CSF of Bedford is proud to share the values and stories of the people and organizations associated with some of our scholarships.


The Dave Ahern Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a dedicated student who is an elite two-sport athlete who exemplifies great leadership and whose positive attitude encourages the growth of fellow teammates and who displays a strong passion for the arts. Dave was a member of the BHS class of 2006 and Dual County League All-Star in hockey and baseball.


The Kim Alcaide Senior Female Athlete of The Year Scholarship is awarded to a female athlete who exemplifies courage, tenacity, and achievement on the field and off. Kim was a member of the BHS class of 1988 and was a standout member of the soccer and track teams and was inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.


The Senator Carol C. Amick Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to study law, history or political science and is interested in a career in public service with government agency or elected official or who plans to teach. Carol C. Amick served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 through 1977 as the Representative from the 37th Middlesex District and in the Senate until November 7, 1989.


The Anderson Family Scholarship Fund scholarship is awarded to a student who will be attending a 4-year college of liberal arts or engineering and exemplifies Betsey's passion for her community and volunteering through their extracurricular and out of school activities. Betsey has long been a dedicated and active citizen and volunteer in the town of Bedford including service on the Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen and as Town Moderator and is an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.


The recipient of the Karin Prugnarola-Ballard scholarship is a student with a strong character who is interested in a nursing career and who demonstrates the utmost compassion and caring for others, has a real enthusiasm for life and commitment to the community. Karin, a 1973 graduate of BHS worked at Lahey Clinic on the Oncology floor and was an active member of St. Michael Parish.


The Bauman Family chose to honor Frank's memory by establishing this scholarship for a student working to pay for college and who at some time was employed by the Bedford Recreation Department. As Bedford's first Recreation Director, Frank expanded its scope to include a well-rounded slate of programs including art, science, music, ski, special events and was instrumental in the development of Springs Brook Park and establishment of the Kids' Club programs.


This scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue studies related to such subjects as agriculture, botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, land management, ecology, environmental science or other related fields. The Bedford Garden Club Judith R. Brown Scholarship is given in memory of Judith R. Brown (1934-2019) by her husband Nathaniel K. Brown and family.


The Bedford High School Class of 1973 is proud to support eligible Bedford Dollars for Scholars applicants with the Bedford High School Class of 1973 ASPIRE scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a student who aspires to achieve their highest potential, who is motivated to be instrumental in effecting positive changes in their community, and who wants to inspire others through their actions. 


This scholarship is given as an incentive to a young person who shares the passion and commitment of all of Bedford nurses to helping people maintain good health and care of those who are ill. Pauline Shellhase who as a young woman became a nurse with the assistance of a scholarship, in 1998 along with several members of the CSF Scholarship Reception Committee who were also nurses, established this scholarship specifically for a student pursuing a career in nursing to recognize the great need for more young people to enter this valued profession.  


The Bedford Woman's Community Club Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates volunteerism through their participation in Community Service Activities, has a minimum 3.0 GPA and is in the top third of their class. The BWCC was established in 1920 to promote cultural endeavors, sponsor educational scholarships, and other philanthropic projects as needed in the Bedford community. Members of the BWCC joined together for 91 years before disbanding in 2011 in benevolent endeavors to make this piece of earth we occupy, Bedford, better for all its citizens.


Joanne Beecy-Matson Memorial Scholarship is given to a student with a strong interest in foreign languages. Joanne, a 1969 BHS graduate was a dedicated student who excelled in languages and became fluent in both French and German.


The Louise J. Beecy Scholarship for Excellence In English Scholarship is granted to a student who has shown excellence in English with an interest in teaching. Louise worked as a teacher in the Bedford school system for over 30 years, and during her teaching career she touched more than 3,000 students' lives. Louise was a highly involved community member in Bedford, serving as a Library Trustee, School Board member, Town Meeting organizer and Garden Club member.


The Dr. John W. Bergin Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a student planning to major in Health and Medicine. Dr. Bergin received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania was the fulltime medical director of Carleton-Willard Village, a continuing-care community in Bedford.


The Arthur and Althea Bishop Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who has an interest in pursuing a technical field and participates in Community Service Activities. The Arthur and Althea Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Arthur Bishop and Althea Bishop, who opened Bedford Jewelers in 1954, and were both very caring, civic-minded people who worked closely with Joseph Farwell to start the Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) of Bedford in 1965.


Miss Boston's family established this scholarship to commemorate her devotion to the medical profession and honor her many years spent personally attending and caring for her fellow man by awarding it to a student planning to major in Biology, Engineering, Health and Medicine, Nursing or Physical Therapy. Osra Marie Boston was a registered nurse whose professional career of forty-six years was devoted to the medical profession.


The Arthur Brodie Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in History or humanities. Arthur was a Bedford resident for 66 years and was well known as a senior tutor at the Davis School.  This scholarship in his memory honors his high regard for education and his love of history. 


The Bedford Schools Association Thrift Shop Ladies Fund Scholarship was established when this benevolent organization dissolved and left the balance of its funds to CSF of Bedford, to award as an annual scholarship to a deserving student who is involved in the community. 


The Joseph E. Buckley Scholarship is for a student that has overcome adversity. Joseph Buckley, Superintendent of Bedford Schools from 1981-2001, emphasized meeting the educational potential of every student. He worked constantly for diversity, cutting-edge technology, respect for professional staff and fiscal responsibility. Upon his retirement in 2001 a group of appreciative Bedford Citizens set up a fund to establish this scholarship in his name.


