McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Graduating seniors who are residents of Monterey and are entering their first year of a two- or four-year college or university and prior McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship recipients.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship Fund was created in 1994 by Edith Wilson in memory of her long-time friend Marjorie McLaughlin. Ms. Wilson, who was a painter, sculptor and designer, moved to Monterey in 1942. The scholarship was created as a resource for residents of the Town of Monterey, Mass., to assist in a significant way children who want to pursue a post-secondary education.

“Monterey is a spirited village where intelligent children grow. Miss Marjorie McLaughlin and I have enjoyed their progress over the past half-century. It is now my privilege to give the McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship Fund to aid Monterey’s young adults in their future education. Good life and good luck!” – Edith Wilson

ELIGIBILITY

Preference is given to students entering their first year of higher education after high school. Applicants must have physically lived within Monterey during most of the last two years of high school. An exception may be made for boarding school students whose family residence is in Monterey and for those who are attending higher educational institutions and prior recipients of McLaughlin Wilson Scholarship Fund awards.

Renewing Applicants
Preference is given to students who are entering their first year of higher education after high school. Eligible applicants, however, may include students attending vocational schools, trade schools, apprenticeships, colleges or graduate schools. Students are eligible to receive awards for attending such schools, but must re-apply annually (see the Application Form for Renewal Applicants).

The applicant must have physically lived within Monterey during most of the last two years of high school. An exception may be made for boarding school students whose family residence is in Monterey and for those who are attending higher educational institutions.

The applicant must graduate in good standing from high school.

AWARDS

Awards vary depending on the amount of funding available, the pool of candidates applying, and the strength of a candidate’s application. In recent years, awards have ranged from $1,000 to $7,500. Recipients may apply to renew their scholarships as long as they continue to meet the award criteria. Awards will be paid directly to the school (provided evidence is submitted of being enrolled and in good academic standing).

REVIEW CRITERIA

Merit is the primary criterion in determining an applicant’s eligibility for an award and the amount to be awarded. To be eligible for an award, an applicant generally must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. In determining the amount to be awarded an eligible applicant based upon merit, the Committee may consider not only the applicant’s academic record, but also the applicant’s demonstrated effort and ambition to achieve his/her academic and life goals, and history of community service. When the Committee deems it appropriate to do so, it may also weigh in its review of an applicant’s merit any difficult or challenging circumstances that the applicant has faced in pursuing his/her goals.

In addition to merit, the Committee shall consider the applicant’s financial need in determining the amount of any award, as well as any other relevant factors.

Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Advisory Committee. This is a committee of five Monterey residents who are active in community affairs, including a representative of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, a member of the Town of Monterey Select Board, a Monterey Library trustee, a Monterey Park Commission member and the librarian of the Town of Monterey. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s Distribution Committee and board of directors.