Cape Cod Foundation Awards $420,000 in Scholarships

138 local students received assistance
The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $420,000 in scholarships to 138 local students. Almost 60 recipients accepted their awards in person at the Foundation’s annual scholarship reception. (CCF photo)

The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $420,000 in scholarships to 138 local students who are beginning or continuing their higher education or pursuing certificate programs.

More than 300 people attended the annual reception at the Dennis Inn where many scholarship donors and review committee members met the recipients in person for the first time. 

Some of this year’s students will be pursuing degrees nearby at Cape Cod Community College and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Others will be venturing farther from home to study at Tufts, MIT, Brown, Wheaton, Carnegie Mellon and other fine colleges and universities throughout the United States. They will prepare for careers in business, law, engineering, medicine, politics, social work, environmental sciences, education, and the arts.

Lisa J. Oliver, President of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod which sponsored the event, told students it doesn’t matter which school they are attending, “It’s what you do with the education that matters.” She also advised, “…the ability to communicate, is one of the most critical talents you can possess.”

Henry R. Holden, Chairman of The Cape Cod Foundation’s Board of Directors planted another seed by encouraging the scholars to pursue their educations and someday return home.  “The Cape needs you,” he said. “We need you.”

It was the perfect segue to introduce past scholarship recipient and keynote speaker Dorothy Bassett. From 2006-2009, the Chatham native received scholarships from the Foundation to earn an associates degree from Cape Cod Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Today, she is the Director of Operations for the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and STEM Education School.

“I feel like I have lived ten lives since high school,” she told the audience. “I worked for three years as a hazardous materials chemist in Boston, learned to weld, and moonlighted in robotics…I explored the ruins of Ankor Wat, volunteered in Kenya, kayaked through the glow worm caves in New Zealand, met former headhunters in Borneo, and had a few other misadventures.”

She urged students to experiment and seize opportunities. “It’s ok, and good for you, to experiment too. You have so many potential paths in front of you, it’s only human to want it all. But you will eventually have to focus in order to specialize your skills. Focus then on the career that you are passionate about, not the commensurate paycheck, and you'll do just fine.”

Bassett continued, “You have been given a tremendous opportunity by The Cape Cod Foundation. I hope you grab onto it with both hands and use this opportunity to better your life. You have earned your seat at this table, and sometime down the road, I want you to earn your place at this podium.”

The Cape Cod Foundation currently has more than 70 scholarship funds totaling almost $8.5 million in principal that award scholarships annually to students in our region. Its partner, the Cape Cod Association, also awarded $437,500 to 286 students earlier this month, bringing the total scholarships awarded from the two organizations to more than $850,000.

“The best is yet to come,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “Education opens up a world of opportunities.  We are proud to support our recipients on the next step of their journeys and can’t wait to hear about their accomplishments and adventures in the years to come.”

The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed more than $60 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989.


Capewide Recipients - 2017 Cape Cod Foundation Scholarship awards


Adair/Collins Science & Engineering Scholarship of Barnstable

American Legion Post 206

  • Jashan Chopra, Mashpee


Advocates for a Community College Education Scholarship

  • Jacob Athamni, Falmouth
  • Haylee Cambone, Harwich
  • Deslyn Dawkins, Yarmouth
  • Sara Dionisino, Barnstable
  • Michael Looney, Barnstable
  • Kara Lyons, Falmouth
  • Madison Slingerland, Yarmouth
  • Andrew Silva, Yarmouth
  • Winter Hope, Barnstable


American Association of University Women/Cape Cod Branch Student Re-Entry Scholarship

  • Moriya Smith, Brewster


American Legion Post 308, Orleans, MA Veterans Scholarship

  • Patrick Baker, Eastham
  • Sawyer Bengston, Brewster
  • Michaela Donlon, Eastham
  • Eligh Foley, Brewster
  • Stephen Goodrich, Brewster


American Legion Post 308, Orleans, MA Veterans Toolship

  • Jasmine Garcia, Orleans


Barnstable High School Class of 2009 Dean Boger Memorial Scholarship

  • Clare Terrio, Barnstable


Sean Breen Memorial Scholarship

  • Makhai Dickerson-Pells, Barnstable


Armand L. Bruneau, Jr. and Muriel B. Bruneau Memorial Scholarship

  • Courtney Leonard, Dennis
  • Catherine Street, Harwich


Patrick M. Butler Memorial Scholarship

  • Kathleen Flannery, Sandwich
  • Christine Powers, Sandwich
  • Flannery Rogers, Falmouth


