The Honorable James P. Dohoney Scholarship Fund
WHO CAN APPLY
Graduating seniors of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Lenox Memorial High School or Lee High School.
Judge James P. Dohoney (1942-1995) honored our community through his devotion to his family, to the legal profession and to his beloved Berkshires. In honor of Judge Dohoney’s memory, a fund was created in 1999 as a resource for residents of South Berkshire County to assist families with children pursuing a post-secondary education. The purpose of the fund is to instill in students those ideals for which Judge Dohoney stood in his life and in his career, namely fairness, kindness and decency. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
James P. Dohoney was born on February 25, 1942 in Great Barrington and was the son of former Southern Berkshire District Court Clerk James R. Dohoney and Veronica Dunn Dohoney. Judge Dohoney was appointed to the Southern Berkshire District Court in 1980 and named First Justice of the Court in 1992. On March 24, 1993, Governor William F. Weld appointed Judge Dohoney to the Superior Court.
Judge Dohoney is remembered by his colleagues as being a fair and thoughtful jurist, for his kindness and decency to all those who appeared before him and for his remarkable sense of humor.
In addition to his legal accomplishments, Judge Dohoney was an active participant in the Southern Berkshire community. He was a firm believer in community service and worked to maintain and ensure a quality of life for all who live and work here.
Graduating seniors of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Lenox Memorial High School, or Lee High School who are entering their first year of a two year or four year college or university are eligible to apply.
Grants awards are $1,000. The number of grants awarded depends on the amount of funding available.
Applications will be ranked as follows:
- Personal Statement (15 possible points)
- Extra Curricular Activities/Community Involvement (12 possible points)
- Financial Need (12 possible points)
- Recommendations (10 possible points)
- Other considerations (6 possible points)
Applications will be reviewed by the Dohoney Scholarship Advisory Committee. This is a committee of south county residents who are active in community affairs. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.
From 2012 through 2015, the Dohoney Scholarship Fund committee will be administering the Rev. Esther Dozier Scholarship Fund awards. The criteria for the Dozier awards are identical to the Dohoney awards; however, the Dozier Fund is a separately held fund from the Dohoney Fund.