Named Funds (P-Z)
(2012-13 Recipient: Coleman Craddock-Willis)
The Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts was founded by Carlisle townspeople led by Naoko Hague in 1983 on occasion of Mrs. Peckham's retirement from her 27 years career as outstanding music educator. This tribute provides the basis of the Fund which rewards excellence in these disciplines.
"Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of opportunity to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within."
- Steven Jay Gould (The Mismeasure of Man, 1981)
THE MARGUERITE PURCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2012-13 Recipient: Paris Marsh)
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Marguerite (Peg) Purcell to honor the memory of a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and community volunteer. An advocate of community service, Mrs. Purcell was actively involved in church and town affairs. Among her many contributions to the Town of Concord was the establishment of Picnic in the Park which has become a very popular and well-attended annual July 4 community celebration. In recognition of her years of service, Mrs. Purcell was named one of Concord's Honored Citizens.
(2012-13 Recipient: Kendra Lisenby)
The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Nick's family and friends to honor the life of Nick Ressler. Nick was a promising student, artist, musician, athlete, and leader, when he lost a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 14 in 2001. Nick's education in the Concord Public Schools helped shape his life in very positive ways and nurtured his love of learning. To further other students' pursuit of knowledge, Nick's parents, Paul and Pam Ressler; sisters, Kim (CCHS '01) and Jen (CCHS '08); and Nick's friends and extended family established The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2005 to commemorate Nick's classmates' high school graduation year. Nick's family and friends hope that Nick's Renaissance spirit will continue to be recognized and remembered by awarding an annual scholarship to a four-year college or university for a local student who exemplifies Nick's pursuit of excellence in the arts, academics, athletics, and leadership
THE MAURA ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Maura’s family and friends have established this scholarship in her memory as a tribute to her enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning and her dedication and perseverance in drawing out the best from her students.
The Charles A. Robichaud Fund was established in 1997 by his family to honor Al Robichaud, who joined the science faculty at Concord Carlisle High School in 1968 and also served as head football coach for 18 years. Al retired in 1997 after 29 years of service to Concord-Carlisle High School. Al's wife, Carol, and his five children, Jeffrey, David, Michele, Michael and Kimberly, and his many friends and supporters in the community of Concord have put together this fund as a tribute to Al's dedication to Concord students, both in the classroom and on the playing field, for so many years.
This scholarship in memory of James Shepherd pays tribute to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a brilliant engineer; a passionate educator; and a person dedicated to community service. He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, physics and math before earning his doctorate in engineering at Harvard University. While studying for his doctorate, Dr. Shepherd was an instructor of physics and communication engineering at that institution. Following graduation he joined Sperry Rand where he worked on radar development and later, as head of their new research center, oversaw the work of 150 engineers. Dr. Shepherd held no fewer than 17 patents for his work on radar and electronic systems. Dedicated to his family, he shared his love of travel, tennis, photography and chess with his wife, children and grandchildren. After retiring in 1972, Dr. Shepherd was also able to pursue his passion for teaching. Not only was he a computer science instructor for the Concord-Carlisle adult education program, but he also volunteered many hours as a consultant, teacher of teachers, and tutor at Concord-Carlisle High School. His counsel, initiative and instruction were instrumental in helping the high school develop its early computer programs and to equip its new computer labs. As a result of his significant contributions to the community, Dr. Shepherd was named Concord’s Honored Citizen of 1987, an honor he shared with his wife, Annabelle, who was also recognized for her years of service to the Town of Concord.
