Antonio and Antoinette Pieropan Scholarship Fund
WHO CAN APPLY
Residents of Stockbridge or West Stockbridge.
Antonio “Tony” Pieropan was a lifelong resident of West Stockbridge, MA. He attended the village elementary school and Williams High School, graduating in 1946. Tony enlisted in the Navy upon graduation and served as an electrician in post WWII Europe. After his discharge, Tony attended Coyne Electric School in Chicago, and upon receipt of his diploma, he returned immediately to his hometown, where he worked his entire career as an electrician.
Throughout his life Tony was an active and generous member of the community, volunteering his skills, serving on committees, supporting his church and promoting conservation. Tony and his wife Antoinette were not blessed with children of their own and The Antonio and Antoinette Pieropan Scholarship Fund reflects and promotes their values by supporting the ability of local young people to be independent contributing members of their community. As a tradesman himself, Tony would encourage the efforts of any student who would rather wear a tool belt than a necktie, and support those who wanted to pursue training and certification in the trades and services.
The Antonio and Antoinette Pieropan Scholarship provides support for higher education for students who have significant financial need and who are residents of Stockbridge or West Stockbridge. Scholarships may be renewed upon reapplication and approval for each year of the students’ undergraduate studies up through the academic year in which the student turns 23, pending availability of funds and the success of the student in his/her selected program. Preference will be given, if there are eligible candidates, to students interested in vocational (or other non-traditional) degrees in the trades, technical fields or in getting a certificate from a professional training program that will assist them in advancing their work in the field of their choice. Examples of such programs, not intended to be exhaustive, are: medical technology, building trades (plumbing, electrical, etc.), commercial driving, and public safety (fire/police).
- Students who have been residents of Stockbridge or West Stockbridge for a minimum of 5 years prior to application.
- Students who are 21 or younger at the date of application provided they have graduated from high school or will graduate in the year of application, or have received a GED.
- Students may be attending a public or private high school.
If funding is available and there are eligible candidates, the fund will award $3,750 to one graduating senior. Recipients may apply to renew their scholarships as long as they continue to meet the award criteria up to a maximum of $15,000 over four years. Awards will be paid directly to the school for the student's second semester (provided evidence is submitted of being enrolled and in good academic standing).
The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria:
- Significant financial need
- Academic achievement relative to intended vocational path
- Motivation and commitment to achieving life goals
- Character deserving of support and encouragement
Applications will be reviewed by a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. This is a committee of area residents who are active in community affairs. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.