February 24, 2005
Yawkey Foundation creates Scholarship Programs

Foundation Commits $750,000 to Educational Grants

DEDHAM, MA - The Yawkey Foundation has created a new Yawkey Scholars Program to help students in Eastern Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina, meet the rising costs of undergraduate college education. The Foundation also announced the creation of tuition aid programs for middle and secondary schools, as well as for adult/non-traditional educational programs. These programs are designed to facilitate educational opportunities for students of all ages.

The Yawkey Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship program that will give preference to students with unique life circumstances that have made study and achievement challenging and who have reached out for help by engaging with mentoring, or other out-of-school time, programs. The Yawkey Scholars Program will also give preference to students who are homeless or have been homeless; foster or adopted students; physically or emotionally disabled students; and students who are immigrants or who are the first in their family to attend college.

"Throughout their lives, Tom and Jean Yawkey championed education as the cornerstone to a life of opportunity and success," said John L. Harrington, executive director and trustee of the Yawkey Foundation. "In keeping with this tradition, the Board of Trustees has launched a scholarship program dedicated to the youth in our community."

To be eligible for the program, the student must be:

  • A U.S. citizen and resident of one of the following counties: Barnstable, MA; Bristol, MA; Dukes, MA; Essex, MA; Middlesex, MA; Nantucket, MA; Norfolk, MA; Plymouth, MA; Suffolk, MA; Worcester, MA; or Georgetown, SC.
  • Graduating from a high school located in one of the counties listed above.
  • Planning to enroll in the fall term for the first time at one of the eligible colleges and universities.

Under terms established by the Yawkey Foundation, the program will be administered by Scholarship America, a national nonprofit student aid service organization. For more information and an application form, please visit www.yawkey.scholarshipamerica.org. The application deadline is April 15, 2005.

New Programs for Middle, Secondary and Adult/Non-Traditional Education
In addition to the Yawkey Scholars program, the Yawkey Foundation has also created tuition aid programs for middle and secondary schools, as well as for adult/non-traditional educational programs. The Middle and Secondary School Program will grant up to $50,000 per school for student tuition aid for private middle and secondary schools that provide a high percentage of financial aid to students. Awards will be restricted to direct tuition aid for students only. Eligible schools will be limited to the aforementioned Eastern Massachusetts counties.

The Adult/Non-Traditional Education Program will award up to $50,000 per school for colleges and universities with successful programs serving adults of all ages. Awards are restricted to direct tuition aid for students only. Preference will be given to schools that demonstrate a strong and consistent track record of service to adults, specifically single parents or other disadvantaged adults. This program will be available to colleges and universities in the designated Eastern Massachusetts counties.

The Yawkey Foundations
The Yawkey Foundations were established more than twenty years ago to further serve the family's many charitable goals. Since the deaths of Tom and Jean Yawkey, the Foundations' Board of Trustees has continued the Yawkey's generous legacy, contributing to organizations large and small that share the Foundations' charitable objectives.