Weston METCO Scholarship Fund


 

 

                                                                             November 2015

Dear Friends,

Our talented, dynamic and engaged group of Weston METCO seniors from this year’s Class of 2016 will need the maximum financial assistance we can provide while we partner with them to cultivate their talents, passion and youthful energy as they navigate their way through higher education and beyond. 

For nearly 45 years, The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund has played an important role in the lives of our recipients who benefit from our needs-based support by facilitating the realization of their hopes and dreams in areas of business, politics, the arts, culture, medicine and the law.  We hope that our current group of METCO graduates will have the foundation through higher education to maintain work-life balance, an opportunity to build wealth and happiness, and the perseverance to surmount personal and professional challenges posed by today’s climate of racial disparity and injustice which still too often exists .

A Namibian proverb reminds us that “Learning expands great souls”.  Your financial assistance will help our students secure the brightest future possible by reducing the gap between college costs and alternative financial resources which continues to fall short of our METCO students’ demonstrated financial need.

Please consider your most generous gift by mailing your tax-deductible contribution to the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund today or by visiting www.westonmetco.org. As always, we look forward to welcoming new friends and offer renewed gratitude to individuals and families who continue to provide loyal support. 

 

 

Sincerely,

Pamela R. Foster, Trustee

Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc.

 

 

 

 

TRUSTEES

 

Chandra Mohammed ‘92, President      Donald Pierson, Vice President     Angela Molyneaux, Secretary    Sharon Keyes, Correspondence Secretary   Will Wrean '82, Treasurer

Keith Abbott '87   Cheryl Antoine    Jaquetta Oliver Bigby ’95   Lynn Song Brown   Sheila Burkus    Gloria Castro   Tina Chartrand ’77   Erika Christon '06    Michelle Crawford-Cranmore     Pamela R. Foster '78       Elizabeth Hochberger   Leila Hooper   

Barbara Karchmer     Byron Knight '95 JD     Roslyn Marshall    

Monique Marshall-Veale '86    Elizabeth Nagarajah   Abby Psyhogeos    Mary Pughe     Denise Simmons     Kimberlee Wyche, '83 MD, MPH     Lisa Wyche '82

 

HONORARY TRUSTEES

 

Wallace Ackley     Aberdeen Allen     Robert Danforth      Robert Freeman          William H. Wrean

 

Make your check payable to:  

                WestonMETCO Scholarship Fund, Inc.

and mail to:

               c/o William H. Wrean, Jr.

               49 Bay State Road

               Weston, MA 02493

 

 

Weston METCO Scholarship Fund Cookbook

Available for Purchase

 
 
Mission:
The mission of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc. is to provide scholarships to worthy students, primarily graduates of the Weston METCO Program, to attend college or to obtain other post-secondary education.

    

A Brief History of its Beginning
Nine children from Boston, graduates of the Roxbury-Weston Preschool, entered the Weston Public Schools Kindergarten at Brook School via the METCO Program in September 1967. Weston’s unique plan for participating in METCO was to enroll a new cohort of kindergarten children, primarily those who had attended Roxbury-Weston Preschool, each fall, and have the children continue through graduation.
 
By the time the first cohort reached fourth grade, in 1971, Weston parent Jane Funkhouser drafted a letter to parents and host parents, urging that plans commence for the funds that would be needed to help support these children further their education beyond Weston High School. She invited contributions and established a savings account in a local bank. Over the next few years, Jane continued to solicit funds informally, and she urged formalizing the effort.
 
The first meeting of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc. was held at 8:00 PM on Tuesday evening, January 13, 1976 in the METCO Coordinator’s office of the Weston Junior High School. Present were: Frank B. Dow, Jr., H. Kenneth Fish, Jane Funkhouser, Donald E. Pierson, Alton C. Thomas, Harry B. Thompson, Jr., Sally Z. Weiss, and Hamilton Wyche.  Sally Weiss led the meeting. She stated that the purpose of the meeting was to formalize the organization of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund and to discuss the matter of raising funds for scholarship purposes. She reported that the Fund had approximately $800 in the savings account initiated by Jane Funkhouser. Sally also reported that the Weston Coalition, formed shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. had a balance of $1800 remaining in its treasury which they would like to give to the Fund.
 
Ken Fish distributed a draft of proposed by-laws. It was decided that the initial Board of Trustees should consist of six members, and the following were elected to serve: Frank B. Dow, Jr., Donald E. Pierson, Alton C. Thomas, Harry B. Thompson, Jr., Sally Z. Weiss, and Hamilton Wyche. Sally Weiss was elected President and Treasurer. Ken Fish agreed to serve as Clerk. Jane Funkhouser declined to accept an official position. It was agreed that future membership would be determined by votes of the Trustees at annual meetings.
 
The Articles of Organization for the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc., establishing the Fund as a charitable private foundation, were filed by H. Kenneth Fish with the Secretary of the Commonwealth at the State House on January 29, 1976.
 
The first scholarship awards were distributed in 1980, when the first group of METCO students graduated from Weston High School. The first graduates of the Weston METCO program were: Darryl Baynes, Beverly Clark, Maria DaRosa, Keith Haynes, Christopher Hill, Karen Horner, Paul Locker, Brenda McMillan, Myric Thompson, Fred Washington, and Mark Williams.
 

The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund has been benefitting Weston METCO graduates who are attending college or other post graduate studies for over 30 years.

 

  

For more information, contact the current President, Chandra Mohammed.

 

 
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