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The Honorable James P. Dohoney Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines


Graduating seniors of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Lenox Memorial High School or Lee High School.


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Judge James P. Dohoney (1942-1995) honored our community through his devotion to his family, to the legal profession and to his beloved Berkshires. In honor of Judge Dohoney’s memory, a fund was created in 1999 as a resource for residents of South Berkshire County to assist families with children pursuing a post-secondary education. The purpose of the fund is to instill in students those ideals for which Judge Dohoney stood in his life and in his career, namely fairness, kindness and decency. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice,” he often said.

James P. Dohoney was born on Feb. 25, 1942 in Great Barrington and was the son of former Southern Berkshire District Court Clerk James R. Dohoney and Veronica Dunn Dohoney. Judge Dohoney was appointed to the Southern Berkshire District Court in 1980 and named First Justice of the Court in 1992. On March 24, 1993, Governor William F. Weld appointed Judge Dohoney to the Superior Court.

Judge Dohoney is remembered by his colleagues as being a fair and thoughtful jurist, for his kindness and decency to all those who appeared before him and for his remarkable sense of humor.

In addition to his legal accomplishments, Judge Dohoney was an active participant in the southern Berkshire community. He was a firm believer in community service and worked to maintain and ensure a quality of life for all who live and work here. His legacy is consistent with the Jesuit value of “living for others.”


Graduating seniors of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Lenox Memorial High School or Lee High School who are entering their first year of a two-year or four-year college or university are eligible to apply.


If there are eligible candidates, the fund will offer awards ranging between $1,000 and $8,000 each.


Applications will be initially reviewed on an anonymous basis (without identifying information) prioritizing the following criteria:

  • Living for others/service above self (which can be demonstrated in various and diverse ways)
  • Financial need
  • Significance of the award to the student’s ability to further their education

Applications will be reviewed by the Dohoney Scholarship Advisory Committee* in consultation with school guidance departments, and finalists will be offered an in-person interview. The Advisory Committee is made up of individuals who are active in South County and have a deep understanding of the mission of the fund and Judge Dohoney’s legacy. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.

*Advisory Board members with a conflict of interest are recused from the application review process but remain active in fund management and direction.


$1,000 to $8,000


March 15

Common App

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