Wellesley Community Awards
The following awards are funded by annual donations made by community organizations, and presented at the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation Award Ceremony. Information on how to apply for these scholarships is available on the WSF application.
KIWANIS CLUB AWARDS
The mission statement of the Wellesley Kiwanis organization, chartered on May 19, 1926, is “Young Children: Priority One.” Kiwanis sponsors, supports and/or organizes many programs and events in Wellesley throughout the year including: boot and shoe vouchers for needy children; bicycle Safety Rodeo family day; Wellesley High School Key Club; Wellesley College Circle K Club; college scholarships for Wellesley students; Christmas Luncheon for Boston Renaissance Charter School students; toys for Newton Wellesley Hospital pediatric wing through the Doug Garron Toy Fund; penny drive for children in need in the Philippines; bell ringing for the Salvation Army; annual Luncheon for Wellesley town employees and new teachers to the Wellesley Public Schools. Over the years Kiwanis has been a substantial contributor to the educational support of Wellesley youth. In 1956 a Memorial Fund was established to honor past members of the Kiwanis Club of Wellesley. Following the November 2004 death of Arnold Wakelin, Jr., Wellesley’s Executive Director and 43-year member (41 years as treasurer) of Wellesley Kiwanis, a new scholarship was established in his name. The R. Arnold Wakelin, Jr. Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2005. Today Kiwanis provides three recurring scholarships totaling more $42,000 to twelve Wellesley students.
SPRAGUE SCHOOL PTO SCHOLARSHIP
Sprague Elementary School, which opened in 2002, may be the newest of the Wellesley elementary schools but its PTO is the first to announce its initiation of an annual $1,000 college scholarship to benefit its former students. Sprague PTO former president Elaine Marten said, “The Sprague community is pleased to be able to demonstrate its commitment to guaranteeing the best education possible for Sprague children.” Inspired to stay connected to this tight- knit Sprague community, PTO VP Jill Fischmann, who initiated these efforts, explained, “This new scholarship is designed to complete the full circle, following Sprague attendees through the Wellesley Public School system, then continuing to support those who may need assistance to pursue a higher level of education.” This year’s Sprague PTO Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving former Sprague School attendee who is a graduating high school senior.
THE WELLESLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The mission of the Wellesley Historical Society's Scholarship Fund is to inspire public involvement in and appreciation of Wellesley's heritage and culture among Wellesley's youth. Scholarships are awarded to residents of Wellesley who are pursuing a post-secondary education in either trade school or two or four year undergraduate college programs. Scholarships were first awarded in 2008 and are now given to three Wellesley students. By helping Wellesley students continue their education, the Wellesley Historical Society seeks to give back to its community and hopes to instill a greater town-wide awareness of its goals.
WELLESLEY PATROLMEN'S ASSOCIATION
The Wellesley Patrolmen's Association is an organization of patrol officers established to support the personnel of the Wellesley Police Department. All patrol officers are members of this organization and contribute funds to support its efforts. In 1995, the Wellesley Patrolmen's Association voted to establish two $500 scholarships to honor the memories of two patrol officers who died that year, Officer Stuart Savage and Officer Joseph Fitzsimmons. These two scholarships are to be awarded, if possible, to students who are pursuing a career in criminal justice or a related field.
WELLESLEY TURKEY TROT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit in Massachusetts in May of 2015. The purpose of the Foundation is to organize, promote and manage The Wellesley Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk. The Foundation’s goal is to engage the community in the event and to support local charities in the areas of cancer, medical research, education and community service.
The Wellesley Scholarship Foundation also assists in the awarding of scholarships for the Town of Wellesley Scholar Awards, Town of Wellesley War Memorial Scholarship, and Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club. Information on how to apply for these scholarships is available on the WSF application.