that are above and beyond the base curriculum requirements and are outside the scope of the Westborough School Department’s budget.  WEF supports academic programs at all levels of education across many disciplines including math, science, literacy, the arts, technology, history, and physical education.  These grants allow teachers and administrators to develop and implement innovative programs that are not covered by the regular school budget.  Since its inception in 1997, WEF has awarded over $340,000 in grants that support programs that benefit students in all grades.  For more information, visit WEF’s website at www.westborougheducationfoundation.com

If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact the Westborough Education Foundation, Maureen Johnson at maureenj1@verizon.net.


Let Amazon.com Donate to the Westborough Education Foundation Via Your Purchases........

posted Dec 3, 2014, 7:00 AM by Todd Sullivan

Want Amazon to contribute to the Westborough Education Foundation? Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Westborough Education Foundation as your charity and .5% of every purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will go to helping fund innovative programs at the Westborough Schools....

Trivia Bee a Huge Success!!!!

posted Nov 6, 2014, 12:30 PM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 10:16 AM by Lisa Edinberg ]

On Monday, October 24, 2016, the 9th Annual Trivia Bee took place at the DoubleTree hotel. Hundreds of local residents packed the event and helped the Westborough Education Foundation raise over $18,000 for their mission to support innovative teachers and programs in the Westborough Schools.  In May the Westborough Education Foundation awarded Westborough educators over $14,000 in grants for the 2016-17 school year. 

Westborough Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

posted Oct 3, 2014, 4:12 PM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Oct 3, 2014, 10:14 PM ]

The Westborough Education Foundation Awards Two Scholarships


The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 WEF Scholarships.  The recipients are Brendan Mitchell and Elizabeth Simmons.  Brendan is attending University of Sussex in Brighton, England and majoring in International Relations.  In addition to English, Brendan speaks fluent Spanish and French and will be studying Russian and Mandarin.  Ellie is studying at New York University in the Liberal Studies Program.  She has not declared a major yet, but will be studying the Humanities in general.  Ellie would like to study English Literature and minor in film or creative writing.  WEF wishes Brendan and Elizabeth continued success in their studies.


This is the first year that the Westborough Education Foundation has awarded two scholarships to graduates of Westborough High School.  The newly funded scholarships were established for students who go “above and beyond,” exhibit strong leadership qualities, are passionate about learning and have demonstrated creativity and innovation.  


The Westborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the Westborough public schools.  WEF is dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students.  In addition, our purpose is to establish a permanent fund to support grant awards for innovative initiatives that are above and beyond the base curriculum requirements and are outside the scope of the Westborough School Department’s budget.  WEF supports academic programs at all levels of education across many disciplines including math, science, literacy, the arts, technology, history, and physical education.  These grants allow teachers and administrators to develop and implement innovative programs that are not covered by the regular school budget.  Since its inception in 1997, WEF has awarded over $250,000 in grants that support programs that benefit students in all grades.  For more information, visit WEF’s website at www.westborougheducationfoundation.com

If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact the Westborough Education Foundation, Maureen Johnson at maureenj1@verizon.net.




Who Will Win Bragging Rights at This Year's Trivia Bee?

posted Sep 17, 2014, 6:14 AM by Todd Sullivan

Who holds bragging rights as the 2013 Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee Champions?  It is the team sponsored by Ball Financial, represented by Selectmen, George Barrette, Tim Dodd and Ian Johnson. “The Westborough Board of Selectmen look forward to another exciting Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee,” stated Ian Johnson from the Board. “As reigning champions, we look forward to the friendly but intense competition offered by the other teams, all in support of the tremendous work done by the Foundation in supporting the Westborough schools.”   Who will be this year’s Trivia Bee Champs?  

The 7th Annual Trivia Bee will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  More than 600 people attended last year’s Bee!  There is no school the following day, so the WEF expects another record turnout.  

The Westborough Education Foundation is currently recruiting teams and planning for a fun-filled event that will challenge teams to bring forth their best and brightest to compete in the contest.  As in past years, the Bee will feature questions about New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history.  In addition to the Trivia Bee entertainment, there will be kids activities, silent auction items, raffles, food and music.

The Trivia Bee is the Westborough Education Foundation’s largest single fundraiser.  Last year, the event raised more than $16,000 to support educational grants to teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools.  WEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support to foster excellence and innovation in education in Westborough.  The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.  Grants totaling over $19,000 were awarded in 2014 for creative and innovative programs and events.

Sponsoring the Trivia Bee is a great way to show your commitment to education.  Sponsors can use their own trivia buffs or request a team from the schools and community to represent them.   Neighborhood groups, local businesses, and non-profit community organizations are all welcome and encouraged to sponsor a team.  For information about teams, please contact Maureen Johnson:  maureenj1@verizon.net.



SAVE THE DATE!!!

posted Sep 12, 2014, 11:14 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 8:32 AM ]

SAVE THE DATE!

Monday, November 3rd 6:30PM (No School Tuesday)

Doubletree Hotel


Westborough Education Foundation

Seventh Annual

Trivia Bee

&

Silent Auction and Raffle


Join your friends, teachers and neighbors in a battle of wits.

Trivia Categories include Arts and Literature, Math and Science, Westborough History, Sports.

Teams from local businesses, organizations, neighborhoods and schools

$5 donation includes pizza, drink and dessert.


All proceeds fund educational grants to Westborough teachers for innovative programming.


The Bee is Back!  The Westborough Education Foundation hosts its SEVENTH Annual Trivia Bee on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  Teams of three will compete in a fun-filled evening of trivia on topics including New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history.   The winning team will be given community bragging rights and a trophy.  As always, teams are very much encouraged to let their personalities show and dress in costume to vie for the “Best Spirit” and “Best Costume” awards. 

A donation of $5 per individual or $20 per family includes admission, pizza, drink and dessert.  The fun-filled night features music, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, featuring sporting event tickets can be won. Speaking of kids, be sure to bring them – there is no school the following day!  Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution will lead kids’ games and activities in between trivia rounds. 

Proceeds from the event fund a variety of grants to teachers and staff across all of the Westborough schools.  The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.   The Trivia Bee is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort and brings together many groups from the community for a highly spirited competition.

If you want to sponsor a team, please contact Maureen Johnson at maureenj1@verizon.net

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