Scholarships Program

A very important objective for FOCRLS is to expand the number of scholarships and prizes that are available to graduating seniors (see list below), as well as to CRLS alumni (via the “It Takes a Village” (ITAV) College Success Program).

At a time when college costs are rising, household incomes are stagnant, and federal budget deficits threaten funding for the PELL Grant program, scholarships can help CRLS graduates (and their parents) afford college and minimize school loan debt.

In addition to the financial benefits, recipients feel proud of the recognition that a scholarship or prize conveys, while sponsors gain in knowing that they have helped a deserving young person. Many sponsors also choose to name a scholarship or prize in honor of an important figure in their life, thereby increasing its intrinsic value.

FOCRLS’ scholarships are awarded to CRLS students planning to enroll in 2- and 4-year colleges. Selections are made by a committee. Financial need, academic merit, and criteria specific to the scholarships are considered. Scholarship themes are varied, and meet a variety of sponsors’ interests: first-generation college students; future educators; future health practitioners; African-Americans; students who have overcome adversity; and students who excel in athletics, history, mathematics, etc.

Class of 2016 Scholarships: 

FoCRLS presented $34,600 in college scholarships and graduate awards in June to 25 members of the CRLS Class of 2016. This surpassed our previous record of $24,700 to the Class of 2015 by $9,900 (40%).

Presenting the FOCRLS Scholarships!

CRLS Core Values Scholarship — Student who has demonstrated a commitment to the school’s motto: “Opportunity, Diversity, and Respect” (two at $1,000).

Donate to CRLS Core Values Scholarship


Colonel and Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship — Exemplary male U.S. History student performing community service (three at $2,200). (Sponsor: The New York Community Trust)

Donate to Colonel and Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship


Daphne S. Powell Scholarship — African American student showing academic improvement during their junior and senior years (one at $1,000). (Sponsor: Coleen Kay Walker, CRLS ’88)

Donate to Daphne S. Powell Scholarship


Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educator Scholarship — Senior who plans to pursue a career in education. Named in honor of a former CRLS Principal. (one at $1,000).

Donate to Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educator Scholarship


Dr. David A. Link Scholarship for the Health Professions — Senior committed to social justice in Cambridge and pursuing a career in health care. Named in honor of David A. Link, M.D., former Chief of Pediatrics at The Cambridge Health Alliance (read more) (one at $1,000). (Sponsor: David A. Link, MD, family, friends, and colleagues)

Donate to Dr. David A. Link Scholarship for the Health Professions


Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award — A Senior who will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college or university (two at $1,000). Read an article on First Scholars from the Cambridge Chronicle on 8/2/2012.

Donate to Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award


The “It Takes a Village” College Success Program Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior. A $500 scholarship will be given to the student at the start of each of their four years of college.($500 each year, freshman through senior year, totaling $2,000).

Donate to The "It Takes a Village" College Success Program Scholarship


Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a first-generation college-bound senior with immigrant parents (one at $1,000). (Sponsor: Mary Tavares Sutula and the Sutula family)

Donate to Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship


Mary Frances Monti Scholarship — Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated both academic and personal growth during their high school career (one at $1,000). (Sponsor: Neil B. Rosenburg, FOCRLS Board Member, CHLS ’76)

Donate to Mary Frances Monti Scholarship


Rose and Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship — Awarded to a recent alum of CRLS who is a first generation and/or low income student who is choosing to pursue college education as his or her path to attaining the American dream (read more). (one at $1,000) (Sponsor: The friends and family of Rose and Victor Rifkin, the grandparents of Donna Spiegelman, FOCRLS co-founder, and the great grandparents of Nessarose and Ariela Schear, CRLS ‘10 and ‘14)

Donate to Rose and Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship


Presenting the FOCRLS Prizes!


Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music — Awarded to a student who demonstrates a love for and commitment to music. Read more about Calvin Hicks and the Hicks Award. The student may study any instrument, voice, or musical theory, and may be at any stage of her/his musical development whether a budding musician with no prior musical training or an accomplished artist. The award may be applied to tuition costs at any recognized school of music. (Sponsor: Marguerite Hicks-Gyewu, FOCRLS Board Member, CRLS (Pilot) ‘84, family and friends) Click here for information about eligibility and the application process and here for the application.

Donate to Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music


Charlene Holmes Memorial Award — Awarded to the senior who best exemplifies Charlene’s generosity, caring, and professional aspirations (one at $500). Charlene was a CRLS student, church member and volunteer at the Salvation Army who would have graduated in 2014 had she not been tragically taken from us. Charlene will forever be part of the spirit of CRLS.

Donate to Charlene Holmes Memorial Award


Fresh Start Construction Corp. Award for Carpentry — Awarded to a student who excelled in the Rindge School of Technical Arts carpentry program (one at $500). The awardee can use the prize for college tuition or to help defray the costs associated with pursuing a career in the trades. (Sponsor: Brian O’Sullivan Pierce, CRLS, ‘04, and Nick Stamos, CRLS ‘02, co-founders, Fresh Start Construction Corp.)

Donate to Fresh Start Construction Corp. Award for Carpentry


Would you like to explore the idea of creating your own Named Scholarship?


► Individuals, groups, or families can convey an honor upon a special person by creating a scholarship in that person’s name.
► Alumni of CRLS or its predecessors: Cambridge High and Latin School and Rindge Technical School, can create a legacy for their graduating class or honor a beloved teacher.
► Businesses or corporations can establish named scholarships to demonstrate their support for CRLS or reward their high school interns.

▲ Donors can tailor scholarship criteria. (For example: Financial need, area of educational interest, academic merit, involvement in extracurricular activities, commitment to a social cause, etc.)
▲ Donors can participate in CRLS’ Scholarship Night and related events and receive recognition in FOCRLS’ newspaper and social media outreach (if desired).

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