Women’s Club of the Berkshires Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Female students who are residents of Berkshire County.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The Women’s Club of the Berkshires sold its property and donated the assets to create two funds, one of which is the Women's Club of the Berkshires Scholarship Fund. The Club wanted to carry on it's mission of fostering and improving the welfare of all women in Berkshire County.

The assets for the Fund came from the sale of the Thomas Colt House in Pittsfield. The Italian style villa was constructed in 1865 by Thomas Colt, an 1842 Williams College graduate. In 1937 local businessman Simon England, Sr. purchased the 15-room Civil War Era home from Miss Ruth Mill’s Private School, and deeded the home to the Women’s Club as a memorial to his late wife. The Club was incorporated in 1954, and renamed The Women’s Club of the Berkshires to reflect the growth and diversity of its members who live throughout the Berkshires and neighboring states.

ELIGIBILITY

The goal of the Women’s Club of the Berkshires Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarship support to female students who are residents of Berkshire County. Applicants must have been a full time resident of the county during most of the last two years of high school. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career that will benefit girls and women in Berkshire County.

AWARDS

There is one award of $1,200 given each year to a graduating high school senior going on to college and one $1,200 award to a returning, non-traditional or transfer student, as defined below.

Returning student: a student who is returning to formal education after a minimum of 5 years.

Non-traditional student: Any student beginning university studies after the age of 21 years.

Transfer student: a student who will be enrolling within the next academic year who is transferring at least 12 credit hours from another institution of higher education.

REVIEW CRITERIA

The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria (in descending order):

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills in school or community activities
  • Evidence of significance of the scholarship award to the student, particularly financial significance
  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Evidence of personal growth over the course of her high school career
  • Efforts and ambitions to achieve her academic and life goals

Applications will be reviewed by the Women’s Club of the Berkshires Scholarship Committee. Their recommendations will be made to Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors for final decisions.