CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars

on Track for Banner Year

Despite Pandemic

Read more about us in Mike Rosenberg's article in the Bedford Citizen

56th Annual Event
Mail-a-thon Fundraiser
March 2021


We are unable to host our annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon due to COVID-19 this year, but we are continuing to adapt and improvise - just as our high school students have done all year.

We are conducting a Mail-a-thon fundraiser this year to gather support for the scholarships our high school seniors will need more than ever.

Bedford residents will receive personal letters in early March asking for your continued generous support of CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars.

All contributions are awarded as financial scholarships to seniors heading off to college or pursuing other education.

  • To donate online, click here
  • Or scan our QR code with your phone 


  • All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law
  • If paying by check, please make payable to "CSF of Bedford" and mail to: CSF of Bedford Dollar for Scholars, PO Box 585, Bedford, MA 01730
  • If your company matches gifts to charitable organizations, please ask your employer for the necessary forms.


Thank You Bedford:

Spirited fun and friendship dominated the 7th Annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Virtual Trivia Night. This first-time virtual scholarship fundraiser hosted by Stump! Trivia on Saturday, February 6, 2021 was a resounding success and drew the largest attendance of 200 players of Bedford families and friends. Twenty-four teams competed on Zoom with great camaraderie to raise scholarship funds for our high school seniors. Now in its 56th year, CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars has awarded over $2.8 million to over 3240 students. $148,000 in scholarships was awarded to our seniors in 2020.

Congratulation to all our teams and thank you for supporting this most successful event! 

Read more about the event from our friends at the Bedford Citizen. 

Winning Teams:

1st Place: "First Course" with a perfect score of 70 points

"First Course" Players: Jenn Bouchard; Jen Crawford; Lisa Romeo; Sally Ehrenfried; Karen Finocchio; Kristen Andersen
2nd Place: "Team Citizen" coming in second with 69 points & winning the tie breaker question between "Bedford T(rivia) V(ictors)"

"Team Citizen" Players: Mike Rosenberg; Dot Bergin; Joan Bowen; Gene Kalb; Ryan Doucette; Prakhar Gupta; Teri Morrow; Ginni Spencer; Jerry Wolf; Elizabeth Hacula

Runners Up for 2nd Place: "Bedford T(rivia) V(ictors)"

"Bedford TV" Players: Katie Duval; Mike Duval; Laura Trainor; Mike Davis; Bob Dutton; Jean Dutton; Gretchen Kind; Scott Rauch; Paul Wittman; Suneeta Tembulkar

1988 CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Recipient

Neera Tanden

Biden's Choice for Office of Management & Budget Director

Neera Tanden - Courtesy image (c) cdn.americanprogress.org all rights reserved

Neera Tanden was a 1988 CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars recipient of the Millipore Scholarship and DAR Good Citizen Certificate.

Learn more about Neera's links to Bedford in Mike Rosenberg's article in the Bedford Citizen.

We are pleased to share the sincere gratitude expressed by several of our recent scholarship recipients:



Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. I (and countless other Bedford graduates) am so grateful for your help in affording ever-more expensive college, and every dollar counts. I am super excited to start my journey at Mount Holyoke College next year and I really appreciate everyone who is helping me get there!

Sincerely, LN


Thank you so much for the Dollars for Scholars scholarship! I'm very grateful for your dedication to the program and your utmost generosity. In the fall I'm going to attend Smith College and study neuroscience on a pre-med track and I'm looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. I'm appreciative for all you do for the students of the Bedford community - it really means a lot. Thanks again, JA


[I am] a member of the BHS graduating class of 2020. I am writing to you to personally thank you for your generous scholarship donation, which has allowed me to be awarded a Dollars for Scholars scholarship. For that, I am extremely grateful, and appreciate your kind gesture. I will be putting this award towards my college tuition this fall at Saint Anselm College, where I will be enrolling in the Honors College of Nursing. I will also be playing on the women's lacrosse team. Without generous donors like you, I wouldn't be able to attend nursing school & carry out my dream of becoming a CRNA one day, so THANK YOU!!! I hope you are staying safe & healthy. Thank you again with all my heart. Best, IS, BHS '20


I wanted to sincerely thank you for the very generous scholarship. […] I'd like to introduce myself. Throughout high school I actively ran on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. I was captain of all 3 as well as being part of Student Ambassadors, Peer Leaders and Yearbook Club. I recently earned my Gold Award which focused on mental health and art. In the fall, I plan to attend Saint Anselm College, and still exploring my options for a major. I strive to continue to involve myself within the community for the better. I'm forever grateful for your support to not only me but other members of the Bedford community. Best, GF


I would like to reach out to personally thank you for selecting me for the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. This award will greatly help me achieve my goal of attending and graduating college. Next year I will be attending Western New England University in Springfield, MA to study mechanical engineering and play on the first ever women's ice hockey team. With my degree I hope to work on making more fuel efficient cars in order to slow global warming. Yet again thank you, I am excited to see where the future takes me. All the best, HG


[…] I am a BHS 2020 graduate who received the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. I am so incredibly honored to receive this scholarship and all the work that went into it and the event as a whole! Thank you for your generosity! With the scholarship, I will be attending the University of Toronto in the fall studying psychology! Thank you again and I hope you are staying well, safe, and healthy during this time. Warmly, CB '20


I'm writing to thank you for your involvement in Dollars for Scholars. Because of your generosity and efforts, I was awarded with a Dollars for Scholars scholarship. This gift helps reduce my financial burden and make college more affordable. I appreciate you, and am grateful for your kindness and efforts to help me afford college! All the best, SF


