Educational Aid

Important Notice to 2020 Scholarship Applicants:

When applying for a Grange Scholarship in 2020, we are changing the signature requirements for the application. Current application forms require the signatures of both the Master and Secretary along with the Grange seal.  Because Granges are not meeting at this time and these signatures may be difficult to obtain, the Educational Aid Fund Trustees have decided that the applications will be accepted with the signature of either the Master or the Secretary, or if the applicant is unable to get their application signed by one of these officers, they may include a brief, signed note from one of these officers verifying that the applicant is a member in good standing of that Grange. 

 

Please use the proper scholarship form, linked at the bottom of this page, and include all other required materials. Because we understand that it may be difficult to obtain transcripts or other required materials by the application deadline, we ask applicants who are missing materials to make sure to mail the application by the June 25 deadline and include a note as to what materials they are waiting for. Incomplete applications will be considered and may be awarded a scholarship pending receipt of the missing documents. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Blackmer, Secretary of the Educational Aid Fund, at the number or email listed below.

The Massachusetts State Grange Educational Aid Fund offers scholarships and loans to members in good standing who are pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarships are made possible by donations from Junior, Subordinate and Pomona Granges, or by individuals. The interest paid on the loans and the interest earned on the investments of the Fund are used to grant Scholarships.

For more information, contact a Trustee of the Fund:

Susan R. Rotellini (978-663-6319) - susanrotellini@verizon.net

Amber L. Vaill (413-284-1135) - availl98@gmail.com

Nancy M. Blackmer (978-544-2183) - nblackmer@mass.rr.com

Gordon E. Taylor (413-625-6306) - mjtaylor137@gmail.com

Glenn P. Gibson (508-793-9524) - ggibson19Ma@gmail.com

Kristin E. Paulson (508-282-0769) - gopremier@gmail.com

Scholarships

    Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students. To be considered for a full-time Scholarship, applications with all required supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked by June 25 to be considered for a scholarship award for the academic year beginning in the fall of the same year. Applicants applying for their first scholarship from the Fund must use the Full-Time Scholarship Application. Those applicants who have received previous scholarships from the Fund must use the Subsequent Scholarship Application. Both forms are linked below.

Students attending school part-time may apply for a scholarship using the Part Time Scholarship Application (linked below). The deadline for part-time scholarship applications is September 1 annually.

 

No Patron is entitled to more than four scholarships (full and/or part time) in a lifetime.

Loans

 

    Loans of up to $500 per academic year, for up to four years, are available to student Patrons. No interest is charged during the period of schooling and for six months following graduation. Repayment of the loans must commence 6 months following completion of schooling at an interest rate of 4% per year, charged monthly.

 

    Detailed information on rules and policies of the Educational Aid Fund can be found by clicking on the “Educational Aid Policy Document” link below.

Special Awards

The Thomas F. Severance Award for Outstanding Grange Service

 

    Brother Thomas F. Severance served the Grange in many different capacities beginning when he joined in 1955. Tom began his service to the Massachusetts State Grange as a member of the Conservation and Ecology committee in 1973. He also served as a Deputy before being elected Gatekeeper in 1980. Following historical tradition, Tom worked his way up the chairs and was elected Master of the Massachusetts State Grange in 1993, serving until 1997. At the time of his passing in 2011, Tom was a member of the State Grange Executive Committee and held the National Grange position of High Priest of Demeter. Over the years, Tom served on many Grange committees and worked to support many State Grange functions.

 

    Each year up to four Thomas F. Severance Awards for Outstanding Grange Service are also available. Students apply for these awards by completing the Thomas F. Severance Awards for Outstanding Grange Service Application (linked below). These awards are competitive and no student may receive more than one Severance Award.

The William H. Eaton Memorial Scholarship

 

    Brother William H. Eaton was a dedicated Grange member from when he joined the organization in 1956 to his passing in 2014. Bill held many Grange offices, including Chaplain and Secretary, was very active in the Home and Community Service Committee for many years, worked on Grange exhibits at the Marshfield Fair each year, and enjoyed visiting shut-in Grange members during the holidays.

 

    The William H. Eaton Memorial Scholarship is funded by Brother Bill’s generous donation to the Massachusetts State Grange. Full-time scholarship applicants pursuing study in the fields of agriculture, conservation or environmental science may elect to be considered for this Scholarship. Awards are competitive and are based on academic achievement and community involvement. No student may receive more than one Eaton Memorial Scholarship. Applicants wishing to be considered for this Scholarship must indicate their interest on the scholarship application; no additional form is necessary.

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