This fund was established in 2011 through a bequest from Elizabeth M. Tyrrell in honor of her husband, Jay W. Tyrrell. This fund provides scholarships to assist individuals from the greater Bristol area in pursuit of higher education in the field of art.
This fund was established in 2015 in memory of Jean Sorey by her family and friends upon her passing. In remembrance of her passion and love for her family as well as her resilience as a single mother, distributions from the fund will support single parents for immediate needs to better their families.
For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes drove commercial trucks, he loved his work, and truly had a passion for driving. This scholarship fund was established by his family to honor his memory upon his passing in 2015, after a hard fought battle with cancer. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual residing in Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott to provide financial assistance towards obtaining skilled training as a commercial driver or other skilled trade with preference given to those applicants seeking a commercial driver license (CDL).
This fund was established in 2013 in memory of Jill Lynne Shackett, a beloved teacher at South Side School in Bristol who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 35. This scholarship will provide assistance to students pursuing post secondary education at a four-year college or university with a major in education. The student must have a passion for teaching and the desire to become an elementary or secondary education teacher. Preference will be given to students who attended school in Bristol particularly at South Side School or Bristol Eastern High School.
Established in 2010 with a gift from Jim Frawley to honor the memory of his beloved wife Eleanor. Grants from this fund will support a variety of charitable causes to meet the changing needs of the communities served by the foundation.
This fund was established in 2013 by David Mills to honor the memory of his wife, JoAnn Mills, who passed away in 2013. This fund will support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.
This fund was established in 2011 by John and Susan Scarritt to honor Susan’s mother Gloria and honor the memory of Susan’s father John (Johnny D) DiFrancesco on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Year of the Women and Girls’ Fund. Distributions from this permanent fund will advance the initiatives identified by the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
To mark John Leone’s retirement in 2008 from the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber board of directors, with gifts from family, friends and businesses, established a fund in his honor. John committed a great portion of his career to public service and then later as the leader of the Chamber. This permanent advised fund will support charitable programs in the Greater Bristol community with some preference given to healthcare and youth-related programs.
Established in 2003 by Bob and Carolyn Fiondella in memory of Carolyn’s father John Brozinski, the fund was renamed in 2012 to also honor the memory of Anne Povilaitis, John's sister. This fund will support pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Bristol Hospital.
This fund was established by friends and family as a loving tribute to Mrs. Lazorik in 1980 following her death; it was then renamed in 2015 following the death of Doris' husband John. The Fund was transferred to Main Street Community Foundation in 1997 and is open to high school seniors from any of the three Bristol high schools to assist them with first year college expenses.
Transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School in 2004, this fund assists a graduating senior who is in financial need and is interested in post-secondary education at a two or four-year school.
This fund was established in 2001 by the family of John Whitcomb to honor his dedication to the teaching profession. This scholarship will assist a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School who is pursuing a career in the area of social studies/education.
Established in 2014, this Fund honors the memory of Julie A. Roche who passed away in December 2013 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Julie became a nurse in 1987 and spent her nursing career at Bristol Hospital. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college with a major in nursing. Applicants must have a passion for the nursing field and must demonstrate leadership skills along with good character and citizenship.
This trust, transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2007, was originally established in 1888 by Mr. Julius D. Bristol for the purpose of purchasing shoes for financially disadvantaged children living in Southington. This trust continues to support the back-to-school needs of financially disadvantaged children from Southington and is administered by Southington Community Services.
Susan Kalt Moreau, Ph.D., former* Superintendent for the Bristol Public Schools, created the Kalt Moreau Family Scholarship Fund together with her family to pay it forward in recognition of what others did for her. This scholarship fund will help to further the post-secondary educational goals for female graduating seniors from Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing a career in education. The scholarship will be awarded annually on rotating schedule between the two high schools.
*as of June 30, 2019
Kim Murphy, together with family and friends, established this fund in 2016 to honor the memory of his wife, Karen. Grants from this fund will support the emerging and changing needs of the communities served by the Foundation.
This immediate response fund was established in 2011 by the family and friends of Karen DuCotey, a beloved teacher who died unexpectedly at the young age of 31. Teaching first and second grades at Lake Garda Elementary School in Burlington, Karen’s passion for children was inspirational. This fund will provide grants to assist students attending Region 10 schools who may be in need of immediate assistance due to a particular life situation or unexpected financial hardship.
Established by Burlington residents Karen and Robert Finder in 2003 to support a graduating senior of Hartford’s Sport & Medical Sciences Academy who is planning to attend a two or four year college. Karen was one of the founders, and the first principal, of this Connecticut magnet school.
This scholarship fund honors the memory of Katherine Elizabeth Dobroczynski who passed away unexpectedly in 2013. Established in 2014 by co-workers of Katherine’s mother, Christina Dobroczynski, a scholarship will be awarded in the Spring of 2021, the year Katherine would have graduated from high school. The scholarship will be available to graduating high school seniors attending Southington High School with preference given to members of the Southington YMCA.
Established in 2008 from the estate of Mark J. Keating, this permanent scholarship fund will benefit students attending St. Joseph School in Bristol. Mr. Keating, who, in his will, established the scholarship fund was a proud alumnus of St. Joseph School who valued the benefit of his education obtained at the now 106-year old Catholic elementary school. Mark was devoted to his family and community. He was an unassuming man who left a legacy that encourages faith, family and community service for deserving youth for years to come.