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.

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.