james e. bugley scholarship - The Jamie Fund
WHO CAN APPLY
Graduating high school seniors who are residents of Berkshire County for at least two years who will attend an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute in the United States to study music or the vocational arts (automotive/mechanical/electrical technology or any of the trades).
The James E. “Jamie” Bugley Scholarship Fund (The Jamie Fund) was established in memory of the late Jamie Bugley, who died suddenly on March 31, 2010 at his home in Stockbridge, Mass. Jamie grew up in the village of Interlaken in Stockbridge. He pitched for the Interlaken Indians Little League team, and enjoyed his membership in the local Cub Scout pack. He earned spending money mowing lawns and doing chores for his neighbors. When he reached his teen years, Jamie's gift for music blossomed. He became an accomplished percussionist and vocalist, playing first in the school music programs and then forming his own band. Later he played and sang in local bands "Wishful Thinking" and "Balance," performing in venues throughout Berkshire County and in neighboring New York and Connecticut.
Jamie graduated from Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington in 1987, and from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, with honors in 1992. He was a full partner in and co-owner of Interlaken Land Management, where his talents for project planning and operating and maintaining machinery were put to good use. A perfectionist, Jamie's work was neat, professional, and always done to his high standards of quality. His work ethic was exceptional, and he always delivered what he promised, on time.
Jamie's sense of humor and quick wit endeared him to his friends and family. He could always bring a smile to the faces of those around him. Jamie loved the outdoors and said that the fields and woods and skies of the Berkshires were his office.
The goal of the Jamie Bugley Scholarship is to provide support to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Berkshire County for at least two years, who will attend an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute in the United States to study music or the vocational arts (automotive/mechanical/electrical technology or any of the trades).
If funding is available and there are eligible candidates, the fund will award $1,500 or more annually to one graduating senior. 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:
- Academic achievement and potential.
- Significance of the scholarship award to the student, particularly financial significance.
- Demonstration of motivation to succeed in pursuing a two or four year college degree/certificate.
- Evidence of community service.
Applications will be reviewed by the Jamie Fund Scholarship Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.