FARNHAM W. SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2012-13 Recipients: James Carty, Sean O'Brien, Anthony Perugini, Christiaan Pfeifer))
Born in Concord in 1901, Farnham W. Smith attended the Concord Public Schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1920. He then attended Northeastern University where he received a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. Farnham then entered a family business and eventually took over management of the Blanchard Lumber Co., a wholesale distributor of lumber throughout the northeastern U. S. After World War II, he and his two brothers founded Concord Lumber Corp., which grew and prospered as a family retail lumber business, and is now owned by its employees. In 1958, Farnham founded Lincoln Management Corp., providing investment management for individuals and trusts. He actively managed this firm throughout the remainder of his life. Farnham had many other business interests, including the Maine Central Railroad, on whose board he served for 21 years. He and his wife, Susan, owned and operated Great Brook Farms in Carlisle, where they raised purebred Holstein-Friesian cattle and developed a premier bloodline for that breed. Farnham was also involved in community affairs, serving as Selectman in Concord and as a member of the Planning Board in Carlisle, where he lived from 1954 until his death in 1989. Especially interested in higher education, Farnham served more than 25 years a trustee of Northeastern University Corporation. His father, William Lincoln Smith, had been professor of electrical engineering at Northeastern for more than 30 years and Farnham funded a scholarship there in his name. Farnham's wife and family have established The Farnham W. Smith Scholarship Fund in his memory, in recognition of his love for his two "home towns" of Concord and Carlisle, as well as for his commitment to higher education.
This fund was established to honor the memory of David S. Soleau (1948-2008). He was a 1966 Concord-Carlisle High School graduate and a recipient of the Flag Award. A long-time resident of Concord, David had a deep joy for, and engagement with, life and learning. After completing his B. A. and M. Arch. degrees at Yale University, David focused his creative talents on architectural design for schools and universities in Massachusetts, the United States, and throughout the world. At the time of his death, David was President and CEO of the architectural firm, Flansburgh Associates, in Boston.
David lived life to the fullest and loved his family, his friends, nature, and the Town of Concord. Unless freezing weather prevailed, you could often see David exploring the Sudbury River in his modest fishing boat. The river was a constant source of wonder and enjoyment for him.
THE MARK TEVEROVSKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2012-13 Recipient: Kara Fadden)
THE JEANNE A. TOOMBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2012-13 Recipient: Janiece Dottin)
Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1948, Jeanne Alice Toombs was the daughter of the late Enest and Agnes Toombs, sister of Linda Hossfeld and Kimberly Beach Flint. Jeanne loved music. While growing up in Concord, Jeanne organized carol singing at Christmastime with her sisters, Linda and Nancy, and neighborhood children, a tradition that continued for many years. A life-long resident of Concord, Jeanne graduated from Concord Carlisle High School in 1966, where she was an avid participant in many musical activities: accompanying soloists, choruses, and musicals and singing in chorus, select chorus, and madrigals. Jeanne graduated from William Smith College, and then was awarded a piano teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she earned her Master of Music degree.
THE VIDEO REVOLUTION, RALPH & ELLIE GROSSI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(2012-13 Recipient: Christoper Elwood)
The Video Revolution, Ralph and Ellie Grossi Scholarship Fund was established in early August, 2007, by the Grossi family and friends to continue to support community values and the youth of Concord and Carlisle in the absence of Ralph's direct contributions. Ralph had been battling cancer for the past two years while continuing to operate the store. Then in July, 2007, he was forced to close the store very quickly in order to spend his remaining time with family. On August 13, 2007, he passed away in the comfort of his home at the age of 58. The Concord-Carlisle community spirit he has enjoyed over the years and the overwhelming community outpouring of support and best wishes through this difficult time was the inspiration to create this fund. Ralph and Ellie want to thank their friends and patrons for their love and fond wishes.
Ralph, a.k.a. Mr. Movie, spent the last 16 years working the counter at Video Revolution, 97 Thoreau Street, in Concord, Mass. He was once described as a bar tender for those who didn't go to bars; marriage counselor; and VCR repairman who makes free house calls... all wrapped up in one person. He was friend, father figure, and confidant to the high school students he hired. He helped to promote good family values in them. He also promoted family values and education in his selection of the videos available at the store. And he has always selflessly given to others and supported community programs while accepting nothing in return.. the embodiment of true community spirit... he truly paid it forward.
The Doug White Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by friends and family of Doug to honor his life. Doug grew up in
(2012-13 Recipient: Lilli Samman)
THE CHARLES K. YEREMIAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In 1994, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund voted to establish this award in memory of Charles K. Yeremian, the head of music education in the
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