Providing Opportunities for Local Students

Northampton Dollars for Scholars® is a community-based volunteer organization serving the cities and towns of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence, Massachusetts, with the mission to provide scholarships for local students' post secondary education.

Northampton Dollars for Scholars recently announced its annual scholarships to students graduating from high school or attending college or advanced vocational training in the fall. As we were not able to publicly present the awards as we have for 45 years, we published a list of the high school recipients in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. This year, we increased our standard award to at least $750 per recipient and provided a total of 183 scholarships, exceeding our previous reach (total) by 40 recipients.

As part of our commitment to be equitable to all students in Northampton, every student who completes the application process obtains a scholarship. We also provide 60 scholarships named in memory or honor of people who have lived in and served this community. These 'named' scholarships often require students to qualify through specific criteria, accomplishments, or pursue designated academic or vocational interests.

Our ability to support all of these students relies on donations from our community and the many people who have connections to Northampton. As Northampton Dollars for Scholars is run by an all-volunteer board, every donated dollar goes directly to the students. We wish to thank the individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed over the years. Please know that our continued commitment to lessen the financial burden of post-high school training and education depends on your generosity.

We appreciate your interest in our mission to be The Community Behind Our Students.


Congratulations to our 2022 award recipients!

Remember to mark your calendars to apply again in 2023.


For a copy of the 2022 Awards Program, please CLICK HERE!


To make a contribution, please go to our DONATION PAGE!


Elena Frogameni


The Julie Heyl-Rushmer Memorial Scholarship

Julie, a 1993 graduate of Northampton High School, was raised in Northampton. She was a skilled dancer, performing annually with the Movement Ensemble at Look Park, and competing and winning in dance competitions along the East Coast. Julie graduated with honors from Skidmore College in 1997, with a degree in cellular and molecular biology. At Skidmore she excelled on the crew team and was awarded Most Valuable Oarswoman. Following college, she moved to Boston to begin a career as a medical researcher but found her true passion in the restaurant industry. Throughout her career she continued to benefit from the discipline and lessons she gained as a dancer winning several restaurant awards including earning a spot in Boston Magazine's Best of Boston awards. Julie moved to Chicago in 2008 to live near her sisters' family. She died at the age of 44 from colon cancer.

To make a donation in Julie's memory, please go to our DONATION PAGE. Please be sure to note that your donation is intended for this scholarship when you make your donation. Thank you.


The Chris Umbach Memorial Scholarship

Chris, a 2000 Graduate of Northampton High School, was born in Mt. Kisco New York, and as a child lived with his family in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Dublin, Ireland; and Pointe Claire, Quebec, before moving to Northampton in 2000.  He attended Jackson Street School, JFK, and graduated from Northampton High School, where he played football and lacrosse.  As a sophomore in high school he spent a semester in France, perfecting the French he learned in Quebec.  He graduated with honors from Lehigh University, with a major in biochemistry.  Since 2015 he had lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, working as a software engineer, most recently for Forge Global and Quartzy, Inc.  He had a sense of adventure that included sky diving, surfing and rock climbing, as well as traveling through Europe and South America, including Buenos Aires and Patagonia.  He maintained his friendships with his Northampton friends, including several who also moved to the Bay Area, as well as those who remained in Massachusetts.

To make a donation in Chris's memory, please go to our DONATION PAGE. Please be sure to note that your donation is intended for this scholarship when you make your donation. Thank you.


Chapter Honors Founders

awardsThe Founders Awards: Recognizing the outstanding and ongoing contributions of three of the original members of Northampton Dollars for Scholars. Their talents and tireless efforts have helped create and sustain our "Community Behind the Students."

Frank Heston, co-founder and board member of the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars, a retired teacher, and still-active tennis coach. Frank's consistent, optimistic and realistic voice has helped foster the breadth and variety of scholarships available to Northampton students.

Ralph Levy, founding member of Dollars for Scholars, ran Daniel's Clothing store in Northampton for 20 years, taught theatre, speech and television courses at Duquesne University, Greenfield Community College and Northampton High School before retiring after 13 years as Senior Administrative Aide to House Majority Leader William P. Nagle, Jr. Ralph has built a lasting reputation as a vigorous supporter of the arts at Northampton High School and Smith Vocational High School.

Kathleen Sheehan, co-founded Northampton Dollars for Scholars while serving as Leeds School principal. Endowed with an irrepressible optimism and an eagerly-expressed confidence in everyone with whom she deals (and Kay knows a lot of people), Kay brings a unique energy to any and all occasions.


Northampton Dollars for Scholars

P.O. Box 60382, Florence, MA 01062-0382