Yawkey Foundation

Scholarship Name: Yawkey Foundation

Status: CLOSED

Posted Date: December 18, 2019

Due Date: February 14, 2020 – 12:00 PM

The Yawkey Foundations are committed to continuing the legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey by making significant and positive impacts on the quality of life of children, families, and the underserved in the areas the Yawkeys called home, New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina. Education was an area of particular concern for Tom and Jean Yawkey. They understood its ability to alter the course of young lives. In honor of the Yawkeys’ commitment to education, in 2005 the Yawkey Foundation Board of Trustees established the Yawkey Scholars Program to help talented and motivated disadvantaged young people meet the rising costs of undergraduate education. Over the past twelve years, the Yawkey Scholars Program has provided more than $13 million in tuition supports to 343 Scholars as they pursue a college education.

The Award:

  • Four-year, renewable scholarship to cover tuition and fees. Maximum annual scholarship is $25,000. Average scholarship awarded in 2018-19 to new scholars in Massachusetts was $7,542.
  • Yawkey Advisor for each student to provide support throughout their four years of college.
  • Opportunities Fund – flexible financial supports to allow Scholars to participate in enriching activities and meet their academic goals.
  • Resources and network to help Scholars achieve their full potential.



  • U.S. citizen; AND Permanent resident of Massachusetts

Financial Circumstances

  • From a low-income family with unmet financial need1. Low-income family is defined as: Expected family contribution (EFC) of less than $6,000 (from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA); OR Adjusted gross family income of $75,000 or less (from line 85 of the FAFSA Student Aid Report – SAR).
  • Note that all applicants must submit a copy of pages one and two of the parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ most recent IRS form 1040 and a copy of the SAR.

Mentoring Relationship

  • Engaged in a meaningful, sustained mentoring program or ongoing relationship with an adult role model.
  • A mentoring relationship may include a formal mentoring program, an after-school program, or a trusting relationship with an adult who is a teacher, coach, employer, pastor or clergy member, or other non-family member whom the student depends on for advice or counsel.

Academic Standing

  • Current senior at an accredited high school in Massachusetts.
  • Accepted to and plan to attend a competitive private four-year college or university in Massachusetts beginning in Fall 2019.
  • Strong academic record or demonstration of significant improvement over time.
  • Ability and motivation to achieve in college.

Community Involvement

  • Involved in a balance of community, school, and work activities.
  • Exhibit leadership potential and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to our community, both present and in the future.

To apply, click Yawkey.