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.
Jill Lynne Shackett became a teacher in 2001 and taught at South Side School in Bristol, Connecticut. This fund was established in 2022 to honor the memory of Jill, who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 35, and to honor the students in the school that meant so much to her. An annual grant will be distributed to South Side School to provide awards to fifth graders moving up to middle school to assist with the transition.
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 programs primarily in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, with a preference for programs that enhance women’s sports, provide access to behavioral health programs in the schools and/or after school and summer opportunities for youth who need financial assistance.
Joann Galati established this scholarship fund in 2019 to continue her love of working with children and young adults and celebrate her joy of teaching. This scholarship will provide annual assistance to graduating seniors or graduates of Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing post-secondary education at a four-year college or university with a major in education. Joann wants to give students the opportunity to pursue a career in a field that gave her so much joy. A Southington resident, Joann spent 35 years in education before retiring in 1999.
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 & Girls Fund. Gloria and John lived their lives full of compassion and were committed to community service. Distributions from this permanent fund will advance the initiatives identified by the Women & Girls Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
This scholarship fund was established by members of the Walsh family and transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2011. In 2020 the scholarship fund was rededicated to also honor the memory of her husband John (Jack). It will provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors at Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing post secondary education at a four-year college or university.
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.
Established in 2001 by John Whitcomb’s wife Marian and his children, this fund honors his dedication to a lifetime in the teaching profession, as well as his deep concern for all of his students and his belief in the value and self worth of each individual. Open to graduating seniors and past graduates of Bristol Eastern High School with an interest in social studies and/or education and with consideration to an individual with potential who may be struggling to overcome difficulties.
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.
The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion is an organization that recognizes local athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters of athletics in Bristol. It all started in 1970 with Julie Larese whose love for Bristol and sports established this organization to recognize local sports figures. Julie was a philanthropist, humanitarian, and friend who gave his all to those around him and to the City of Bristol. He was known as “the big guy” who, although he looked like a giant, had a heart of gold.
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.
This fund was established to honor the short life of baby Kai Alejandro Yagual Betts who passed away at just four months old. Grants from this fund will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide support services to families who suffer an unexpected or untimely death of an infant under the age of two. Services may include: peer bereavement groups, burial/cremation financial assistance to low income parents, educational programs for medical professionals and other services to raise awareness of the effects of infant loss on families.
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 women graduating seniors from Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing a career in education. The scholarship will be awarded annually on a rotating schedule between the two high schools.
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.