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The N.M.R.S. Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to seniors graduating from North Middlesex Regional High School to further their education at technical or vocational schools, 2-year colleges, or four-year colleges or universities.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded 82 scholarships totaling $51,100 to NMRHS graduates.

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About Us

Our Background

Founded in 1964, the Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation activities are managed by volunteers, and membership is open to all adult residents of the towns comprising the North Middlesex Regional School District (NMRSD) (Ashby, Townsend and Pepperell, MA), and to NMRSD personnel. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of four officers and one to three general members, elected by the membership.

Officers of Board:

Heidi Stadler, President
Pete Steeves, Vice President
Dawn Whelpley, Secretary
Lisa Spagnolo, Treasurer

For more information on how to join or support our efforts, email us at scholarship@nmrsd.org.

How Funds Are Generated

The Foundation raises funds through generous donations from local businesses, corporations, civic organizations, community groups, memorial gifts and also through the annual Scholarship Drive.

In August 2013 the N.M.R.S. Scholarship Foundation placed several Memorial Scholarship funds, which are a subset of the total funds, with the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM), with the intention of preserving and augmenting the principal of those funds.

Students help to raise funds by participating in the annual Scholarship Drive. ALL STUDENTS, Freshmen through Seniors, are encouraged to participate.

This year's drive will be Saturday, March 28, 2015. Visit the Scholarship Drive page for more information.

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Application Process

Eligibility

Recipients must be graduating seniors from North Middlesex Regional High School.

Awards are based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, financial need and participation in the annual Scholarship Drive.

Students who have never participated in the annual Scholarship Drive may not be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on the amount of scholarship funds available. A student is eligible for more funds the more years he or she participates in the drive (in addition to other determining criteria).

Application

The scholarship application will be made available on Monday April 29, 2015 (the first Monday after the Scholarship Drive). It will be available for downloading from this website, and also will be distributed by the guidance office to seniors during first period class the week of March 31st. Only one application per student is to be completed.

DEADLINE: Applications are due in the high school Guidance Office on Wednesday April 30, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline.

Students are encouraged to be as thorough and thoughtful as possible on their application. Include all information regarding sports, school and community involvement. Also include a major, field of study or general interest for post-graduate study. Information will be checked against records available at the guidance office.

Selection Process

In May, a Selection Committee consisting of Foundation members (excluding those with a graduating senior) and at least one NMRHS administrator, reviews the applications to determine awards. Applications are presented anonymously (the guidance office removes names and issues numbers to the applications) to ensure that unbiased decisions are made.

Announcement and Distribution of Awards

In mid-May, students and parents/ guardians are notified by letter that the student will be receiving a scholarship at Senior Awards Night. The date of the awards night in late May is set by the school administration. Students are given a letter announcing the name of scholarship and the award amount at Senior Awards Night.

Students are strongly encouraged to acknowledge receipt of the scholarship by writing a thank you note to the scholarship’s donor.

Awards are distributed in mid to late summer after the student submits to the Foundation a tuition bill on the college’s letterhead that includes the student’s name and intended date of matriculation.

The tuition bill may be sent electronically to the Foundation’s email, or may be mailed to the Foundation’s mailing address (see Contact Us).

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Scholarship Drive

ALL STUDENTS from North Middlesex Regional High School are encouraged to participate in a Scholarship Drive one Saturday each spring. The next drive will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (For door-to-door canvassing, earlier times apply for some canvassing locations outside businesses).

How to Participate

Students may sign-up outside Café C during lunch a week before the drive. Sign-ups are not mandatory. Signing-up in advance to solicit outside of businesses is encouraged, as these positions tend to go quickly.

Where to Go and When

Students report to Café B (guidance entrance) if canvassing in Pepperell or Townsend, or to the Ashby Library (downstairs) if canvassing in Ashby.

Door-to-door canvassing is allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are to arrive in time to door-to-door canvass for two hours, returning by the latest at 4 p.m. Foundation volunteers are present in Café B and at the Ashby Library by 8 a.m.

For soliciting at businesses, students must arrive at least 20 minutes before the shift to allow time to get to the site before the shift starts. Some locations allow for soliciting before 9 a.m. Foundation volunteers are present to get students started on-time.

Students MUST return to their point of origin to sign-out. Credit for participation will not be given if a student has not signed out.

Canvassing

After signing in (which must be done for the student to be given credit for participating), the student is given a name badge (first name only) and a large envelope with a driving route map on the front. Envelopes with the Foundation address and a “Sorry we missed you” note are included in the packet for students to leave for the resident in the event nobody answers the door. Students may request a route in their own neighborhood (It is often the most productive to canvass near home). Students are asked to be courteous, state their name, where they are from and the reason for their visit. A note card with prompts is included in the packet. Students must return to the school or to the Ashby Library to sign out . No credit is given if students do not sign in and out.

Soliciting at Businesses

As with canvassing, students sign in and then are given a name badge (first name only) and a can for collecting donations. Some businesses have particular guidelines for canvassing in front of their establishments. Students are asked to be respectful and courteous of everyone, and to abide by the businesses’ guidelines. Students must return to the school or to the Ashby Library to sign out . No credit is given if students do not sign in and out.

Canvassing Rules

If the student cannot drive, they MUST be driven by a parent/ guardian on the canvassing drive routes. Foundation volunteers cannot drive students on their routes.

If a student has his or her license, he or she MAY NOT canvass alone. Students MUST have a partner. They may canvass in groups of no more than three, if the student is of age to drive others in their car.

Parents do not need to stay with students while they are soliciting outside businesses.

ALL STUDENTS (whether canvassing or soliciting at businesses) MUST RETURN to Café B or the Ashby Library (where they started) when they have completed their route to turn in materials and sign-out, so all students are accounted for.

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Schedules

Application Schedule/ Deadlines:

For more information, see Application Process

Annual Scholarship Drive: Saturday March 28, 2015
Applications will be made available Monday March 30, 2015
Application Due Date: Wednesday April 29, 2015 (No Exceptions)

Foundation Committee Meetings:

The N.M.R.S. Scholarship Foundation Committee meets at NMRHS in Room 1 at 7 p.m. on the following dates (all Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted):

September 10, 2014 General Meeting
November 12, 2014 General Meeting
January 14, 2015 General Meeting
February 11, 2015 General Meeting
March 11, 2015 General Meeting
April 8, 2015 General Meeting
May 13, 2015 General Meeting

The Awards Selection Sub-committee will be meeting on the following dates at 3:30 p.m. in the high school (location TBD):

Tuesday May 5, 2015
Wednesday May 6, 2015
Thursday May 7, 2015 (if needed)

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Contact Us

Please complete form below, or send an email to scholarship@nmrsd.org.

NMRS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
P O BOX 715
Townsend, MA 01469

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North Middlesex Regional High School

North Middlesex Regional School District

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

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