CLASS OF 2020 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

 We invite our 2020 Scholarship recipients, families, friends, donors and the Bedford Community to tune into the 2020 CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars YouTube awards presentation which will be available

3 p.m. Friday, May 29th at: 

Bedford's own Master of Ceremonies, Mike Rosenberg, and our President, Jean Segal, recorded this YouTube presentation to provide students, donors, friends, family and the Bedford community the opportunity to celebrate the generosity of our donors and to congratulate the Class of 2020 for their hard work and perseverance during these unusual times.

A special thanks is extended to Katie Duval of BedfordTV for making this Virtual Presentation happen. 


 6th Annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Trivia Night

February 1, 2020

Thank you Bedford!

Spirited fun and friendship dominated the 6th Annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Trivia Night. This scholarship fund raiser drew from the Bedford Community to compete and raise scholarships for our high school seniors. Among the dedicated supports were Select Board, School Committee members, friends and neighbors, businesses, and CSF Board members all competing in great fun and camaraderie. Door Prizes and donations from these local businesses: Flatbread, Great Road Gallery & Framing, Holi Indian Restaurant, Starbucks, Red Heat Tavern, TL Nails Spa, Black Earth Compost and Wegmans Please patronize these businesses and thank them for their support of our scholarships. Terrific Raffle Baskets brought additional excitement. Now in its 55th year, CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars has awarded almost $2.7 million to nearly 3150 students. 

1st Place winner's team - "Select Board" left to right

1st row:  Margot Fleischman, Emily Mitchell, Zoe Pierce, John W Mitchell, Ron Cordes

2nd row: William Moonan, Mark Seigenthaler, Ed Pierce, Michael Rosenberg, Cathy Cordes

2nd Placed winner's team - "This one goes to eleven" left to right

1st row: Phil Werth, Ariel Peres, Erik Williams, Benjamin Boegel-Werth, Nectar Seidel

2nd Row: Janet Werth, Ted Werth, Aly Werth, Bryan Werth, Lyn Grosslein, Kate Grosslein



We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of our board member and staunchest supporter, Silvester "Sal" J Pomponi.  Sal and his wife Alma have chaired the highly successful annual Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-Thon fundraiser for over 40 years.  Their tireless efforts over the years have assisted thousands of high school graduates with the cost of higher education.  We will all miss him terribly.  May Sal rest in peace.


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CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars is a volunteer community organization which provides scholarships to deserving high school graduates who plan to continue their education. It is the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars®, a national program sponsored by Scholarship America. Active in Bedford, MA since 1965, CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars has provided over $2.5 million of scholarship awards to over 3,200 graduating students living in Bedford, MA, on Hanscom Air Force Base, and/or attending Bedford High School. Students are selected by a chapter member committee comprising a cross-section of our community. Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need, and who meet the scholarship criteria.

 



QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS

1. What is CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars?

CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars is a volunteer community organization which provides scholarships to deserving high school graduates who plan to continue their education. It is the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars®, a national program sponsored by Scholarship America. Active since 1965, the Bedford, MA Chapter has awarded over two million dollars in scholarship awards to over 3200 students.

2. Who may apply for CSF Scholarships?

Any senior graduating from Bedford High School or any Bedford, MA or Hanscom Air Force Base resident graduating from another secondary school, completing home-schooling, or completing GED requirements may apply, provided the student will be attending a four-year college, two-year college, or technical or vocational school.

3. What are the sources of funds for CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Awards?

A major source of funding is the annual phone-a-thon fund drive organized by CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars and conducted by student volunteers. Local merchants, industries and professionals also donate directly to the Chapter's annual awards pool. A significant source of funds is the growing number of local scholarships that have been established to honor, or in memory of, an individual. Many of these are endowments that fund permanent scholarships. Money is also raised through a variety of other community activities, such as Bedford Day, Trivia Night and Flatbread Pizza Fundraisers.

4. Who decides on CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Scholarship recipients?

A broad based selections committee of chapter members including local citizens, teachers, and past and present board members meets in the spring to review CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Scholarship applications.

5. What criteria are used for selection?

The Selection Committee follows the guidelines of the national organization and any specific scholarship requirements. CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars grants awards on the basis of merit with the amount determined by need. 

6. Does "merit" mean only top-ranked students need apply?

CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars seeks to provide financial aid for and recognition to, as large a range of deserving students as possible. "Merit" includes academic, athletic, civic, and community achievements. In past years, many students have been in a good position to receive an award.