William Stanley Scholarship Fund


Scholarship Guidelines


Berkshire County residents planning to attend a two- or four-year college


Visit our online portal to complete our common application, which will determine your eligiblity for all Berkshire Taconic scholarships. Once you have logged in, select "Apply" at the top of the page, then scroll to the bottom of the list to find "Scholarship Common Application."


The William Stanley Scholarship Fund was created in 1991 following the dissolution of the Stanley Club, a social club for the General Electric Company for over 50 years in Berkshire County. The Club was named after William Stanley, an inventor and a pioneer in the early development of the advantages of alternating electrical current (AC) over Thomas A. Edison’s direct current (DC) system and demonstrated the practicality of AC generation and transmission by his historical lighting of stores and hotels on Main Street in Great Barrington, Mass., on March 20, 1886. William Stanley was originally associated with Westinghouse, but formed the Stanley Manufacturing Company in Pittsfield in 1992. The company was bought by General Electric Company in 1903. The scholarship fund is named in his honor. The purpose of the fund is to offer assistance to Berkshire County residents planning to attend a two- or four-year college.  


Applicants must:

  • Have physically lived within Berkshire County during the last two years of high school
  • Demonstrate motivation and academic achievement
  • Be a high school senior with SAT scores of 1000 or more, in the top 20% of the class, and with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need, and plan to attend a four-year college
  • Finalists must be available for an interview


There is one William Stanley Scholarship recipient selected each year. The scholar receives $3,000 and may reapply for funding each year of school, as he/she continues to meet the scholarship criteria.


Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship advisory committee of Berkshire Taconic. This is a committee of Berkshire County residents are who active in community efforts. The committee will interview finalists in May in Pittsfield, Mass. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic's Board of Directors. Applicants will be informed of the foundation's decision within three months of the deadline date.

The committee will review applications according to the following criteria:

  • The student’s academic achievement.
  • The student’s efforts and ambitions to achieve their academic and life goals. 
  • Financial need
  • Community service



$3,000 per year


March 15

Common App

Visit our online portal to complete our common application.