The Building #19 Foundation Fund, established in November, 1989 celebrating Building #19 having been in business for 25 years, has been given out in the company's name every year since then to an individual with a solid academic and extra-curricular performance at BHS and a good sense of humor. 


Coach Jim Byrnes' family established the Coach Jim Byrnes Memorial Scholarship, to be granted annually to a graduating member of the Bedford High School boys and girls basketball teams who best exemplify the spirit of the program built by Coach Byrnes.


The Ruth Byron Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Ruth Byron, a mathematics teacher at BHS, to a deserving student who embodies Ruth's unique qualities as a generous and thoughtful person and is an active member of the school community.  


The Brad and Son Hui Choe-Geilfuss Family Student Athlete Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown strong academic skills and has excelled in Track and Field, or Cross Country. Brad Geilfuss, a 1965 BHS graduate, followed his father into the printing business and has supported CSF for many years by providing all the stationery and printing needs for the annual CSF Dollars for Scholars Phone-thon and the CSF Scholarship Awards Ceremony Booklet. 


The Jerry Christen Memorial/Bedford Center for the Arts scholarship was established in 2016 as a memorial to Jerry Christen and is awarded to a student who has participated in art, music, theater, or other forms of the arts. After founding the BCA in 2000, Mr. Christen, a past president of the Bedford Citizens' Scholarship Foundation was awarded the Point of Light Award - a national prize that celebrates the power of individuals to lead and lend support to causes they care about.


The G. William Clark Jr. Memorial Scholarship is given to a minority student in memory of G. William "Bill" Clark, Jr., who was the owner of Bedford Funeral Home. In this capacity he was a compassionate, caring person to many Bedford citizens during times of great personal loss.



The Barbara A. Clifford Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates integrity, expresses concern for others and the broader community, serves as a role model, takes action regarding Social Justice, Environmentalism, Diversity/ Equity/ Inclusion and challenges the status quo when needed to accomplish the greater good.


The Computervision Scholarship is awarded to a STEM major in honor of Computervision, Inc. an early pioneer in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) headquartered in Bedford and founded in 1969 by Marty Allen and Philippe Villers.


This award is given by Chuck Connell, a Bedford resident, in memory of his father, Charles Connell II who was patient and kind, valued education and believed in giving people a helping hand and a second chance. This scholarship furthers those values and is given in his honor.


The Margaret C. Dalrymple Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student that participates in community service activities. Margaret was a long-term resident of Bedford and as a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and citizen she generally did her work in the background, but when occasion demanded, took a leadership role. 


The Richard A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an exemplary student who is passionate about the sciences; is pursuing further education in the health sciences; is involved in extracurricular activities; has exhibited community service through school or other organized activity; and has been working part-time to save for college. Mr. Davidson who received his pharmacy degree in 1961 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy was the owner of Davidson's Pharmacy, and was known for his strong, gentle spirit, phenomenal intellect, sense of humor, and genuine and bright smile.


The Lance Corporal Travis R. Desiato Memorial Scholarship is granted to a student involved with helping children, playing team sports, helping their family cope with day-to-day life, putting their needs ahead of his/her own. Travis, who joined the Marines after graduating from BHS in 2003 was killed in Fallujah, Iraq on November 15, 2004, at the age of 19.  He turned down safer assignments because he felt he was most needed and could best serve by going to Iraq.  He was the embodiment of dedication, honor, and respect, a true hero. Travis was a standout athlete in baseball and football, but also had a gentle side, working with kids in a nursery school program and summer camp. After joining the Marines, Desiato returned to school in uniform to talk with students about the importance of commitment.


The John Earl and Pauline Dick Memorial Scholarship was established by Bedford Attorney, Paul Dick in honor of his parents. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has participated in community service activities and intends to pursue a career in Law or Political Science.


The Donadio and DeSimone Family Scholarship was established by the family and is awarded each year to a well-deserving graduate to honor the families desire to give back to the town of Bedford.


The Sarah Dorer Scholarship, established upon her retirement from teaching in 2019 is awarded to a student who demonstrates a passion for learning. Mrs. Dorer taught an entire generation of students not only to love math, but to love the process of learning, striving, and challenging oneself to think in new and unexpected ways. In addition to her work as an enrichment teacher and math curriculum coordinator, she has been a treasured teacher; colleague; and volunteer, including co-founder of the Bedford Family Connection, active member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist, past President of the League of Women Voters, and on the board of CSF of Bedford, Dollars for Scholars.


The Thomas J. Duggan Jr. Scholarship fund is awarded to a student that demonstrates maximum effort in studies and shows improvements in academics, behavior, and social interactions and who displays an attitude of caring and respect for other students, faculty, and staff. Tom Duggan served as principal of BHS for 28 years from 1972 until his retirement in June 2000.


This scholarship originated by Jacob (Jesse) Erlich on his 50th birthday is awarded to a student who exemplifies the Erlich family's active support of CSF of Bedford, the Bedford Cultural Council, and other community activities including presenting the town with the "Patriot Statue" that sits on the corner of The Great Road and Bacon Street. 


The Phil N. Eskew Memorial Scholarship was established by his Bedford family, to help further the education of a young athlete with an outstanding mental attitude. Phil N. Eskew was the classic "Hoosier Schoolmaster" with a career that stretched from a small country school to high school coach, principal, outstanding referee, school superintendent and to the Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. He had a respect for the rule of law, and the law of rules. He was a warm and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor and was well known for his speech making and storytelling.  


