Haupt Family Scholarship Fund

Haupt Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines


Graduating Mount Everett Regional High School seniors planning to attend an accredited school of higher education.


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The Haupt Family Scholarship Fund was established by the late Susan Haupt Gerdine.  

Together with her husband, Erik Howard Haupt of South Egremont, Susan started the Haupt Tree Company in 1951. Susan and Erik owned and operated the Haupt Tree Company for over 40 years before selling the business to their two sons.

In addition to serving the Haupt Tree Company with an acute mind for business, Susan was also dedicated to the tree industry and her community as a whole. She served as president for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school board for many years. In addition, following Erik’s time as president of the National Arborists Association—now known as the Tree Care Industry Association—Susan also served in the TCIA as the first woman on the board of directors, and was later elected to serve as its first woman president. Her work received international attention and, on two occasions, Susan and some other colleagues from TCIA traveled to Great Britain, where they presented seminars and workshops on the management of the tree care business.

Susan’s love for Berkshire County and her belief in the importance of education led her to establish the Haupt Family Scholarship Fund for students graduating from Southern Berkshire Regional School District.


The scholarship is for the benefit of students graduating from Mount Everett Regional High School who have a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and education.


If funding is available and there are eligible candidates, the fund will award $5,000 to one graduating senior. The scholarship recipient may receive additional $5,000 awards annually throughout his/her college career provided he/she continues to meet the scholarship criteria. The maximum amount awarded to one student will be $20,000.


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

  • Significance of the scholarship award to the student, particularly financial significance
  • Excellence in achievement

Applications will be reviewed by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District Scholarship Committee of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.


$5,000 per year


March 15

Common App

Visit our online portal to complete our common application.