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The 2020 Atkinson Scholarship Program is closed for the year. Check back in mid-October 2020 for the 2021 application which will be due on February 1, 2021.
The Atkinson Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to recognize local high school seniors with financial need, academic promise and the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to society.
The program is named for Sudbury Foundation founders Herbert and Esther Atkinson who believed strongly in giving back to the community and were particularly interested in supporting the town’s young people.
The program offers eligible students a maximum of $5,000 per year in scholarship assistance for approved post-secondary and vocational training.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating high school senior who is:
- A Sudbury resident or the dependent of a Sudbury resident; or
- Enrolled at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LS): or
- The dependent of a full-time Town of Sudbury or Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School employee.
Candidates must first meet a certain threshold of financial need. (For information on determining financial need, see below.) Applicants are then selected based on past academic performance and future potential as well as the desire and ability to contribute to society through community service, the advancement of a field of interest, or the sharing of a skill or talent. Course grades, standardized test scores, involvement in school and community activities, work experience, letters of recommendation, and a written essay will be considered in the recipient selection process. Semi-finalists are invited for a personal interview. Up to 15 new awards are made each year. Scholarship recipients may reapply for the Atkinson Scholarship annually during their undergraduate education. Subsequent awards are based on appropriate academic performance and continued financial need.
- Act Inc.
- Lincoln-Sudbury Scholarship Fund
- Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
- James Lavoie Scholarship/Middlesex Savings Bank
- The SmartStudent® Guide to Financial Aid
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