WILLIAM STANLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Berkshire County residents planning to attend a two- or four-year college and Berkshire County residents currently enrolled at a college and in good academic standing.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

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, and to also offer other Berkshire residents enrolled in good standing at college.  

ELIGIBILITY

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

AWARDS

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

REVIEW 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