Apply for a Scholarship

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Any Wakefield resident, regardless of age, planning to enroll as a full-time student in a post-secondary school or a career-training program is eligible to apply for a TSF scholarship for each academic year of attendance. Wakefield Memorial High School METCO students are also eligible to apply.

Applications are typically accepted January through April for the school year commencing in the fall semester of the same year and ending after spring semester in the following year.  Due to the FAFSA overhaul this year and all its delays, TSF has extended the application deadline to June 1, 2024 for this year. 

2024-2025 FAFSA

Access the FAFSA website.

FAFSA Webinars

Virtual walkthroughs on the new process


Basic info all about FAFSA

Each applicant must complete a TSF of Wakefield Student Application, as well as Submit a copy of the FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS). The FSS is required during the application process.  Click here for instructions on how to get a copy of the FSS

The information on the FSS will be used to calculate the amount of the family’s expected contribution.  We will determine your eligibility for a grant based on your own and your family’s financial resources. 

June 1, 2024

Who determines the scholarship recipients?

The members of TSF’s Scholarship Needs Committee determine all scholarship recipients. This committee is made up of members of the Board of Directors. Directors who have relatives applying for TSF awards are prohibited from serving on this committee as stipulated by our Bylaws.

We process all applications using assigned ID numbers rather than names, ensuring anonymity amongst the committee members.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Scholarships are awarded to those applicants with the greatest need. TSF determines need using a formula which contains several factors, such as the family income expected to be available to the student per FAFSA Student Aid Report, the cost of tuition at the school selected, and the dollar amount the organization has available to distribute for the year. 

Students are notified of their award status by the end of June.

Are scholarships ever given for reasons other than financial need? Yes...


  • Each year seven Bill Spaulding Merit Awards of $600 each are awarded to exceptional high school seniors. Invitations are sent to students that are college-bound high school seniors in the top 10% of their class and a Wakefield resident or a METCO student who attended WMHS all four years.
  • The Boston College Academic Achievement Award, funded anonymously in 1987, is awarded to a high-ranking member of the WMHS graduating class who will be attending Boston College. This award of $1350 per year is given for four years of undergraduate study at Boston College provided that the recipient remains a student in good standing at Boston College. This recipient is selected by WMHS staff.
  • The Rhudine Johnson Unsung Hero Award is given to two graduating Wakefield High School students (one male and one female) who are deemed “unsung heroes” of their graduating class. Per the instructions of the benefactor of this TSF fund, the recipients of this $600 award are selected by a peer group of TSF Student Directors.
  • The Dan Blanchard Award was created to honor the memory of Dan Blanchard, who taught history and social studies in Wakefield for 46 years and was Department Chair for 26 of those years.  This $600 award is given to a graduating senior who has excelled in Social Studies (History) and has participated in athletics at WMHS.  This recipient is selected by WMHS staff.