What is CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars?

CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation which is a chapter affiliate of Dollars for Scholars®, a national program sponsored by ScholarshipAmericaa nationally recognized nonprofit student aid service organization.

Founded in 1989 by Marlborough residents, the purpose of CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars is "to provide financial assistance to needy resident of Marlborough in their pursuit of higher education, withough regard to race, creed, age or sex."  Since its inception, CSF has awarded over 1,000 scholarships amounting to over $600,000.

Why is CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars so important?

Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community.  Through CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school.  We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students.

How are funds for local awards provided?

Each year our community is invited to demonstrate support for our local students through a variety of fundraising activities.  Recent activities have included a Motorcyle Ride, Trivia Night and a Youth 3v3 Basketball Tournament.

Funds also come from the generous support of local businesses, service organizatins and individuals who desire to sponsor a scholarship in their name.  For those who wish to establish endowed scholarships, CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars may be named as a beneficiary in wills and insurance policies or receive gifts of property.

Who may apply for a scholarship?

CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation.  Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges as well as graduate school.  Youth or adults who are Marlborough residents may be eligible.

How are local scholarships awarded?

By completing a common application form, students become eligible for serveral local awards.  Applications are scored anonymously by trained volunteers serving on an Awards Committee.  Applications receive points for a variety of qualities, including work experience, school and community service activities and academic record.  In this way, the selection process is objective and nondiscriminatory making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.