The Joseph W. Farwell Jr. Founders Scholarship, CSF of Bedford's first endowed scholarship, is awarded to a student that participates in community service activities. Joseph W. Farwell, Jr., along with other residents of Bedford founded the Bedford Chapter of the Citizens' Scholarship Foundation and served as the Chapter President.  


This Paul R. And Mary T. Fehlau Memorial scholarship honors Mr. and Mrs. Fehlau's commitment to continuing music education for students at all grade levels in the Bedford School system and is awarded to a student that is an active participant in the BHS music and theater programs. The Fehlau's who served as presidents of POMS were patrons of all BHS' instrument, vocal and musical theater programs, and concert tours.  


The Gordon Feltman Memorial Scholarship is presented to an outstanding student interested in the field of education with a concentration in STEM and a desire to serve the country or community. Gordon Feltman settled in Bedford in 1976 after serving 21 years in the US Air Force as a scientist, an engineer, and a pilot. Gordon was very active in the community, volunteering his time and his energies where for over 30 years his voice and opinion were heard often at town meetings. He served on many committees, including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and four terms as a Bedford Selectman. Gordon flew missions for Air Lifeline, a volunteer service for people needing transportation to receive healthcare and was proud to be involved with the Masons and the Rotary Club of Bedford. Gordon Feltman was a man who dedicated his life to improving whatever he could and valued education as an important tool towards that end.  


The Eleanor Gould Filios Silver Thimble Memorial Award is given in memory of Eleanor Gould Filios, to a creative and innovative student who plans to study or major in textiles, clothing apparel or design; or business. When World War II broke out, Eleanor enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps where she attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the war, she founded a public stenography business, met, and married Captain John Filios. They moved around the country as a military family and eventually settled in Bedford where Eleanor worked in the Bedford School Department and in 1967, started her own business, The Silver Thimble, a fabric store first located in Bedford. Among various volunteer activities, she made flag covers and liberty caps for the Bedford Minuteman Company and was active in the United Church of Christ where she served at the Strawberry Festival and volunteered with the United Workers. Eleanor was a creative, kind, generous and loving woman who loved meeting people and was happiest with her children and grandchildren around her. She loved her dog, Rusty, music, sewing, cross-stitch, and other crafts and loved watching the Red Sox and laughing at good jokes.


The John E. Filios Scholarship is awarded to a student planning to study history. Lt. Col. USAF John Filios was fiercely independent and a self-described "fighter", among his favorite sayings was "never give up!" During his military career, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation medal, among others. He was a lifelong teacher, learner, grower, and builder. His hobbies included singing with the Bedford Choral Society, woodworking, building timber frame houses, playing the fife, reading, and gardening. He loved classical music, poetry, history, and nature. John was very proud of his adopted hometown of Bedford and was active in many local and civic organizations. He was a Captain of the Bedford Minuteman Company; served on the Historic Preservation Committee and board of the Bedford Historical Society; was instrumental in the establishment of Bedford Depot Park; hosted a weekly local cable talk show, "Talk of the Town"; and took every opportunity to promote and preserve the Bedford Flag. He enjoyed preserving and maintaining the historic Job Lane House and was named Bedford's Citizen of the Year in 2007.


The recipient of the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Scholarship is someone who best represents reason, compassion, respect for the democratic process and free thought. The First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Scholarship, established in 2020 by First Parish Bedford, commemorates three parishioners - Mr. Leslie Davies, Paul Vears and Linda Weissbard.  Paul Vears was an unassuming quiet person who nonetheless trusted the future. Both Linda Weissbard, who was married to a former First Parish minister and Leslie Davies were adventuresome freethinkers. All three individuals valued free-thought, adventure, sound-thinking, good humor, and respect for diversity.


Jack Foley, Bedford resident from 2011 until his passing in 2022, embodied the word Entrepreneur. His wife Cheri and their young daughter, Georgia, still reside in Bedford today. This scholarship was created to recognize and inspire local entrepreneurs to innovate, disrupt, and to ultimately chart their own course through entrepreneurship.

Throughout Jack's extraordinary career, he served as a trusted advisor to educational institutions near and far. He reimagined and reinvented schools' identity through rebranding and targeted marketing for schools across the United States, with Minuteman High School in Lexington being closest to home. Jack's passion, integrity, and thirst for knowledge are reflected in the beating heart of Ovus & Ater, the company he founded in 2001. Ovus & Ater continues to thrive today as a result of the fierce intensity, forward thinking, and seriousness Jack brought to branding and education. Jack Foley exemplified transformation and growth, having taught himself much of his craft through personal and professional experience and through self-directed learning.

This award is meant to recognize and reward a driven, well-rounded, self-starter who is passionate about pursuing their dreams and paving their own way through entrepreneurship.


The Dr. Irving A. Fradkin CSF Volunteer Scholarship is awarded to a student that participates in Community Service Activities. Dr. Irving Fradkin started a scholarship program in Fall River, MA for local students who simply did not have the funds to go on to higher education beyond high school by asking everyone to donate just a dollar to the fund. His concept took hold across the country and from one chapter in 1958 to over 1,500 chapters today, Dollars for Scholars has grown into the largest volunteer-based student aid organization in the United States.


The Diane Gallagher Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student that intends to major in education and demonstrates a love of the subject "English" either through poetry, writing, or literature. Diane attended public schools in Brookfield, CT, where she met the love of her life, Joe Gallagher, at Brookfield High School in 1974. Diane went on to earn her BA in English from Boston University and her MA in English Education from Tufts University. Diane became a wonderful, compassionate English teacher spending 21 years at Diamond Middle School in Lexington. Diane's passion was tap dancing, which she called her happy place. Diane also enjoyed her many friends at Bunco, book clubs, and dinner groups.


