William J. Newton Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Residents of Berkshire County who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a two year program at a community college or a technology curriculum in a community college, technical, vocational, or trade school.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The William J. Newton Scholarship Fund was established in memory of William (Bill) J. Newton, a long time employee of Brown Packaging, Inc. who died in a car accident in 2006. Bill was noted for his ability to work with systems, whether mechanical, electronic or hydraulic, and their integration into a multitude of packaging lines installed throughout the United States and other countries. The William J. Newton Scholarship Fund aims to provide an opportunity for individuals to receive post-secondary training in trade and industrial fields.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be residents of Berkshire County and enrolled or planning to enroll in a two year program at a community college or a technology curriculum in a community college, technical, vocational, or trade school. Technical or vocational training is defined as training which does not lead to a Bachelor’s degree.

AWARDS

Awards depend on the amount available from the fund but there will be at least one award of $1,000 given each year. Awards will be paid for the student’s second semester (provided evidence is submitted of being enrolled and in good academic standing).

REVIEW CRITERIA

The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria:

  • Potential for success beyond high school, including evaluation of the applicant’s career ambitions
  • Efforts and ambitions to achieve his/her career and life goals
  • Financial need
  • Significance of the scholarship award to the student
Applications will be reviewed by the 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.