FUNDS

Dorothy Dewey Picard was a graduate of The Julliard School and was a well-known area music instructor for 64 years. In addition, she played in many area orchestras and was a founding member of the Bristol Symphony Orchestra. Upon her death in 1999, her daughter, Marcia White, established this scholarship to honor her mother’s lifelong love of music.

This fund was established in 2009 with a gift from Ralph and Linda Roland of Vermont, formerly of Bristol, in memory of their late son. This scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to applicants entering career training programs to achieve specific occupational goals.

Established in 2007 by Elizabeth I. Matt, a retired nurse, to assist students who need financial assistance to pursue education in the medical field. Mrs. Matt is most interested in support to students who have shown academic commitment as well as a true interest and passion for some area of the clinical medical profession.

This scholarship was established in 2004 by the children of Walter and Estelle Peterson at the request of their father. Estelle was the first police woman in Terryville and served as the town’s public health nurse for many years. The Petersons moved to Terryville after meeting during World War II when Walter was recuperating from a head wound and Estelle was the nurse.This scholarship will be given to a senior from Terryville High School interested in pursuing a career in nursing or a health-care related field.

This fund was established in 2015 by the friends of Eva Brodowicz Wickwire to honor her memory and all that she stood for. Before she passed away in April 2015 at the age of 53, Eva was the Chief Development Officer at Bristol Hospital where she was closely involved with the volunteers. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in the health care field.

This scholarship was transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2015 by GE’s Industrial Solutions in Plainville. Since that time, GE’s Industrial Solutions was acquired by ABB Industrial Solutions, and subsequently relocated to Bloomfield, CT. Scholarships will be awarded annually to eligible dependents of ABB Electrification’s North America Product Development Center in Bloomfield, CT.

Grace and Norma Joy’s nieces, Eileen Moylan, Lorry Belanger, and Donna Ricci wanted to honor the memory of two women who would have excelled in college if given the opportunity. Both Grace and Norma were lifelong residents of Bristol. Grace was an outstanding financial manager who utilized those skills for over 45 years at Marlin Rockwell of Plainville. Upon her retirement, she brought her remarkable accounting talents to the TRW Credit Union in Plainville.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

 

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, the first scholarship was awarded in the Spring of 2021, the year Katherine would have graduated from high school. An annual scholarship will be available to graduating high school seniors attending Southington High School with preference given to members of the Southington YMCA.

Established by an anonymous donor through an unexpected and generous bequest, the KAWFY Memorial Scholarship Fund will help residents of Southington who are pursuing post-secondary education. Some preference given to students who have a career interest in becoming an author.

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