The Town of Holbrook Scholarship Committee began in 1988 as a community-based scholarship fund to offset some of the cost of attending college for Holbrook residents graduating high school. The committee consists of a minimum of five Holbrook residents who meet several times a year. The fund receives no money in the town budget; it relies solely on the generosity of local residents and businesses. Funds are solicited from town residents through request letters sent to homeowners in their property tax or water bills twice a year. Applications are available around April 1st in the town clerk’s office and are due back May 1st.
Student applicants fill out an application form which includes academic records, SAT scores, GPA, co-curricular activities, community service, employment experience, as well as a personal statement with goals and aspirations. A letter of support from a school guidance counselor or other responsible adult familiar with the student and his/her overall character is also required.
Since 1988, more than 130 students have received these scholarships, which are publicly awarded at a Selectboard meeting at the end of May. No donation is too small, and all monies received go directly to students to offset the costs of higher education.
|Julie Hamilton||Superintendent of Schools, ex officio|