Yawkey Scholars Program awards scholarships to MA & SC students

Yawkey Foundations
Friday, June 10, 2011

For over fifteen years, TPI has been designing and managing creative scholarship and college success programs that address the complex factors involved in helping young people graduate.  In the spring of 2010 the Yawkey Foundations engaged TPI to redesign and administer its scholarship program.  This spring the Yawkey Foundations awarded scholarships to twenty-two 2011 high school graduates from Massachusetts and five 2011 high school graduates from South Carolina. Each of the recipients displayed a high level of academic achievement, leadership potential and was involved in a balance of community, school and work activities. A list of the recipients, their respective high schools and the colleges they plan to attend this fall is below.

The Yawkey Scholars Program provides four-year scholarships and other support to high-achieving students from Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina attending colleges within the state. The mission of the Yawkey Foundations is to continue the charitable legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey to make immediate, significant, and positive impacts on the quality of life of underserved children, youth and families. In pursuit of this mission and to honor the legacy of the Yawkeys – who valued the importance of education and understood its ability to alter the course of young lives – the Yawkey Foundations’ Board of Trustees established the Yawkey Scholars Program in 2005.

When the Yawkey Foundations decided to redesign the program in 2010, it turned to TPI to help the foundation expand the goals of the program and move beyond tuition-only scholarships.  Today the program includes a strong advising component, flexible financial supports, a peer network, and customized assistance to enable Yawkey Scholars to access resources and opportunities to help them meet their full potential.

“The 2011 Yawkey Scholars represent extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a resolute commitment to their studies, their school and their communities,” said President of the Yawkey Foundations, James Healey. “The Yawkey Foundations are proud to honor the passion that Tom and Jean had for education and to help these students reach their full potential.”

The Yawkey Scholars Program is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and is open to graduating high school seniors in Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina attending four-year colleges in state.  Applications for the 2012 Yawkey Scholars Program will be available in the fall of 2011. 


2011 Yawkey Scholars – Massachusetts

Huma Abdul Rauf, Everett High School, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Donovan Birch, Boston Prepatory Charter High School, Emerson College

Juan Colon III, English High School, Boston College

Jesenia Contreras, Chelsea High School, Tufts University

Vicnent DiChiara, Revere High School, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Kaitlyn Farmer, Lynn English High School, Emmanuel College

Valeria Gavira, East Boston High School, Boston College

Arielle Gomes-Williams, New Bedford High School, Smith College

Aaron Horton, Douglas High School, Gordon College

Dimetra Kyriakidis, New Bedford High School, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Aihoa Le, Lawrence High School – PFA, Boston University

Jasmin Matos, Lynn Classical High School, Emmanuel College

Delmira Monteiro, Cathedral High School, Boston College

Brian Mylett, Boston Latin School, Wheaton College

John Ngo, Fitchburg High School, Bentley University

Anthony Norman, Boston College High School, Boston College

Allison O’Shea, Chicopee High School, Boston College

Samantha Rodriguez-Cabral, Medford High School, Bentley University

Kirsten-Gail Vanhorne, Doherty Memorial High School, College of the Holy Cross

Phoebe Walsh-Costello, Doherty Memorial High School, Wellesley College

Jolie Xifaras, Fairhaven High School, Emmanuel College

Jennifer Yanyuk, Chicopee High School, Springfield College


2011 Yawkey Scholars – South Carolina

Alexis Brown, Georgetown High School, University of South Carolina at Columbia

Ashton Cox, Georgetown High School, University of South Carolina at Columbia

Danielle Hicks, Georgetown High School, Claflin College

Billy Joye, Andrews High School, University of South Carolina at Columbia

Lauren Miller, Andrews High School, Converse College

About The Yawkey Foundations

Established over three decades ago and committed to preserving the philanthropic legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey, the Yawkey Foundations serve communities throughout New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina in the areas of education, health care, human services, youth and families, arts and culture and conservation. (www.yawkeyfoundations.org)