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.


Scholarships are now open.

The deadline for all applications is March 15, 2021.


For a copy of the 2020 Awards Program, please CLICK HERE!


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


The Patrick E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship 

This award was established in memory of Pat Phillips, who grew up, helped run a family business, and participated in several community organizations in and around Northampton.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Pat moved to Northampton with his family when he was three years old. He attended Northampton schools and, in 1985, received a full scholarship to play football for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied wood technology.

After graduating from UMass, Pat joined the family business, Phillips Enterprises, Inc. At the time of his sudden death in 2015 at age 48, Pat was the company's vice president.  Pat was an active member of many civic groups, including the Rotary Club, where he served as president, the Masons and the Shriners, as well as the Northampton Economic Advisory Committee.

Pat was "a guy's guy," said his mother, Karen Phillips Parker. "He had friends dating back to second grade." He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and flying. Pat had a private pilot's license and had part ownership in a plane at Northampton Airport.

Parker said friends remembered her son's "quiet kindness, irreverent sense of humor, astute intelligence, natural generosity and true loyalty."

The Patrick E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student pursuing a scientific or technical degree.


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