Faculty Innovation Grants is our flagship program. Since its inception in 2007, one hundred and ninety-one teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, and club advisors have received grants of up to $1,000 each from FOCRLS for innovations that have enhanced learning and supported students from across every department — from biology to photography, fine arts to culinary arts, special needs programs to author visits and audiobooks, cultural and service learning experiences from Boston to Turkey, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic. Click link for a list of all Faculty Innovation Grants awardees from 2007 through the 2017/18 school year. Read articles on faculty grants from the Cambridge Chronicle on 12/29/2011, 1/19/2012, and 6/7/2012.

Faculty Distinction Awards give seniors each year the opportunity during graduation ceremonies to choose and celebrate the teachers and staff who have made the most significant contribution to their learning and growth while at CRLS. Since 2007, forty-eight Faculty Distinction Awards have been presented.  Read about the 2018 Faculty Distinction Awardees here.

Unsung Heroes Awards are given to outstanding students who are selected from nominations by teachers and deans for their emergence as achievers, based upon academic progress, improved attendance, citizenship, stewardship, and athletic leadership during the previous term. In the years since this program was launched in 2008, over 500 Unsung Heroes (4 students in each of 4 Learning Communities each academic term) have been recognized!

Student Travel Fellowships have been awarded to sixty-five students since 2010.  Friends of CRLS has provided funds to academically-qualified “fellows” from low-income families to participate in school-sponsored cultural, service-learning, and club-based group trips to New York, England, France, Spain, Turkey, Tanzania, Panama, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, the Island School in the Bahamas, the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and Cuba.  Awardees for 2018 traveled to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands and Ireland & England.  Click Here to learn more.  The 2019 application will be posted at the beginning of the new school year.

The “It Takes A Village” (ITAV) College Success Program was launched in 2012. ITAV is intended to help CRLS graduates heading to Massachusetts public universities and community colleges maximize their college success. The program increases students’ preparedness for the Accuplacer exam, used by public colleges in MA to assess incoming students’ ability to do college-level work in reading, writing, and mathematics, via Accuplacer Workshops started in 2012. The Alumni and Community Mentoring Program was launched in the 2013-2014 academic year. ITAV Scholarships are available to help defray costs of college. So far, one hundred and seventy graduates have benefited from ITAV. Read articles on ITAV from the Cambridge Chronicle on 11/29/2012 and 7/31/2014.

Scholarships are awarded to CRLS students planning to enroll in 2- and 4-year colleges. Selections are made by a committee and based on financial need, academic merit, and criteria specific to the scholarships. For more information or to donate, please see our Scholarships Program subpage. Read an article on the expansion of FOCRLS scholarships from the Cambridge Chronicle on 2/5/2014. A poster summarizing our programs is available here.


Congratulations to the 3rd ITAV Scholarship winner, Lamia (Lily) Sater! She writes, “I graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin in 2007. I am majoring in Social Psychology at UMass Boston. My career goal is to become a school counselor at a public school. I want to empower young adults, and help them build the confidence they need to make decisions in life on their own. I want to be there for them and listen. I want to encourage them to do what they want to do, and to let them know that they can do it. I like taking photographs of nature and scenery, and I enjoy reading random quotes about life.”

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2013 Awardees (L to R): Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educators Scholarship winner Nadia Friedler (Clark University), and First Scholar winners Meklit Gezaw (Suffolk University) and Yvonne Appiah (UMass-Boston)


2013 Awardee: Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educators Scholarship winner Rout Asefa (Clark University)


FOCRLS received the NAACP Education Award, presented at the 28th Annual NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in February 2013 in Cambridge. Pictured are the FOCRLS co-founders: former president Donna Spiegelman (left), and current President Elaine Schear.

CRLS Students working on “Student Mural at Cambridge Hospital” project funded by Spring 2011 FOCRLS Faculty Grant

RSTA Engineering Instructor Conrad Hauck won over the FOCRLS Faculty Innovation Grant committee with his proposal for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team at CRLS, also known as Team 97, in which he stated, “Our goal is to not only build the best robot but to also have a strong team where everyone contributes and can be proud of their contribution. The environment we try to cultivate on Team 97 is one of teamwork, pride, and learning.”

The AVID grant promotes reading of highly recommended adult and young adult literature within the AVID program at its headquarters at CRLS.