“I plan to study education so that I can become an elementary school music teacher. I do not want college expenses to be a barrier to my education and I want to be able to dedicate all of my energy in the future to my students and being the teacher my students will need. I do not want my students to suffer as a result of my energies being directed towards paying back debts. These scholarships will help me make this vision for myself a reality.”
Nikki, CRLS Class of 2021 FOCRLS awardee of the Earl M. Gardner Scholarship and the Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music, now enrolled at Longy School of Music of Bard College
Awardees must meet enrollment and financial requirements along with criteria specific to scholarships.
“100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships
Five scholarships @ $2,500 to students each committed to achievement in the one of the STEAM fields:
by local business leaders
wanting to invest in the future by supporting motivated students
who are acquiring the educations they need to make
positive differences in the world.
Business leaders, for more information about joining the “100 by 100,” please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRLS Core Values Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the school’s motto: “Opportunity, Diversity, Respect.” (Four scholarships @ $1,000 presented.)
Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educators Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in education. Named in honor of the at-the-time CRLS Principal (read more) who championed the founding of FOCRLS. (One scholarship @ $1,500 * presented. *Amount increased in 2021.)
Elaine Schear “Voice of the First Generation” Creative Writing Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates a talent for and an interest in creative writing and who will be a first generation college student. Established in honor of Friends of CRLS’s co-founder and first Executive Director, Elaine Schear, Ed.D. (One scholarship @ $2,000* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.)
Pictured: Elaine Schear (left) with Gassendina (right), CRLS ’19, the first awardee of the Elaine Schear “Voice of the First Generation” Creative Writing Scholarship, now enrolled at UMass Amherst. Gassendina said, “My parents always were my motivators to keep on writing despite the fact that they were not fluent in English,” and she started writing every chance she got, “because there are stories that have never been told, and I want to tell my truth through storytelling. Creative writing helped open my imagination that was locked inside me.”
Elizabeth Vernon Scholarship for Volunteerism and Community Service — Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates a dedication to volunteer work in the Cambridge community. Established in honor of longtime FOCRLS Executive Committee member and volunteer Elizabeth Vernon. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented.)
Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award — Awarded to a graduating senior who will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college or university. (Three scholarships @ $1,000 presented.)
Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company — Awarded to a graduating senior who will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college or university. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented.) Many thanks to Cambridge Trust Company for their ongoing support.
“It Takes a Village” Multi-Year Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who plans to attend a Massachusetts public university or community college. (One new awardee selected from each graduating class. Awardee will receive $1,000* each college year, totaling $4,000* for a 4-year degree or $2,000* for a 2-year degree. *Amount increased in 2020.)
Aurora M. (Ciccariello) Leydon Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who is a resident of East Cambridge. Established in memory of Aurora M. (Ciccariello) Leydon (read more). (One scholarship @ $1,500* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by John P. “Jack” Leydon and family.
Cambridge Day Sue Reinert Scholarship for Journalism — New for 2021! — Awarded to a graduating senior who has participated in journalism within the past year. (One scholarship @ $500 presented.) Much appreciation to Marc Levy of Cambridge Day for sponsoring this scholarship.
CambridgeSeven STEAM Award — Awarded to a graduating senior who is the first in their family to attend a 4-year college and is committed to excel in one of the STEAM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. (One scholarship @ $5,000 presented.) Sponsored by CambridgeSeven.
Deep gratitude to CambridgeSeven for their eleven-year commitment as sponsors for this scholarship.
Pictured: CambridgeSeven Principal Patti Intrieri (left) and
Principal/President Gary Johnson (right) presenting the
CambridgeSeven STEAM Award at CRLS’s 2019 Scholarship Night.
Awardee Sagyan (center) is now enrolled at UMass Amherst with
a major in computer science: “I want to become a software developer
where I can apply my skills to developing solutions to some of the
world’s greatest problems. I want to be able to create more
sustainable solutions to environmental problems through the
use of algorithms to track and mitigate ways that we
humans are exploiting the Earth.”
Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a male graduating senior who has excelled in AP or honors U.S. history and demonstrated civic engagement by having volunteered to help others within Cambridge or nationally. (Four @ $2,500 scholarships presented.) Read about Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy here. Sponsored by The New York Community Trust.
Dr. David A. Link Scholarship for the Health Professions — Awarded to a graduating 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) (Two scholarships @ $1,250* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by David A. Link, M.D., and family, friends, and colleagues.
Earl M. Gardner Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a dedication to community service. (Two scholarships @ $1,250* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by the Gardner family.
John D. Zagarella, Sr. Memorial Scholarship — New for 2021! — Awarded to a hard-working graduating senior who has played youth or high school sports, has overcome challenges, and plans to continue post-high school education by enrolling in college/university or trade school. (Two scholarships @ $500 presented.) Sponsored by Zagarella family members, friends, and colleagues. (read more)
Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship for Children of First Responders — Awarded to a graduating senior who is the child of a first responder (member or veteran of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, National Guard, law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical technician, emergency room nurse or doctor, or public health official). (One scholarship @ $2,000* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by Juliette Kayyem & David Barron.
Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a first-generation college-bound graduating senior with immigrant parents. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented.) Sponsored by Mary Tavares Sutula and the Sutula family.
Mary Frances Monti Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated both academic and personal growth during their high school career. (One scholarship @ $1,250* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by Neil B. Rosenburg, CHLS ’76, FOCRLS Treasurer and Scholarship Chair.
Patrick Ewing Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who is an African American of West Indian descent. (One scholarship @ $2,000* presented. *Amount increased in 2021.) Sponsored by Patrick Ewing, CRLS Class of ’81 (see more).
Richard S. Gilreath Memorial Scholarship for the CRLS Track & Cross Country Community — Awarded to a graduating senior who is running indoor/outdoor track or cross country at CRLS and intends to enter a 2- or 4-year college in the fall. (Two scholarships @ $500 presented, one to a female student and one to a male student.) Sponsored by Richard G. Gilreath, CRLS Class of ’94.
“Thank you very much for selecting me for the Rose & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship. Being a first generation immigrant and the first one in my family to go to college, this scholarship means a lot to me. It helped me feel more prepared and excited for college. My intended major is biology; I’m especially interested in becoming a physician and helping people in need.”
Anindita, CRLS Class of 2020 and UMass Boston Class of 2024
Rose & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who is a first generation student and low income and/or a child of immigrants, pursuing college education as his or her path to attaining the American dream (read more). (Two scholarships @ $2,000 presented.) Sponsored by friends, family, and descendants of Rose & Victor Rifkin, grandparents of FOCRLS co-founder Donna Spiegelman and great-grandparents of CRLS alumnae Nessarose Schear ’10 and Ariela Schear ’14.
Scholarships for Equity and Social Justice — New for 2022! — Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates dedication, commitment, and activism towards equity and social justice at CRLS and/or in the greater Cambridge community. (Two scholarships @ $2,500 presented, one to a female student and one to a male student.) Sponsored by Eileen Taxe Levine and Irving Lee Levine.
Tutoring Plus Scholarship — New for 2021! — Awarded to a graduating senior who attends or has attended Tutoring Plus and who intends to enroll in any type of higher education program in the summer or fall. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented.) Many thanks to Tutoring Plus for sponsoring this scholarship.
Women in STEM Scholarship Sponsored by Philips North America, LLC — Awarded to a female graduating senior pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. (Two scholarships @ $2,500 presented.) Much appreciation to Philips North America, LLC for their ongoing support.
Ginny Berkowitz Award for Media Arts & Social Justice — New for 2022! — An award from the Ginny Berkowitz Fund for CRLS’s Media Arts & Social Justice, named for the founding Program Manager of the Media Arts Studio (MAS), will be given annually to a participant in MAS programs who is a rising 11th or 12th grader. The award will be used to defray the cost of producing a piece of media, an event, or a campaign that promotes social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application forms will be available beginning March 1 of each year and will be due April 1. (One award, amount TBA, presented.) Sponsored by family, friends, and colleagues of Ginny Berkowitz.
Charlene Holmes Memorial Award — Awarded to a graduating senior who best exemplifies Charlene’s generosity, caring, and professional aspirations. 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. There is no application for this award; teachers and staff members nominate students with letters of recommendation at the start of the spring semester. (Four awards @ $500 presented, with one recipient from each Learning Community.) Sponsored by Friends of CRLS.
Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music — CRLS students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 are eligible! — GET APPLICATION HERE>> — Awarded to a student who demonstrates a love for and commitment to music. The student may study any instrument, voice, or musical theory, and may be at any stage of their 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. Read more about Calvin Hicks and the Hicks Award.>> (One award up to $500 presented.) Sponsored by Marguerite Hicks-Gyewu, CRLS (Pilot) ‘84, family, and friends.
Fresh Start Contracting Corporation Award for Carpentry — Awarded to a graduating senior who has excelled in the Rindge School of Technical Arts carpentry program for two years. (One award @ $500 presented.) The awardee can use the funds for college tuition or to help defray the costs associated with pursuing a career in the trades. Many thanks to Brian O’Sullivan Pierce, CRLS ‘04, and Nick Stamos, CRLS ‘02, co-founders of Fresh Start Contracting Corporation for their continued sponsorship.
Sponsored by The Cambridge Club through a fiscal partnership with Friends of CRLS
John & Ellen Moot Community Service Award — Awarded to CRLS juniors or seniors who have dedicated themselves to community service and who represent the ideals of community activism and service to the city of Cambridge. (One or more awards up to $5,000 each presented annually.) Sponsored and presented by The Cambridge Club.
Would you like to explore the idea of establishing and sponsoring a Scholarship or Award for CRLS students?
- Individuals, families, or groups can convey an honor upon a special person by creating a scholarship or award in that person’s name.
- Alumni of CRLS or its predecessors, Cambridge High & 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.
- Sponsors can tailor scholarship criteria such as financial need, area of educational interest, career goal, academic merit, involvement in extracurricular activities, commitment to a social cause, personal/family background, etc.
- Sponsors can participate in CRLS’s Scholarship Night and receive recognition in FOCRLS’s media.
- Sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.