The Joseph Genetti Memorial Scholarship, "Eco Scholarship" was set up to benefit to a hard-working Bedford graduate who wishes to better the environment in which we all live by planning to study Environmental Science, Agriculture, Farm Science, Health or Forestry. Joseph "Joe" Genetti was born and raised in Bedford and was dedicated to raising a garden his entire life. His enjoyment of working the land and bringing forth good, wholesome food was a boon to friends and family alike.


The Wilma Genetti Memorial Scholarship which was established to honor Wilma Genetti who was a life-long educator, is awarded to a student planning to study education. Born in Michigan, Wilma began her career teaching in a rural one-room schoolhouse. After the War, during which she met and married Joseph Genetti, they moved back to Bedford where after raising four children, Wilma returned to teaching third and fifth grades in the Bedford School System for 20 years. The family would like to think of the many lives she touched professionally and personally and hope this scholarship will continue that legacy.


In honor of Miss G's service and dedication to the Bedford Athletics program, The Helen (Miss "G") C. Gfroerer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high performing/top female athlete, who is a good team player. Helen Carol Gfroerer graduated in 1945 from Bouve College with a BS in Physical Education, and started her career teaching girl's athletics at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. In 1955 she joined the BHS faculty where she taught physical education for 32 years and coached the BHS Varsity Field Hockey team, for 39 years. She also coached the BHS Varsity Softball team and Varsity Cheerleading squad for most of those years. Throughout her teaching career, Helen who enjoyed all sports was best known as "Miss G". In her spare time, she was an avid skier, taught sailing in the summers and coached the cheerleaders for the Shriners Football Classic for many years.


The John and Rosalie Glenn Memorial Scholarship is granted to a student who participates in music, theater, and arts activities. John Glenn was the Superintendent of the Bedford Public Schools from 1959 to 1972. Rosalie Glenn was an elementary school teacher until 1938 when she married John. After her husband's death Mrs. Glenn became active in school, church, and civic organizations geared towards helping Bedford's children. She served as chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Bedford Women's Club and later served as community representative for the High School principal's Citizen Advisory Committee. The Bedford Minuteman Newspaper where she often sent letters voicing her opinion about educating and parenting the youth of Bedford, honored her as one of Bedford's heroes in the 1990's. 


The Deb Gravallese Memorial Scholarship honors Deb's accomplishments in the field of science and is awarded to a young women interested in math and the sciences. Deb was a graduate of Brandeis University where she studied biochemistry. She moved to Bedford in 1988 with her husband, while she was working for Millipore. She was very active in the Bedford community and the schools, while also supporting the arts. Deb was always anxious to see women improve their test scores, career opportunities and interest in math and the sciences. The scholarship is intended to give young women the incentive, desire, and financial support to follow in the footsteps of this admirable member of the Bedford community. 


The Jim and Connie Hanley Memorial Arts Scholarship is awarded to a student who has participated in the arts, music or theater and plans to pursue an arts-related college degree. Both Connie and her husband Jim graduated from Boston's Vesper George School of Art. They lived and raised 11 children in Bedford where they were both very active in the community through their church, St. Michael's Parish, sports, and the American Legion. Connie was an award-winning painter and member of many societies including the Bedford Center for the Arts, the Chelmsford Center for the Arts and Crafts, Bedford Garden Club, Plymouth Center for the Arts, New England Watercolor Society, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and the Cape Cod Art Association. After raising her children, she worked for the Town of Bedford as a secretary in the public schools and later became the Director of Adult Education. After Jim retired from his business life, he worked for the Bedford Public Schools in the Maintenance Department.


The Patricia Hennrikus Memorial Scholarships is awarded to a student athlete to honor Pat's desire to reward the special effort, dedication and discipline it takes to excel as both an athlete and an academic achiever. Pat was a life-long friend of the Bedford schools where she was a tutor, a Kindergarten teacher and a member of the CSF Board of Directors. Pat raised six children, all of them outstanding students. She was a founder of the Wedgewood Club, an avid golfer, a successful real estate broker and a member of the Eucharistic Ministry of St. Michael's Church.


The William Hennrikus Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high achieving student that has scores above 700 on the SAT's or over 30 on the ACT's. Mr. Hennrikus was a longtime supporter and former President of The Bedford Athletic Boosters Club, founder of the Wedgewood Swim & Tennis Club and an active member of St. Michael's Parish where he taught CCD classes. He served as the Veterans Agent for the town Bedford for many years. Mr. Hennrikus was known and loved throughout the community for his wonderful sense of humor, magnetic personality, and sense of civic responsibility. His favorite pastimes were golf, poker, crossword puzzles, watching the Red Sox and spending time with his 21 grandchildren. This scholarship was established to commemorate the devotion he showed to his family, spouse, friends, and community. 


The Martha Hoo Memorial Scholarhip is given to a senior who exemplifies Mrs. Hoo's respect for cultural diversity, love of learning and constructive leadership. When her own children completed their Bedford Public Schools' educations, Martha sought public office and was elected to the School Committee where she served for six three-year terms. Martha was a staunch supporter of CSF, who in 1993, honored her at its annual reception, recognizing her as a "pillar of public education". When she died in her eighth decade, her family and friends created a permanent scholarship fund in her memory.


