FOCRLS offers five programs supporting opportunities for CRLS students, grads, and faculty:

Faculty Innovation Grants
We have awarded grants to two hundred thirty-five teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, social workers, and club advisers since the inception of our flagship program in 2007Grants of up to $1,000 each have enabled faculty to enhance learning in every department and support students with various services.  Field trips, author visits, expert-led workshops, special events, and service learning projects are just a few of the ways Faculty Innovation Grantees have energized their curriculum.  See the list of Faculty Innovation Grants awarded from 2007 through the 2019/20 school year.  Forms for 2019/20 school year proposals will be released in early autumn.

Student Travel Fellowships
We have awarded fellowships to seventy-three student travelers since 2010.  FOCRLS has provided funds to students who qualify financially and academically to participate in school-approved educational, cultural, and service learning group trips to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, the Island School in the Bahamas, Tanzania, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, Turkey, and New York City.  Applications for upcoming trips will be released in early autumn.

College Scholarships
We have awarded a total of $174,400 to CRLS seniors and graduates since 2011.  Awardees, whose applications are selected by a review committee, meet academic, financial, and enrollment requirements as well as criteria specific to the scholarships, such as commitment to a STEAM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), plans to pursue a career in education or health, being the first in one’s family to attend a 4-year college, dedication to volunteer work, and demonstrating CRLS’s core values of Opportunity, Diversity, Respect. Additionally, FOCRLS and CRLS co-host a reception for sponsors on Scholarship Night.  For more information or to donate, please see our Scholarships Program page.  CRLS seniors submit applications and essays through the CRLS scholarship website portal in February.

Faculty Distinction Awards
We have sponsored awards presented to forty-eight honorees at graduation ceremonies since 2007.  This program gives seniors the opportunity to nominate and celebrate the teachers and staff members who have made the most significant contribution to their learning and personal development over their years at CRLS. Read about the 2018 Faculty Distinction Awardees.

Unsung Heroes Awards
We have sponsored awards presented to 600+ students since 2008.  Unsung Heroes are students who don’t normally seek out attention yet are noticed and nominated by teachers and deans for their emerging leadership qualities, such as peer support, citizenship, stewardship, contributing to a positive school climate, academic progress, and improved attendance. Each term, 16 students — one from each grade per learning community — are recognized at breakfast celebrations attended by their families and catered by the Rindge School of Technical Arts culinary department.

For more information about any of our programs, please email, visit CRLS Room 2136, or call 857-235-9290.

Soliana’s Cambridge Seven STEAM Award is the first of eleven $5,000 scholarships sponsored annually by acclaimed design and architecture firm Cambridge Seven in celebration of their 55-year anniversary. Each year, the award is presented to a CRLS senior who is the first in their family to attend a 4-year college and is committed to one of the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). Soliana, CRLS Class of 2018, is now enrolled at UMass Lowell, majoring in biomedical engineering.
Student Travel Fellows (l-r) Lorra, Isaiah, Summia, and Reggie in Ecuador, February 2018; photo courtesy of Summia