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FOCRLS continually strives to expand the number of scholarships that are available to graduating seniors.  



FOCRLS is presenting $55,500 in college scholarships to
36 deeply deserving members of the CRLS Class of 2020.
These students have accomplished a great deal academically
as well as in extracurricular activities, community service,
cultural representation, self-expression, and more.
We’re honored to be able — thanks to the generosity of
our sponsors and donors — to help these
determined students attain the skills they need
to reach their goals of making the world a better place.

See the list of 2020 scholarships and awardees here>>

College Scholarships

“100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships — Awarded to graduating seniors committed to the STEAM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. (Five scholarships @ $2,500, one for each field.)

Donate to the "100 by 100" Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships


The “100 by 100” scholarships are made possible by local business leaders wanting to make investments in the future for all of us by supporting motivated students who are acquiring the skills they need to reach their goals of making positive differences in the lives of others.

Special thanks to Philips North America, LLC for funding the 2020 “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Engineering Sponsored by Philips North America, LLC and the 2020 “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Technology Sponsored by Philips North America, LLC.

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. (Two or more scholarships @ $1,000 presented annually.)

Many thanks to Cambridge Trust for their ongoing sponsorship of the Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company.

Special thanks to the CRLS Classes of 1987/1988 for sponsoring two 2020 Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award Sponsored by the CRLS Classes of 1987/1988 in Memory of Dorise Chase ’88.

Donate to Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award


CRLS Core Values Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the school’s motto: “Opportunity, Diversity, Respect.” (Two or more scholarships @ $1,000 presented annually.)

Donate to CRLS Core Values Scholarship


Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educator 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 @ $1,000 presented annually.)

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“It Takes a Village” Multi-Year Scholarship — Awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending 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 starting with Class of 2020)

Donate to The "It Takes a Village" Multi-Year Scholarship


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 @ $1,000 presented annually.)

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.”

Donate to the Elaine Schear "Voice of the First Generation" Creative Writing Scholarship


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 annually.)

Donate to the Elizabeth Vernon Scholarship for Volunteerism and Community Service


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 annually.) Sponsored by CambridgeSeven.

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.”

Donate to the ​​Cambridge Seven STEAM Award ​​


Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a male AP or honors U.S. history student who has demonstrated civic engagement by having volunteered to help others within Cambridge or nationally. (Number/amount varies.) Read about Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy here. Sponsored by The New York Community Trust.

Donate to Colonel and Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship


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) (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by David A. Link, M.D., and family, friends, and colleagues.

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


Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a first-generation college-bound senior with immigrant parents. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by Mary Tavares Sutula and the Sutula family.

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Mary Frances Monti Scholarship Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated both academic and personal growth during their high school career. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by Neil B. Rosenburg, CHLS ’76, FOCRLS Treasurer and Scholarship Chair.

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Rose & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship Awarded to a senior 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 or more scholarships @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by the friends and family of Rose & 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 & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship


Aurora M. (Ciccariello) Leydon Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a senior who is a resident of East Cambridge. Established in memory of Aurora M. (Ciccariello) Leydon (read more). (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by John P. (Jack) Leydon and family.

Donate to the ​​Aurora M. (Ciccariello) Leydon Memorial Scholarship ​​


​​Patrick Ewing Scholarship  Awarded to a senior who is an African American of West Indian descent. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by Patrick Ewing, CRLS Class of ’81 (see more)

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Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship for Children of First Responders  Awarded to a 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 @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by Juliette Kayyem & David Barron.

Donate to the ​​Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship for Children of First Responders


Earl M. Gardner Scholarship — Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated a dedication to community service. (One scholarship @ $1,000 presented annually.) Sponsored by the Gardner family.

Donate to the ​​Earl M. Gardner Scholarship​​


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 annually.) Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company.

Donate to the ​​Friends of CRLS First Scholars Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company


John D. Zagarella, Sr. Memorial ScholarshipNew 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 annually.) Sponsored by the Zagarella family, friends, and colleagues.

Donate to the John D. Zagarella, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

FOCRLS Awards

Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music CRLS students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 are eligible! Interested students, get the 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 annually.) Sponsored by Marguerite Hicks-Gyewu, CRLS (Pilot) ‘84, family, and friends. 

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Charlene Holmes Memorial Award Awarded to the 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 nominate students with letters of recommendation in response to an email FOCRLS sends out in the winter. (One or more awards up to $500 presented annually.)

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Fresh Start Contracting Corporation Award for Carpentry Awarded to a student who has excelled in the Rindge School of Technical Arts carpentry program for two years. (One award @ $500 presented annually.) The awardee can use the funds for college tuition or to help defray the costs associated with pursuing a career in the trades. Sponsored by Brian O’Sullivan Pierce, CRLS ‘04, and Nick Stamos, CRLS ‘02, co-founders of Fresh Start Contracting Corporation

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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. (e.g. financial need, area of educational interest, career goal, academic merit, involvement in extracurricular activities, commitment to a social cause, personal background, etc.)
  • Donors can participate in CRLS’s Scholarship Night and receive recognition in FOCRLS’s media.

Learn more about establishing a named scholarship