The Carl C. Howard Scholarship is awarded to student who like Mr. Howard shares a passion for engineering and music. Mr. Howard's generous response to a BHS student call during the Dollars for Scholars annual pledge drive in the mid-1990s prompted a call from the CSF treasurer. Upon hearing more about CSF, Mr. Howard made a greater contribution, recognizing the value of a college education and unselfishly seeking to do something for the Bedford community. Mr. Howard grew up in Somerville in a musical family where he studied piano and organ before pursuing an engineering degree at MIT. Unable to find engineering jobs during the Great Depression, Mr. Howard turned to music, as a church organist at the First Parish Church in Watertown. He later pursued an advanced degree in music studying theory, counterpoint, and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. Although, he continued as a church organist until 1946, engineering was his primary profession until he retired to Carleton Willard Village in Bedford.


The Jeff Hoyland Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a BHS student who exemplifies Jeff's ideals. The son of a Coast Guard rescue pilot and a teacher, Jeff spent his childhood moving around the country graduating from BHS in 1979 where he played football and participated in musicals. A University of Florida and Northeastern University graduate, Jeff believed in the power of community and was an active member of the Community Preservation Committee, the Disability Council, a popular speaker at Business Network International, a flagship member of Bedford's Relay for Life, read "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" annually at Davis School, coached intramural soccer and Destination Imagination, and championed Bedford Farms ice cream. Between bouts of cancer treatment, Jeff walked the dogs of other Bedford citizens bedridden due to illness. When cancer took his voice, he turned to photography. His pictures which focused on students trying their hardest, celebrating effort and attitude were featured in the Bedford Citizen and Bedford Minuteman and always on his Facebook page. He wanted every child to be seen and recognized for their accomplishments, especially if their family was unable to make it to the event. Out of all the towns that Jeff lived in, he chose Bedford to be his home, and gave so much to make our community stronger.  He will be remembered by the bonds of friendship and community that he fostered in the "best little town" in America. 


The Michael J. Hughes Family Scholarship was established in honor of the late Michael J. Hughes who was an involved father and a devoted youth sports coach for many years. This scholarship is awarded to a hard-working student who understands the value of education and strives to do their best. 


The Kaundinya scholarship was created to help women pursue their educational dreams and is awarded to a first-generation college, minority  or underprivileged female student. The Kaundinya family are proud members of the Bedford community and believe in giving back to the community that they are a part of. As strong believers in education they started this scholarship to make a difference in an individual student's life and particularly help people who would otherwise not have a chance. The Kaundinyas trace their own personal success to the high-quality education they received and hope their scholarship recipient is someday able to pay it forward.


The Rosalie and Bill Kelleher Family Scholarship is awarded to a student that has shown impressive academic development and improvement as part of the Bedford Special Education programs. The Kelleher family for many years has promoted scholastic endeavors as educators and volunteers at many levels including colleges, schools, industries, and churches for many communities in the US and internationally. Through this scholarship they wish to continue their educational interests to promote advancement for those who have shown impressive academic development and improvement, and who will achieve success at college.


The recipient of the Fred and Ele Kojm and Robert and Hilda Stuhl Memorial Scholarship is a student who demonstrates a breadth of interests by participating in two or more diverse extracurricular activities. Fred and Ele Kojm valued education as a critical tool for improving one's lot in life. They raised their children to see the opportunities that education provided and to be good, curious students and avid readers. Robert (Bob) and Hilda Stuhl, both the first-born children of immigrants to the United States, grew up in ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan and appreciated both the beauty and value of higher education. This scholarship which was created to honor Fred and Ele Kojm and Robert and Hilda Stuhl's appreciation of the value of education is given to help Bedford's students receive the benefit of a college education.


The Kring Family Scholarship is awarded to a high-achieving, well-rounded student who is passionate about helping others and/or making the world a better place. The Krings moved to Bedford in 1995, when Shirley was assigned to Hanscom as an Air Force Family Physician and Roy worked as an Emergency Physician at Emerson Hospital.  Their twin sons graduated from BHS in 2007 and from Tufts Medical School in 2015 and are both now Emergency Physicians. While at Bedford High, Randy and Ryan ran cross country, were marching band drum majors, Madrigal Singers, and had lead roles in musical and dramatic plays. Shirley and Roy were active in the Bedford Minuteman Company, where Roy served as Captain, while Shirley was President of Patrons of Music Students (POMS) and CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars.


Dr. LaCroix's scholarship recognizes a student who has demonstrated perseverance, tenacity and exceeded expectations. Dr. Maureen LaCroix served as the Superintendent of Bedford Schools from 2001-2012. One of her greatest joys was planning the 2006 addition/renovation of Bedford High School. Prior to her Bedford tenure, Dr. LaCroix served as a high school principal, assistant principal, and English teacher. In all of these positions, she had a special interest in the students who struggled to succeed in school knowing that it was those students who would receive the greatest benefit from a solid education. Upon her retirement, the Bedford community established this scholarship in recognition of her niece, Meghan, who demonstrated a sense of perseverance and tenacity that enabled her to exceed all expectations and graduate from a 4-year college.


In honor of Ray's career, talents, and passion for science and engineering, as well as his values for higher education, the Juchui Ray Lin Memorial Scholarship seeks to support a student who wishes to pursue a career in the sciences or engineering. Dr. Juchui Ray Lin was a Bedford resident for 23 years who was as a CSF of Bedford volunteer. Ray, a Polymer Chemist who held a PhD in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University, spent over 35 years researching, developing, and inventing polymers for paint and coating, biomedical devices, and water technology. Ray was a dedicated researcher, innovative scientist, and optimistic individual with an unending reservoir of ideas and unwavering vision of possibility. He strongly valued education and sought out opportunities to nurture the intellectual curiosity of today's youth. As a parent, he organized enrichment opportunities for his children and their classmates.


