Wellesley Historical Society

2017 Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to This Year’s WHS Scholarship Award Recipients!

Under the auspices of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation, four high school students were chosen to receive the Society’s 2017 scholarship awards:

Brandon Sullivan – Brandon has explored much of what Wellesley High School has to offer: This year, he has been the co-President of the Martial Arts Club and a member of the WHS Wrestling Team. Brandon also plays the trumpet in the WHS 2:00 Jazz Band. But his interest lies in the study of the Spanish language. He plans to continue his study of Spanish in college and possibly pursue a career in international business or law. Brandon will be attending Westfield State University in the fall.

Keelan Gross – Keelan was an active participant in the athletic program at Wellesley High School. He played football, lacrosse and ran track and field. He attended Sprague elementary school and is a member of the Wellesley METCO program. He plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to study architecture.

Olivia Gilbert – Olivia was involved in the Visual Arts at Wellesley High School. She spent time in the ceramics room, a member of the photography club and used her computer graphics to create animated films. She will be attending Stonehill College in the fall, possibly majoring in computer science and graphic design.

Eleanor Bennett – Ellie has been very active at Wellesley High School as a member of the varsity sailing and swimming teams. She performed community service with her mother as a part of the National Charity League, and works in the summer as a lifeguard and swim coach. Ellie is looking forward to attending The Ohio State University in the fall studying either historical preservation or bio-medical research.

WHS Scholarship Mission Statement
“The Wellesley Historical Society’s Scholarship Fund mission is to inspire public involvement in and appreciation of Wellesley’s heritage and culture to Wellesley Youth in their endeavor to further their studies via trade school, two- year or four-year institutions.”
The Society’s scholarship program was proposed by Wellesley Historical Society board member Jim Marcotte and his wife, Kim Dow. Board members Gerry Murphy and Andrea Valente were part of the scholarship committee, which set guidelines for the awards.
By establishing the scholarship awards, the Society is also hoping to diversify its membership and increase the participation of children and families.

A generous and much-appreciated grant from board member Suzanne Frederick started the Scholarship Fund rolling. Each year 10 percent of monies collected by fundraisers for Wellesley Historical Society are allocated for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund. For more information and to learn how to lend your support for the further education of Wellesley youth, please contact the Society at scholarship@wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

The fund is managed by the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation on behalf of the Historical Society. The Wellesley Scholarship Foundation has provided financial assistance to college- and trade-school-bound Wellesley students through need and merit-based scholarships since 1951. Their dedication and experience are welcomed by the WHS Scholarship Fund.

The Wellesley Townsman and Metro West Daily News have reported on the Scholarship Fund and how it was started.
The Society is pleased to be able to make these scholarship awards to Wellesley students and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come.