Who is eligible for a scholarship?
Any resident of Wakefield or METCO student graduating from Wakefield Memorial High School who will be attending a post-secondary school full-time and who demonstrates financial need is eligible for a scholarship.
Applications are accepted January through March for the school year commencing in the fall semester of the same year and ending after spring semester in the following year.
Each applicant must complete a TSF of Wakefield Student Application, as well as Submit a Copy of the Confirmation Page from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AND Data Pages from your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA. Click here for instructions on how to get a copy of the SAR.
The information on the FAFSA report will be used to calculate the amount of the family’s expected contribution. We will determine your eligibility for a grant based solely on your own and your family’s financial resources.
An application will not be considered complete until our office receives BOTH the TSF completed application and your 2022-2023 FAFSA report.
Paper applications will also be available at these locations starting in January:
- Guidance Office at Wakefield High School
- Career Room at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
- Americal Civic Center Front Lobby
- We also mail copies to area vocational and private high schools.
Applications for the Sept 2022 – June 2023 school year
are due by:
March 31, 2022
Applications received after the due date will be held aside and considered in a first-come/first served manner using any money left over once we consider applications received on time. Applications received after July 1 will not be considered at all.
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. Our merit-based awards are:
- 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. See Application Form
- The Boston College Academic Achievement Award, funded anonymously in 1987, provides a scholarship annually to a WHS graduating senior who will attend Boston College.
- 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 as chosen by their classmates.
- The Dan Blanchard Award is given to a graduating senior at Wakefield High School who has excelled in Social Studies (History) and has shown an interest in athletics.