This scholarship is awarded to both a female and male basketball student who share the same qualities of leadership, compassion and kindness that characterized Shane throughout his young life. Shane R. Little was a native of Bedford and a graduate of the BHS Class of 2000. His enthusiastic, life-long passion for playing basketball earned Shane positions on both the Bedford High School and Framingham State University Basketball teams. Following college, Shane moved to New York City and began his career in the restaurant industry. Shane was well known for his kindness and ability to motivate others, his inspiring team and leadership skills, and his passion for helping others on and off the basketball court. Shane left this world much too young due to sudden heart failure on August 7, 2020. 


The Mary & Owen McHarg Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a hardworking, average student. Mary Louise (Earley) McHarg who valued education was a diligent student at Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury, and who studied mathematics at Emmanuel College. In 1953 she moved to Bedford with her husband Owen, to raise their family. Once the youngest was of school age, she began tutoring and substitute teaching in the Bedford School system. Mary accepted an offer to teach math full time at Bedford High School in 1968 where she taught Math, Algebra and Geometry for 18 years. While at Bedford High School she was an advisor to the Student Senate and supported CSF of Bedford through the Dollars for Scholars door to door campaign. She also taught CCD through St. Michael's Parish. She passed away in June 2011 and the McHarg family hopes her legacy and love of education will be remembered through this scholarship.


The Ethan Miller Scholarship Fund is awarded to graduating Bedford High Varsity hockey players who have shown the commitment required to contribute to their team while maintaining the focus and discipline to achieve academic success. Ethan was born in January 1997 in Bedford where he spent the next 20 years actively involved in all aspects of the community, was a proud member of the Class of 2015 and was extremely active in numerous sports but his true passion from the age of 5 was hockey.  His early hockey career included playing 8 years in the Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey program, the Bedford Middle School team, and countless spring, summer and fall travel teams. After entering BHS, Ethan earned a spot on the Varsity hockey team where he played all four of his high school years while he continued to play spring and fall travel with his BHS teammates.  Ethan was selected varsity captain of the Bedford High team in both his junior and senior years and was an instrumental part of one of the hockey program's most historic 4-year runs. Ethan passed away on January 15, 2019, and is survived by his parents, Christine, and Dennis, as well as his older sister and best friend Claire (BHS Class of 2012). Ethan had a tremendous personality, and a compassionate and caring attitude, but perhaps his greatest attributes, both on and off the ice, were his incredible work ethic and his ability to earn the respect of everyone he met. 


The Ann Milligan Memorial Scholarship which serves to honor the students that Ann celebrated each day is given to a good student with school/community spirit. After raising her family, Ann began working for the Bedford Public Schools as a secretary in the Bedford High School Student Office and was a fixture in the office for nearly two decades. Ann always had her finger on the pulse of the school and knew almost every student's name. She had a special place in her heart for the students who came from difficult backgrounds, taking them under her wing and guiding them along. Ann was much more than a secretary at BHS, she was a supportive, caring, compassionate and sincere caretaker of Bedford High's students. Ann was a woman who made a difference in the lives of others, giving unselfishly and expecting nothing in return.  At the age of 61, Ann passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. 


The Sheldon H. Moll Family and Friends Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student planning to attend MIT or other top engineering institution majoring in Aeronautics, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or Mathematics and has a minimum 3.5 GPA. Dr. Sheldon H. Moll who was born in New York received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Physics from MIT, was married to his wife, Gloria for 54 years and lived most of his life in Bedford. He helped found and was a Sr. V.P. for Amray, Inc. a Bedford company that developed electron microscopes. Shelly was an example for Bedford parents with his dedication and involvement in his six children's sporting activities and academics. He coached soccer, baseball and was always on the pool deck for swimming events that his family participated in with distinction. Shelly was a contributor and town leader serving as a Town Selectman and as a member of many town committees such as Finance, Capital Expenditures and Hanscom Field Advisory. He was also a member of the Air Force Community Leadership Program, the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Education Alliance, the Board of Assessors and worked with the Town Council on Aging. It is most appropriate that he be remembered each year at the Bedford High School Graduation by a scholarship given in his name as he set an example as a parent, contributing member of his community and a professional who did so much and did it well.


The Raymond and Doris Nickerson Scholarship is for a student who is working to pay their own way through college. Longtime Bedford residents Raymond S. Nickerson, Ph.D., and his wife Doris established this scholarship out of abundant generosity and belief in the value of education.  After raising their family here, the Nickersons created a scholarship intended for a student who is working to pay their own way through college.  The Nickersons also built a collection of materials at the Bedford Free Public Library to help others learn more about learning and developmental disabilities in honor of their son Danny, who was multi-handicapped and died at age 30. 


The Irene Parker Memorial Scholarship is given to a METCO student who has demonstrated excellence, the hallmark of Irene Parker's own life.  Irene Pearl Leanora Parker served with distinction as Bedford's first METCO coordinator. METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) established as part of the state Racial Imbalance Act of 1965, continues to provide suburban opportunities for inner-city minority students. During her twenty-four-year reign Irene guided many Boston students from age five through graduation. Many of her students have become doctors, lawyers, and other professionals in large part due to her guidance and leadership. Irene was a co-founder of the Concerned Black Citizens of Bedford and a stellar member of the Bedford Human Relations Council. As stated by that council shortly after her death in 2000, " Those…(who knew)… Irene appreciated her candor, determination, confidence, and the essential worth of all human beings, and …along with it all…her unfailing sense of humor." 


