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Welcome to the NMRS Scholarship Foundation website.

For over 50 years the Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars to seniors graduating from North Middlesex Regional High School to further their education at technical or vocational schools, two-year colleges, or four-year colleges or universities.

Every student going on to pursue higher education at either a school, college, or university is eligible. Please note that the Foundation considers financial need only if indicated. We are looking for well-rounded students who balance their academics, school activities, as well as work and/or volunteer in and around their communities.

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Student Fundrasing
We ended door-to-door solicitations a couple of years ago. Instead, we hold events such as Canning Days and raffles throughout the year.  To help support the Foundation, we encourage students to volunteer 2 hours each year, starting with their Freshman year.  For every year they help, they receive points towards a scholarship during their Senior year.

We offer a variety of ways to volunteer including writing Thank You notes, creating posters/signs, helping with social media, selling raffle tickets, helping with student sign-ups for Canning Days and paricipating in Canning Days and other events.

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Raffle - NM Athletic Passes
The Foundation is raffling off two individual season passes for a variety of home games, including football, hockey, and soccer (a $100 value). Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased during lunches on Wed., September 14th and Friday, September 16th. Two winners will be drawn following lunch on the 16th.

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October Canning Day - Saturday, October 1st from 8am - 12pm

Students can sign up to "Can" outside of local business during lunches on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
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Our next general meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 7: 00 PM in room 1, at the high school. 

Many of our committee members are leaving after this year. We are looking for new members to help carry on the work of this extraordinary organization. We are also looking for folks who are interested in being part of the spring Selection Committee. Parents of Seniors may be part of the Board and regular Committee but they cannot participate in the Selection Committee.

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Thank you for the difference you make! - In 2016, we awarded $63,000 in scholarships to NM grads.


Donations in any amount are welcome at anytime. Donors may want to refer to the Tiered Options for Donors, outlined below.

Donate using the PayPal button, or mail to:

NMRS Scholarship Foundation
P.O. Box 715
Townsend, MA 01469

TO DONATE TO A SPECIFIC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  Indicate on the check if the funds are to be designated for existing Memorial Scholarship, or "Add special instructions to recipient" on the PayPal or credit card websites.  

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About Us

Our Background

Founded in 1964, the Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation activities are managed by volunteers, and membership is open to all adult residents of the towns comprising the North Middlesex Regional School District (NMRSD) (Ashby, Townsend and Pepperell, MA), and to NMRSD personnel. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of four officers and one to three general members, elected by the membership.

Officers of Board:

Heidi Stadler, President
Sue Boswell, Vice President
Dawn Whelpley, Secretary
Lisa Spagnolo, Treasurer

For more information on how to join or support our efforts, email us at scholarship@nmrsd.org.

How Funds Are Generated

The Foundation raises funds through generous donations from local businesses, corporations, civic organizations, community groups, memorial gifts and also through the annual Scholarship Drive. Students help to raise funds by participating in the annual Scholarship Drive (see Home Page). ALL STUDENTS, Freshmen through Seniors, are encouraged to participate.

This year, our Annual Drive will consist of these fundraising events:

  • Postcard Mailer – being sent to every business and residence in the towns of Ashby, Townsend, and Pepperell (starting in January 2016)
  • Canning Day – students collect donations outside of local businesses /Saturday, March 19, 2016

The NMRS Scholarship Foundation is expanding the ways in which students can earn volunteer/participation points throughout the year. Participation points are a part of how schaorships are decided. Students earn a point per year. By senior year, the student's points are tallied/weighed as part of the rubric used by the Scholarship Selection Committee, reflecting the number and types of ways the student volunteered for the NMRS Scholarship Foundation during his/her years at NM.

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

In August 2013 the NMRS Scholarship Foundation placed several Memorial Scholarship funds, which are a subset of the total funds, with the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM), with the intention of preserving and augmenting the principal of those funds.

 

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Application Process

Eligibility

Recipients must be graduating seniors from North Middlesex Regional High School.

Awards are based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, financial need and participation in the annual Scholarship Drive.

Students who have never participated in the annual Scholarship Drive may not be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on the amount of scholarship funds available. A student is eligible for more funds the more years he or she participates in the drive (in addition to other determining criteria).

Application

Attention NMRHS Seniors - Scholarship Foundation Applications Due April 8th!

NMRS Scholarship Foundation applications need to be turned in to Guidance by the end of the day on Friday, April 8th (this deadline is firm, no exceptions). If you did not pick up an application, you may also print one by clicking on the Application Process tab to the left. Filling it out is quick and easy. Don't miss out on an opportunity to earn money for the next chapter in your education following high school (school, college, or university). All high school seniors are encouraged to apply! Please note: applications will not be accepted after April 8th

2016 Scholarship Application

 

Selection Process

In May, a Selection Committee consisting of Foundation members (excluding those with a graduating senior) and at least one NMRHS administrator, reviews the applications to determine awards. Applications are presented anonymously (the guidance office removes names and issues numbers to the applications) to ensure that unbiased decisions are made.

Announcement and Distribution of Awards

In mid-May, students and parents/ guardians are notified by letter that the student will be receiving a scholarship at Senior Awards Night. The date of the awards night in late May is set by the school administration. Students are given a letter announcing the name of scholarship and the award amount at Senior Awards Night.

Students are strongly encouraged to acknowledge receipt of the scholarship by writing a thank you note to the scholarship’s donor.

Awards are distributed in mid to late summer after the student submits to the Foundation a tuition bill on the college’s letterhead that includes the student’s name and intended date of matriculation.

The tuition bill may be sent electronically to the Foundation’s email, or may be mailed to the Foundation’s mailing address (see Contact Us).

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Scholarship Drive

2016 Annual Scholarship Foundation Drive Changes and Announcements

This year, our Annual Drive will consist of these fundraising events:

  • Postcard Mailer – being sent to every business and residence in the towns of Ashby, Townsend, and Pepperell (starting in January 2016)
  • Canning Day – students collect donations outside of local businesses /Saturday, March 19, 2016

The NMRS Scholarship Foundation is expanding the ways in which students can earn volunteer/participation points throughout the year. Participation points are a part of how scholarships are decided. Students earn a point per year. By senior year, the student's points are tallied/weighed as part of the rubric used by the Scholarship Selection Committee, reflecting the number and types of ways the student volunteered for the NMRS Scholarship Foundation during his/her years at NM.

Learn more at our next general meeting, Wednesday, April 13th at 7: 00 PM in room one (1) at the high school. Hope to see you there!

How to Participate

Students in all grades are encouraged to particpate in the following events:

  • Canning Day – students collect donations outside of local businesses /Saturday, March 19, 2016

The NMRS Scholarship Foundation is expanding the ways in which students can earn volunteer/participation points throughout the year. By senior year, the student's points are tallied/weighed as part of the rubric used by the Scholarship Selection Committee, reflecting the number and types of ways the student volunteered for the NMRS Scholarship Foundation during his/her years at NM. Please contact the Foundation if you would like to learn about other ways to earn participation points.

 

 

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Schedules

Application Schedule/ Deadlines:

For more information, see Application Process

Applications are available now.

Application Due Date:  Friday, April 8th.  There are No Exceptions for late applications. 

Foundation Committee Meetings:

Our next general meeting is Wednesday, April 13th at 7: 00 PM in room one (1) at the high school. Hope to see you there!

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Contact Us

Please complete form below, or send an email to scholarship@nmrsd.org.

NMRS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
P O BOX 715
Townsend, MA 01469

Links

North Middlesex Regional High School

North Middlesex Regional School District

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

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