(Worcester, MA – January 3, 2023) - As the new year marks the perfect time to set new goals and aspirations for the future, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting scholarship applications for high school seniors who live in Worcester County and are seeking college scholarships through the 2023-2024 academic year.

For more than four decades, GWCF has not only impacted the lives of aspiring students by awarding scholarships funded by the generosity of individuals, families and businesses in the community, but has made a conscious effort to invest in the future of Central Massachusetts. As one application opens the door to more than 140 scholarships that can be redeemed across dozens of colleges and universities throughout the region, many of these students end up living, working and creating positive change within the cities and neighborhoods in which they receive their education.

Take Eric Roldan as an example. Once a recipient of the William J. Short Scholarship and the Elm Park Community School Scholarship, Roldan received his first taste of making a difference as a member of GWCF’s Youth for Community Improvement Program (YCI). A 12-week student led program, students come together to identify areas of interest within their community where they would like to see change. This experience and opportunity led Roldan down the path to his current role as Director of Outpatient Services at Open Sky Community Services in Worcester.

“What GWCF is doing with their scholarship program is giving young students the hope, encouragement and financial support they need to overcome barriers,” said Roldan. “There is nothing more fulfilling than having the opportunity to invest your time, energy and expertise back into the community that once served you.”

Since the program’s founding in 1978, $14.04 million has been distributed to nearly 10,000 students. Last year, GWCF awarded over $745,000 to 400+ local students. Now in its 45th year of awarding college scholarships, opportunities ranging up to $5,000 will be made to students based on a wide variety of criteria including need, merit, career goals and activity involvement.

Students may apply online by visiting greaterworcester.org. Scholarship applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Recipients will be announced in July 2023. For more information, please contact Jacob Vazquez, Philanthropy Officer, Scholarship jvazquez@greaterworcester.org.