This Esther M. Peel Scholarship which was established by friends, family, former students, and grateful parents is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in elementary education. Esther M. Peel was an elementary teacher in the Bedford Schools for 36 years (1964 - 2000).  "Miss Peel" was especially  proud of her experience working in the Integrated Day Program. She had very fond memories of working with a dedicated team of professionals, wonderful children and committed parents.  Esther was born in Waltham and graduated from Framingham State College with a bachelor's degree and a master's from  Leslie College.


The Pickman Family Scholarship is awarded to a student who is involved in the community. The Pickman family immigrated to America in the mid 1600's and settled in Salem. The family bought land along the Concord River in Bedford, some of which is now part of the Great Meadows conservation land, and some is the Huckins Farm property. The Pickman family was a supporter of the town, giving what was the town's library and is now the old town office building. David Pickman, born in 1921 in the "the Big House" on Dudley Road, along with his wife Elizabeth raised six children on Dudley Road. He worked as a journalist and for the Environmental Protection Agency and was very interested and involved in town affairs, running for Town Selectman several times. He was particularly concerned about zoning issues as he watched Bedford go from a farming community to what it is today, a Boston suburb. After he retired in 1986, he began helping Bedford High School students learn to write. He continued to tutor English for another ten years taking an interest in his students and attending some school and town functions where he would enjoy seeing the students he had tutored. When he felt the time had come to give up tutoring, he set up the Pickman Family Scholarship to continue to help the students in Bedford in some way.


The Silvester J. Pomponi Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who will be studying engineering or computer science, has a minimum 3.0 GPA and participates in extracurricular activities. Silvester ("Sal") Pomponi (1929 - 2019) served as the co-chair of the Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon for more than 25 years with his wife Alma. Through their diligent efforts, the Phone-a-thon raised over $1.1 million in college scholarships for graduating Bedford High School students. Sal was born in Italy and emigrated to the US at age four. He graduated from Stamford High School and J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT, and worked as a draftsman. After being drafted for the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Army, where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class and was awarded three Bronze Stars. Upon returning home, Sal pursued his dreams of higher education, first at the University of Bridgeport School of Engineering and then graduating from MIT in 1957 with a BS in electrical engineering. Sal had a distinguished 60-year career as a command-and-control systems engineer with The MITRE Corporation in Bedford. Sal believed in the power of education to improve people's lives and felt called to help young students with the assistance to realize their dreams. 


The Richard T. Reed Municipal Service Scholarship is given to a student planning a career in municipal government or public administration such as public finance, health, planning, criminal justice, law enforcement, human services, or recreation.  Richard Reed had a 42-year career in local government public service initially inspired by two mentors who served as municipal managers themselves.  As Bedford's Town Manager-Administrator for 30 years, he led the Town of Bedford's professional staff and worked with its elected officials and citizen volunteers.  He has a BA in Political Science from Villanova University and a Master of Public Administration from The American University. He and his spouse, Carol raised their two children here, both graduating from Bedford High School, and both are employed in public service positions in local government. 


Pat Shamon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who participated in athletics or musical theater. Pat Shamon was a 43-year resident of Bedford. Under her guidance, her five sons and one daughter were outstanding Bedford High School athletes, recipients of CSF awards and went on to successful careers. Pat loved Bedford and was an avid supporter of all town and high school athletic programs. She was a long-term member of St. Michael's Catholic Church choir, sang with the Bedford Choral Society, and frequently entertained Bedford seniors with her singing. She assisted many disabled and elderly seniors helping them attend medical appointments, donated much time to the Bedford Santa program, the elementary school library and Bedford scouting programs. Her great pastimes were attending musical theatre or listening to recorded music. The Shamon family established this scholarship to commemorate her devotion to her family, her friends, and the Bedford community.  


The Shawsheen River Rats Scholarship Fund was established to assist students planning post high school education and for whom music and the arts are an important part of their lives. The Shawsheen River Rats, an acapella vocal quintet, performed their own arrangements of jazz standards and off-the-beaten-path choices from the American show and popular repertoire. Based in Bedford from 1979 until 1998, they won the 1993 Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes and were second runners-up in the national sweepstakes in San Francisco that year. The "Rats" musical style developed around the close harmony arrangements of Bedford resident, Charlie Schwerin. Despite their amateur status, the Shawsheen River Rats worked hard, maintained high standards and established themselves as a model of acapella singing. In 1991 the group recorded a tape which debuted on WHGH radio and, in 1994, a CD first aired on WERS radio. Proceeds from these projects went into the group's modest treasury which was used to fund this scholarship. Voices: Charlie Hodges(highest), Craig Plummer (higher), David Getty (high), Bill Reed (low), Bill Ingraham (lowest) and Charlie Schwerin, music director. 


The Shwimer Family Scholarship is awarded to a student in the top 5% of their class. The Shwimer Family has lived in Bedford since 1974 raising two daughters who attended the Bedford Public Schools all the way through high school. They received a good education and were well-prepared for their college experiences at Cornell University and George Washington University. As both Mr. and Mrs. Shwimer have doctorate degrees, they feel that education, including a college education, is very important for one's well-being later in life. They realize how expensive a college education is today, and therefore feel that the Shwimer Family Scholarship, can help a student and his/her family defray a minimal part of the college education costs. Since both Mr. and Mrs. Shwimer believe strongly in good academics, their desire is that the scholarship be awarded to a student based on his/her excellent academic record. 


