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Community foundation accepting scholarship applications

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants and scholarships this year in northwest Litchfield County.

Students scholarships

The Margaret Derwin Scholarship offers a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School up to $100,000 over four years for college tuition and other costs, and up to $5,000 for a community service program. Applications are due Feb. 18. This scholarship requires a separate application process from Berkshire Taconic’s common scholarship application. Apply at BerkshireTaconic.org/Derwin.

Students who plan to attend an accredited college, university, trade school or graduate program may complete Berkshire Taconic’s common scholarship application to determine their eligibility for all of the foundation’s scholarships. Awards generally range from $1,000 to $10,000 and support a variety of academic interests. Some funds offer renewable awards. Applications are due March 15. Apply with the common application at BerkshireTaconic.org/Scholarships.

Scholarships for northwest Litchfield County residents:

The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund for female residents who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in math, chemistry, engineering or physical sciences.


The Ben Paley Scholarship Fund for seniors graduating from public high schools in northwest Litchfield County and Berkshire County who wish to study music at a two- or four-year college or university.

The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund for graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at a conservatory or school of music to pursue a career in classical music.

The George and Lucille Buterbaugh Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors who are residents of Salisbury.

The Karen Kisslinger Scholarship Fund for students of Housatonic Valley Regional High School who have demonstrated interest and passion for holistic, health and wellness practices.

The Teddy Lee Drumm Memorial Scholarship Fund for residents of Sha who have been accepted at an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute, as well as prior Drumm scholarship recipients.

For students and individuals: travel and service: The Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund and Youth World Awareness Program provides grants to students ages 14 to 22 for international travel and service. Grants range up to $1,500 for individual applicants; larger grants may be considered for groups. Applications are due Feb. 21.

For schools: The James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund honors excellence in teaching with a $10,000 prize for study or travel. The successful candidate’s school will also receive a $2,000 grant. Nominations from principals and heads of school are due Feb. 9. Nominees must complete their applications by March 27.

For nonprofits: The Crane Family Fund supports environmental nonprofit organizations that propose innovative projects, particularly for programs that connect at-risk and low-income youth to the environment. Grants range up to $4,000. Applications are due Feb. 15.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures. Grants range up to $3,000. Applications are due March 1.

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