Dorothy W. and Charles M. Campbell Scholarship

  • Matthew Aylmer, Falmouth
  • Christos Karplus, Falmouth
  • William Olsen, Dennis
  • Luke Steinmetz, Brewster


Cape Cod Foundation Scholarship

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, Bourne
  • Gabriel Gonzalez, Sandwich
  • Nicholas Jerdee, Bourne
  • Serinah Kingsley, Bourne
  • Marta Pleitez-Hercules, Sandwich
  • Theresa Porter, Falmouth
  • Michaela Reed, Orleans
  • Emma Starkweather, Harwich


Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association Scholarship

  • Patrick Baker, Eastham
  • Courtney Keery, Sandwich
  • Alex McLane, Falmouth
  • Breanna Whitney, Chatham


Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. Scholarship

  • Brooke Bowman, Falmouth
  • Andrew Cochran, Dennis
  • Skyeler McNeil, Middleboro


Cape Cod Young Professionals Career Connect Scholarship

  • Linda Saffle, Sandwich


Caroline B. Chapin Scholarship

  • Janelle Ferro, Dennis


Edward D. Cliggott Memorial Scholarship

  • Griffin Beels, Barnstable


Patricia Colbert Donovan Memorial Scholarship

  • Lianna Mitchell, Barnstable
  • Carrie Osborn, Barnstable


Bill Cotter Memorial Scholarship

  • Griffin Beels, Barnstable


Priscilla M. (Wittenmeyer) Cotter Memorial Scholarship

  • Jack Kapanke, Barnstable


William J. “Rusty” Cotter Memorial Scholarship

  • Jackson Babot, Barnstable


Annie S. Crowell Scholarship

  • Makhai Dickerson-Pells, Barnstable
  • Elizabeth Durante, Barnstable
  • Lianna Mitchell, Barnstable


Paul Dever Daley & Robert Joyce Scholarship

  • Linnea Del Deo, Provincetown


Daysie Day Scholarship

  • Joseph D'Agostino, Chatham


Michael Degnan Memorial Scholarship

  • Lisa Odell, Palmer
  • Nolan Santos, Palmer


Samuel D'Olimpio Scholarship

  • Zachary Hallam, Barnstable
  • Jacob Potts, Barnstable


Logan Dunne Memorial Scholarship

  • Clare Lonsdale, Brewster
  • Koki Riley, Brewster
  • Oscar Spiegel, Orleans
  • Katya Thorup, Orleans


Jay Elliott Memorial Scholarship

  • Sylus Damiecki, Barnstable


Andrew Fayne Memorial Scholarship

  • Alexandra Aubee, Barnstable
  • Lileana Sethares, Barnstable


Brig Gen (USAF ret) John F. Flanagan Scholarship

  • Sean Cummings, Yarmouth
  • Madelyn Hawthorne, Harwich


Gateway Isles Scholarship

  • Kimberly Nicoll, Yarmouth

Daniel Bradley Gaylord Memorial Scholarship

  • Merrick Rubinstein, Bourne


Malcolm M. Gidley Memorial Scholarship

  • James Pinkava, Barnstable


Melissa Gifford Memorial Scholarship

  • Urwah Kanwal, Barnstable


Eleanor Ruth Parsons Gleason Scholarship

  • Lorvens Estinvil, Dennis
  • Jacob Thomas, Wellfleet


Jean W. Gordon Scholarship

  • Sabrina Kane, Truro


Roberta A. Guzzetta Scholarship

  • Vaughn Yerkes, Chatham


Harwich Class of ’49 Scholarship

  • Amber Grass, Harwich


J. G. Hinkle Scholarship

  • Odetta Herrera Perez, Yarmouth
  • Macy (Max) Richard, Barnstable
  • Clare Terrio, Barnstable


