New Scholarships and Awards

*NEW* Scholarships for 2015!

The Joe Peters Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship from Universal Plastics

Universal Plastics is a 50 year old Plastics Manufacturer which has recognized that business today is a lot different than the early years. Factories are clean and efficient. Machinery is computer controlled and requires operators who have attained the skills necessary to work in the new environment. Universal Plastics is proud to employ people who recognize the feeling of satisfaction one gets from designing and producing products that are used in a wide area of needs from Aircraft interiors to precise medical equipment to bus stop signs in NYC. We hope that our scholarship will make it possible for a young entrepreneur to get a start in the field of manufacturing.

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Morgan Memorial Scholarship Foundation Award

As student athletes at Minnechaug Regional High School, brothers Bruce Morgan (Class of ’64) and Barry Morgan (Class of ’69) approached academics and athletics with a conscientious, positive attitude. Their dedication and commitment to making the most of their abilities served as an inspiration to classmates and teammates alike. After graduation from Springfield College, Bruce returned to Minnechaug to coach and teach. Barry was very involved in the community, becoming a coach for Wilbraham’s Recreational Department in both baseball and basketball. Both men touched the lives of many people and left a warm, lasting impression.

Please note *Applicants must be from a Western Mass city - Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Palmer, Springfield, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield

Pastor Charlie J. Lee Jr. Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors the memory of Pastor Charlie J. Lee, Jr., who founded Straitway to Heaven Church in August 1992. The church is dedicated to providing community outreach services for those in need. Pastor Lee worked diligently over thirty years in the city of Springfield ministering and helping people. Throughout his life he exhibited tremendous compassion and caring for those who were in need spiritually, physically, and financially by assisting them in any way possible. Through his ministry he was highly regarded in the Springfield community and contributed in many ways to its well-being. Pastor Lee received numerous honors throughout the city of Springfield. Mayor Michael Albano officially proclaimed December 16, 1996, as “Pastor Lee Day” in the city of Springfield, recognizing him as an outstanding leader in the city. The Springfield City Council commended him, acknowledging his many accomplishments and hard work within the city as well as the Springfield Police Department. Further, the street originally known as Hancock Street was renamed “Pastor Lee Place” on July 31, 2002, to honor his instrumental help in the fight against drugs in the community. Pastor Lee helped to make many improvements in the community by standing firm against drugs, violence, and prostitution. He also opened up his church as a designated safe haven for youth and adolescents to keep them out of trouble and provided food and activities for them. He was as a father to some, a counselor and a friend to others. One of his greatest desires during his life was to contribute financially to students who are driven to excel academically but may lack the financial means and family support to do so.

Gwendolyn M. Jones and Edward Washington Scholarship Award

The Gwendolyn M. Jones and Edward Washington Scholarship Award was created to recognize STCC students who show an understanding and importance of diversity, leadership, and community giving.

Please note: Student *MUST* attend the scholarship and awards ceremony to receive scholarship funds.

Smith and Wesson Manufacturing Scholarship Award

Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson is one of the most legendary brands in the world, and is a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms and related products to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. Much of the Company’s history, as well as the brand are known for Revolvers. In more recent years, Smith & Wesson has shifted its focus to the production of polymer pistols and we are known for the M&P Shield, arguably the most popular full-size polymer pistol in the market today. The family of brands includes Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. Headquartered in Springfield, MA Smith & Wesson also has locations in Maine and Connecticut employing over 1800 team members. Beyond the history, Smith & Wesson continues to build its legacy by being widely regarded as a sought after employer of choice and one of the most reputable and safety conscious firearm manufacturers in the world. A premiere multi-channel durable consumer goods company, Smith & Wesson is well known for its’ advocacy of the responsible use of firearms.

Funds must be used for tuition, books, equipment and fees associated with educational pursuit at Springfield Technical Community College.

Thank you to our generous donors who made these scholarship opportunities possible.

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