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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.

Lisa Edinberg,
Feb 10, 2017, 3:51 AM