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Helene Giordano Memorial Scholarship

Two $2,500 Scholarships awarded every year

The Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. has been established to fund scholarships for youth who are or have been in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) Lawrence & Haverhill offices and who are pursuing education at accredited institutions of higher learning. Annually, the FKMV Scholarship Program awards two scholarships up to $2,500 each. Selection of recipients will be based upon proven academic merit and financial aid or for ancillary educational support needs. Winners of this scholarship must meet the eligibility criteria below:

Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be in DCF care or custody or have been in the past for a minimum of one year.

  • Applicants must be under age 26 at time of application. 

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary Title IV eligible program. (Students should contact specific schools to verify Title IV eligibility)

  • Applicants pursuing vocational programs or vocational training are eligible to apply to cover the associated costs including resources, tools and equipment. 

  • Applicants must demonstrate academic potential and commitment to educational goals.

  • Applicants must demonstrate significant unmet financial need.

  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to overcome challenges and obstacles.

All applications must be submitted by April 14, 2024. Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by the FKMV scholarship committee.

If you have any questions about the Scholarship Program or Application please call Eileen Giordano at 978-771-2150. 
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