Update: FOCRLS is Presenting $80K in Scholarships this Year!

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By Janis Navikas

Friends of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Inc. (FOCRLS), an independent nonprofit in its 15th year of broadening opportunities at the city’s public high school, is preparing to present scholarships totaling $80,000 in 2022. Hundreds of sponsors and donors − individuals, families, organizations, and businesses − fund the 56 scholarships FOCRLS is distributing to CRLS seniors and past graduates in support of their higher education.

New sponsors Ramie Targoff & Stephen Greenblatt recently established the Cheri Kamen Memorial Scholarship in the Humanities. Professor Targoff said, “This scholarship is in memory of my beloved mother, who studied American History, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student before going on to become a lawyer. I wanted to honor her commitment to the study of the past by encouraging female students graduating from CRLS to pursue the humanities at the university level.”

Eileen Taxe Levine & Irving Lee Levine, also new sponsors, launched the Scholarship for Equity & Social Justice as a way, the Levines said, “to recognize the commitment and dedication of CRLS students who have been working towards equity and social justice in the Cambridge community. We want to honor the power of their voices, courageous actions, and hopefulness. We support and thank them as they enter this next chapter of their lives.”

Naveed Rahman & Caroline Butler-Rahman joined as scholarship sponsors this year to honor students of South Asian descent. Continuing scholarship sponsors include Patrick Ewing, Juliette Kayyem & David Barron, Jack Leydon & family, Neil B. Rosenburg, Elaine Schear, Gail Stein, Mary Tavares Sutula & family, Richard G. Gilreath, the Gardner family, and the Zagarella family. Collectively funding scholarships are family and friends of Rose & Victor Rifkin, Dr. Christopher Saheed, Dr. David A. Link, and Calvin Hicks.

Cambridge Day, CambridgeSeven Associates, Fresh Start Contracting, and Tutoring Plus are local organizations that partner with FOCRLS annually to provide scholarships, as is Cambridge Trust, which increased its sponsorship and then doubled up for two scholarships this year.

FOCRLS thanks all of its scholarship sponsors for their generosity and support for the students and graduates of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, as well as the Class of 2022 applicants for their inspirational determination and contributions to the community.

CRLS Class of 2022 awardees will take the stage of CRLS’s Fitzgerald Theater for the Scholarship Night ceremony on Thursday, May 5. FOCRLS members will present certificates to the approximately 50 awardees they selected, most of whom will later need to submit college enrollment verification before receiving their checks.

To learn more about Friends of CRLS’s scholarship program or establish a scholarship, please visit focrls.org or email scholarships@focrls.org. FOCRLS is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

This Giving Tuesday, Help FOCRLS Address the Challenge of the Current Crisis

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For GivingTuesday, we invite you to join FOCRLS in rising to the challenge to help meet needs that this pandemic has created for many CRLS students and their families.

Your generous contribution will help FOCRLS to:

  • Provide supermarket vouchers for CRLS students and their families facing hunger through Falcon’s Market (Use this link or see below.)
  • Provide assistance to staff and faculty working to meet student needs
  • Provide funds for scholarships for FOCRLS seniors struggling to realize their academic dreams

Because our FOCRLS community is so generous, we know that your donation will mean that FOCRLS can work to address these critical challenges for our staff, faculty, students and their families.

or make your check payable to Friends of CRLS, write “Holiday FY21 Giving Tuesday” or “Falcon’s Market” on the memo line and mail to:

Friends of CRLS
P.O. Box 391541
Cambridge MA 02139

To get a sense of how your donation can make an impact, meet a few of our FOCRLS scholarship recipients below:

Thank you for choosing Friends of CRLS this GivingTuesday!

Please visit focrls.org to learn more about our programs and awardees, volunteering, donating, establishing a scholarship, or getting your business involved.

School Year Kick-off

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You’re invited to the
Friends of CRLS
School Year Kick-off on
Wednesday, October 2
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
in CRLS’s Media Cafeteria. 

By Investing Your Time in the Futures of Bright CRLS Students,
You’re Investing in a Brighter Future for All of Us

If you’re interested helping to expand opportunities for CRLS students, alumni, and staff, please join us.  Our programs include College Scholarships, Student Travel Fellowships, and Faculty Innovation Grants, and with your help, 2020 can be our most awarding, rewarding year ever!  

We’re especially seeking people interested in volunteering in these ways:

  • Being members of our Spring Bash Committee
  • Organizing our Spring Raffle (ticket sales and/or prize additions)
  • Hosting or planning a House Party
  • Serving on our Board of Directors
  • Launching our Development Committee — Community Outreach
  • Pitching in occasionally on mailings, phone calls, gift wrapping, etc.

Whatever your skills, interests, and time availability, we can put your efforts to good use!

If you’re unable to attend the Kick-off yet want to find out how you can be involved, please contact us>>

See the full invitation>>