Apply for a Scholarship
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 April 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 on your own and your family’s financial resources.
Applications for the Sept 2023 – June 2024 school year are due by:
May 1, 2023
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 2023 Application Form
- 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 $500 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.