Hyannis Normal School Alumni Scholarship

  • Madelyn Hawthorne, Harwich
  • Kimberly Nicoll, Yarmouth


Philip "PJ" Jones Memorial Scholarship

  • Caroline Neville, Barnstable


Ketchum-Luft Scholarship

  • Jacob Thomas, Wellfleet


Peter Kirwin Memorial Scholarship

  • Julia Girard, Falmouth


Richard & Ethel Koff Memorial Scholarship

  • Hannah Wolfe, Barnstable


Live for Lou Drug Counseling Scholarship

  • Makayla Davis, Chatham


Live for Lou Athletes Scholarship

  • Nika Dadoly, Yarmouth
  • Emma Stevens, Brewster



Leo Lucas Memorial Scholarship

  • Lianna Mitchell, Barnstable


Kirk MacSwan Memorial Scholarship

  • Hannah Lancaster, Barnstable


Roslyn Praise Margolin Scholarship

  • Cameron Faszewski, Barnstable
  • Emily Parkington, Wellfleet


Stanley V. Margolin Scholarship

  • Molly Brennan, Yarmouth


Opera New England of Cape Cod Scholarship

  • Hannah Wolfe, Barnstable


Orleans-Eastham Ambulance Association Scholarship

  • Emily Wall, Brewster


Valerie Gunderson Osiecki Scholarship for the Arts

  • Johannah Johnson, Nantucket


George E. and Doris K. Parmenter Aeronautical Scholarship

  • Daniel Remie, Barnstable


Toby Sanders Scholarship 

  • Evan Forgeron, Harwich
  • Marlee Galloway, Harwich
  • Matthew Hemeon, Harwich
  • James Hinesley, Chatham
  • Anne Howard, Harwich
  • Jennifer Keim, Yarmouth
  • Ryan Keim, Yarmouth
  • Laine Kotoski, Harwich
  • Joseph Lucarelli, Chatham
  • Emily Lyford, Harwich
  • Kyle Mazzur, Harwich
  • Christian Pavlakis, Harwich
  • Haley Rae, Barnstable
  • Erin Smeltzer, Harwich


Sandwich Legacy Scholarship

  • Elizabeth Wegman, Sandwich


Scarbrough Adult Learner Scholarship

  • Nathan Eldridge, Yarmouth
  • Leah Murphy, Barnstable
  • Ariana Nance, Bourne
  • Casey Reed, Falmouth



David Fisk Scudder Scholarship

  • Lileana Sethares, Barnstable


Shostak Scholarship

  • Neida Ferrante, Mashpee
  • Mikayla Richardson, Yarmouth


Kaitlin M. Silk Memorial Scholarship

  • Alyssa Kuehne, Barnstable
  • Anne Mudie, Barnstable
  • Mikayla Richardson, Barnstable


Bonnie Skane Memorial Scholarship

  • Julia Ferreira, Mashpee
  • Katherine Greene, Mashpee


H. H. Snow Family Scholarship

  • Caleb Cobb, Barnstable
  • Matthew Fay, Barnstable
  • Maya Monahan, Chatham


Winthrop T. Trenholm Memorial Scholarship

  • Jordon Leighton, Sandwich


Megan Tripp Memorial Scholarship

  • Sabrina Gillis, Falmouth
  • Michael Julian, Dennis


Esther M. Wallace Scholarship

  • Gerard Costa, Orleans
  • Makayla Davis, Chatham
  • Nathan Eldridge, Yarmouth
  • Jack Giberti, Barnstable
  • Cheyenne Gingras, Harwich
  • Quirian Guevara-Ramirez, Mashpee
  • Nellie Marshall-Torres, Barnstable
  • Casey Reed, Falmouth
  • Halley Steinmetz, Brewster
  • Zachary Wannie, Barnstable


Michael B. Wallace Memorial Scholarship

  • Devon Harris, Barnstable


Patricia A. Ward Memorial Nauset Nursing/Medical Scholarship

  • Sarah Gregory, Harwich


Bev Watters Memorial Scholarship

  • Zachary Wannie, Barnstable


Frank X. and Mary E. Weny Scholarship

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, Bourne


Henry and Minnie Whittemore Scholarship

  • Brooke Linnell, Brewster
  • Clare Lonsdale, Brewster


Joseph F. Woodson Scholarship

  • Marissa Freeman, Brewster
  • Brynne Santos, Mashpee


World Concern Scholarship

  • Matthew West, Orleans


YES! Art Scholarship

  • Trevor Collins, Orleans


June A. Zenke Memorial Scholarship

  • Gerard Costa, Orleans
  • Katya Thorup, Orleans  
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