By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
New Hampshire photographer Becky Field has been documenting the lives of New Hampshire’s immigrant and refugee families since 2012, sharing their rich cultural diversity and honoring their contributions to our communities. And she noticed something similar about these very diverse families: an unflagging emphasis on the importance of education. But she also realized that many of these families lack the financial resources to send their children to four-year colleges — even when the children excel in high school. Field, a former college professor, partnered with the Foundation to establish the Different Roots, Common Dreams Scholarship Fund to help students of any age who came to New Hampshire as refugees or immigrants and want to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree. Applications for the first round of scholarships from this fund will open in February of 2018. Contributions can be made to the fund online at give.nhcf.org/DifferentRoots.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces six scholarship recipients for the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarships support students from A. Crosby Kennett High School in Conway — awarding $66,500 in scholarships in 2020.
Social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry will spend her sabbatical year on a project called "Promoting Just Schools," aiming to help ensure that all New Hampshire children have an equal opportunity to thrive in the classroom.
Meredith Peck of Holderness, now a medical resident, plans to return to New Hampshire to practice as a family doctor in communities in need of primary care physicians.
Charitable Foundation scholarships are helping Marissa and Dalton Courtemarche of Lyndeborough finish their degrees and embark on careers in veterinary medicine and environmental conservation.
Kaylee Downs of Rochester is earning a degree in fire science from Lakes Region Community College with help from Charitable Foundation Scholarships.
Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.
Judy Burrows retired at the end of 2019. Her life's work has made life better for thousands of people.
More than 400 New Hampshire people and families have set up scholarship funds at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help other New Hampshire people get the education they need.
Charitable Foundation Student Aid program helps some 1,500 students each year get the education they need to achieve their dreams.
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund provides college money for students of Kennett High School in North Conway, which serves eight towns in the Mount Washington Valley. Bill’s stepson, Ron Collins, remembered Bill Levy saying: “I want the kids in the Valley to have a chance. If they have the gumption to go to school, but not the money, I’m going to help them.’
Megan Flanagan, a four-year recipient of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship, graduated last spring from the University of Vermont with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration while running two small businesses — and dreaming of a bright future in the North Country
Mark Connolly spent his career "paying forward" the hand-up that helped him finish college and embark on a lifetime of accomplishments. Now, a scholarship fund in his name will continue to do the same for New Hampshire students