The Pasquale J. "Pat" Spinosa Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in politics,  law, social sciences, or psychology and preferably planning to teach history; has a Minimum 3.5 GPA and exhibits integrity, humility, and kindness. This scholarship is given in honor of Mr. Pat Spinosa, an integral part of the Bedford High Social Studies department for more than twenty years as both a classroom teacher and Chair of the department until his retirement in 2002. Before coming to Bedford, Mr. Spinosa graduated from Somerville High School and later Boston College. Students recognized him as a teacher who cared about them as individuals. At the time of his death in 2008, one student noted, "He was a genuine person. He was one of those teachers who said hello in a way that made you feel special. He was just one of the kindest teachers I ever had." Bedford High School Principal Jon Sills praised him saying, Pat built a wonderful Social Studies program and was a pioneer in interdisciplinary teaching, with a strong commitment to intellectual development and was known by all to be a superb teacher. 


The Genevieve Stander Memorial Scholarship is given to a young person that will be attending a Massachusetts state college and like Genevieve, has a love of life, is humorous, kind, and empathetic. Genevieve, graduated from Bedford High in 2004 where she enjoyed sports and the arts. She was a Communication Major at Middlesex Community College and Salem State College at the time of her death at age 23. Genevieve was a joyful person; she was funny, and she was fun, she was articulate, artistic, a writer, a talker, a singer, an actress, a reader, a student, a clown, a fashionista, a lover of sports, of friends and of family. She was accepting of other people and tried to help anyone with a problem. It was said that she related to priests and pirates and was friends to both. She was very beautiful, and as her little cousin wrote, she was as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Her college professors considered her a leader in the classroom, although disruptive, greeting her fellow students and handing out candy during class. She loved to be challenged intellectually and would call her mother daily to continue a class discussion. Genevieve was many things to many people but dearly and unconditionally loved by family and friends and left a great void in their lives.


The Kent G. Stickney Scholarship was established as a bequest from the Edward & Evelyn Stickney Trusts, to honor their beloved son, Kent, who passed away in 1995.  The Stickneys were long-time Bedford residents, involved in many aspects of the community.  For over 50 years, the Stickneys researched the bells cast by Paul Revere and his sons. They were considered the world authorities on the subject and published a booklet listing the Revere bells still in existence. For 30 years they lectured on the subject throughout New England.


The Scholarship was first established in March 2004 to memorialize Adele A. Sweeney. Adele Sweeney was a resident of Bedford for nearly forty years.  She grew up in Newton, MA and attended Mount Ida College and Boston University.  She received academic honors from both. She was a registered nurse and during her career worked for the chief of surgery at the Deaconess Hospital.  While living in Bedford she was very active in the community.  Her activities included extensive volunteering at Emerson Hospital, Girl Scouts, St Michael's Church, Bedford Santa program, the Bedford Women's Club and Bedford Citizens Scholarship Fund (CSF). In 2022 the Scholarship was further endowed after the passing of Joseph W. Sweeney. Joe lived in Bedford for over sixty years .  He was  a three-season varsity athlete and graduated from Concord High School since Bedford did not have a high school at the time.  He graduated from Babson College and earned his MBA from Boston College .  He was very involved in the Bedford Community chairing the Bedford School Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Bedford School Committee and was the Town Moderator.  He was a Past President of the Lexington Golf Club, Bedford Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Boston College Club of Cape Cod.


The Haig A. Tatosian Memorial Scholarship is granted to a student who is in the top 10% of their class and demonstrates a dedication to public service through their active participation in community service activities. Haig A. Tatosian moved to Bedford with his family in 1956 and became active that year with the Bedford Santa program, eventually becoming its chairman. He served on the Recreation Commission as well as the Town Meeting Advisory Committee and was a member of the Bedford Lions Club. He was elected and served for ten years as the Town Moderator. Haig came from a family with a tradition of public service and devoted time to the Town of Bedford because he strongly believed in giving his talents to the common good. The Haig A. Tatosian Memorial Fund is dedicated to continuing his beliefs in the person of a graduating Bedford senior with strong academic capabilities combined with public service. 


The Norman & Janet Tobey Service Scholarship established by BHS alumni Adam and Dave Tobey, to honor their parents' 50th wedding anniversary and their longstanding connection to Bedford, is awarded to a student with a superlative record of local community service, a minimum 3.25 GPA and with plans to continue community service opportunities during college and beyond.


The Waite Memorial Scholarship, established in 1998 by local contractor Bill Waite as a tribute to his late father Myron P. Waite, is awarded to a deserving student with a concentration in the trades or affiliated fields such architecture, drafting or structural engineering. Around the turn of the century the present site of Middlesex Community College was a working farm and Myron was born in the little gray "farmhouse" that is still on the property. Myron left the farm in 1922 and established a small contracting business mainly serving the Bedford/Billerica area. In 1952 Bill became successor to his father's business in direction and territory until 1988. In retirement, he "dove" into much civic and church work. One of his major interests was the Citizens' Scholarship Foundation. As chairmen of the Endowment Committee, he spent many hours talking to people about establishing permanent funds. Bill was very much in favor of up-to-date tools and techniques to make work easier, but very opposed to short cuts that detracted from true craftsmanship. His creed was "do a good job, take pride in it and tend up to the little things". Faced with his own demise, he told his wife Joan that it would please him very much if the scholarship could carry on his memory.