Thank you so much for the generous scholarship you have awarded me. I am excited to put that money towards my education at the University of Maryland where I will be studying marketing in the Business School. I am truly grateful for all that you have done. Sincerely, DA


Thank you so much for the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. I am attending Hofstra University next year, majoring in Film and Television Production. I'm very excited and grateful for the money to help me get there. My mom also reminded me that you used to always support my school fundraisers. I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do to support the Bedford schools and the kids. -JR


I would like to formally thank your supports & efforts in helping the 2020 Dollars for Scholars. I will forever be appreciative. I hope you & your family are staying healthy! My best, EK (Class of 2020)


I've enjoyed participating in the Dollars for Scholars phone-a-thon over the past 4 years. This scholarship is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I want to thank everyone who contributed to my scholarship, as well as all scholarships that went to my peers. Thank you, JA


I wanted to express my appreciation to you and the Dollars for Scholars for supporting myself and many other Bedford students. I plan on continuing my studies next year at the University of Michigan, and am very grateful for the help. Sincerely, NH


Thank you to you and Dollars for Scholars for the very generous scholarship! It will be very useful for my endeavors in Computer Science at Purdue University this fall. Thanks -QH


[…], I am a graduating senior from Shawsheen Valley Vocational Technical High School. I was recently notified that I will be receiving the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship which you organize and would like to express my appreciation to you! This scholarship will allow me to continue my educational journey at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where I will study public health in hopes of joining the United States Public Health Service in Washington DC. Since we were unable to meet in person for this scholarship I figured I should tell you a bit about myself. At Shawsheen I was able to obtain a vocational education in my chosen field of medical assisting. Upon the end of coronavirus I plan to sit for the registered medical assistant exam. Being a first generation college student Shawsheen felt like the right choice for me because it would provide me with a background that sets me apart from other students. Again thank you so much for the scholarship, this will alleviate some of the financial stress of college allowing me to focus solely on my studies. I hope all is well with you and wish you the best during these times. Sincerely, TS


I am writing to say thank you for the "Dollars for Scholars" award. I am extremely thankful for the opportunities to enhance my education through everything Dollars for Scholars has given me. The…award will pay contribution to my education at the University of Pittsburgh! Thank you, CP


I wanted to reach out and say thank you for the generous gift that will be put towards my college tuition. I was thankful to be able to volunteer and be a part of CSF these past four years. It's an amazing organization and I appreciate all the work, time, and effort that you and many other volunteers put into the program. Thank you again for your support with this scholarship, I really appreciate it. SD


Thank you for doing so much to support the hard-working students of this community. I am very grateful to be one of the recipients of the Dollars for Scholars STEM award. I will put the money to good use to further my education. -DK


Thank you so much for the generous scholarship. I will be attending Boston College in the fall and will be studying Political Science and Music. I enjoyed performing with the BHS Jazz Band at the previous 3 CSF awards ceremonies, and wish I could have done so this year as well.

Sincerely, TG


Thank you so much for awarding me with the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship! I am truly grateful that you saw me as a deserving recipient and were able to award me with the scholarship. Have a great summer! -JH


Thank you so much for the Dollars for Scholars award. I think I'm speaking for all of my fellow classmates when saying the award will help tremendously towards our academic careers. I am planning on majoring in Marine Biology and potentially doubling in Environmental Science at the University of Rhode Island. I hope that my studies will help me benefit our ecosystem in the future. Thanks once more to you and the rest of the Dollars for Scholars team for devoting your time and effort to the Bedford community. Sincerely, ZS




 We invite our 2020 Scholarship recipients, families, friends, donors and the Bedford Community to view the 2020 CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars YouTube awards presentation by clicking on the following link:

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. 

Bedford Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon a Ringing Success

The 55th annual Phone-a-thon of Dollars for Scholars contacted Bedford and Hanscom community residents who pledged almost $32,000 according to chairpersons Alma Pomponi and Scott Dyer. Projected donations are expected to exceed $55,000.

The MITRE Corporation, Burlington Road, was the site of the telephone fund drive efforts for 131 Bedford High School student callers over the February 29 - March 1 weekend.   Students were recruited by Social Studies Department teachers, coordinated by Christine Butler, and worked in two-hour shifts.  Many adult volunteers stuffed the pledge envelopes sent to over 5200 residents.

The money raised in the 55th annual "Dollars for Scholars" Phone-a-thon is the principal source of funds for college scholarships awarded to graduating seniors by Dollars for Scholars.  Additional scholarship awards will bring this year's scholarships totals to around $132,000 which will be presented at a reception held at the Bedford Glen DoubleTree Hotel on May 27, 2020.  "Dollars for Scholars" donations can be mailed to CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 585, Bedford, MA 01730-0585. On-Line donations are also accepted. Please visit the Donate Now page of our website.

Any graduating senior from Bedford High School, or any Bedford resident who is graduating from any other secondary school, or completes home schooling, is eligible for scholarship aid.  Aid is available for students going to four-year colleges, two-year colleges, or to schools for technical, vocational or specialized training.  Student applications are available now online, with the deadline of March 20.  

The awards committee of scholarship directors and other local citizens meets in the spring to review the applications of students who apply for aid.  CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars seeks to award scholarships on the basis of merit with the amount determined by need, following the guidelines of the national organization.

Please see below for photos of our student and adult volunteers and also visit the Bedford Snapshots Facebook page to view additional photos from the Phone-a-thon courtesy of Jeffrey Hoyland.





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



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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.



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 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.