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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 million of scholarship awards to 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?
Citizens Scholarship Foundation (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. Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1958 by Dr. Irving Fradkin, an optometrist in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Scholarship America was officially chartered under the name "Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America" on May 15, 1961. Active since 1965, the Bedford, MA Chapter has awarded over two million dollars in scholarship awards to nearly 2750 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 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.