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SALEM — The Scholarship and Education Committee is now seeking applications for grants from its Education Fund.
Education Fund grants provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and existing adult literacy programs. Applications are due by Nov. 15. The average grant in the past has been $1,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends.
“The members of the Scholarship and Education Committee are pleased to make this grant funding available to local educators, programs, and organizations,” said Tyler Carlton, chair of the Scholarship and Education Committee. “We hope that all who are interested in supporting the educational needs of our community will apply for consideration to receive a grant from the Education Fund.”
The application form and additional information can be found at www.salem.com/scholarship. Click the “Education Fund Application” button on the left side of the page. Those with questions about the application or those who want to confirm if their project or program is potentially eligible can contact the Mayor’s office at (978) 619-5600.
In June 1987, Salem Mayor Tony Salvo and Salem Superintendent of Schools Hank O’Donnell advanced a proposal to adopt Chapter 194 of the Acts of 1986, which enabled cities and towns to set up a scholarship account for graduating seniors, funded through voluntary donations by local residents on their tax bills. The Scholarship & Education Committee oversees both the Scholarship Fund, “to provide educational financial aid to deserving city residents,” and the Education Fund, “to provide supplemental educational funding for local educational needs or to provide funding for existing adult literacy programs.”
The Scholarship & Education Committee is made up of residents appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council, as well as a designee of the superintendent.
Since 2003, the Scholarship & Education Committee has awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships to Salem students graduating from Salem High School, Salem Academy Charter School and other schools.
Current Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who chairs the Salem School Committee, is glad that the grant program is returning.
“The success of Salem’s schools and support for our students is a community mission,” said Driscoll. “By again offering this grant program, the members of the Scholarship and Education Committee are demonstrating their commitment to that effort and I would like to thank them for it.”
Those interested can visit www.salem.com/scholarship for more information.
Mike Alongi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.