Our Scholarships

All scholarships are presented from monies under the management of the Manchester Education Fund. The Manchester Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to graduating seniors from the towns of Manchester and Essex Massachusetts. Please click on the scholarships below to learn more about the individuals in whose name they are granted and the purposes and criteria of them, as well.

The Jeremiah Noonan Memorial Scholarships
The family and friends of Jeremiah Noonan are proud to present two scholarships to graduating students. Jerry was the quintessential citizen of Manchester-by-the-Sea. He was born at home, and aside from two years serving his country during World War II, he never lived anywhere else. Between his lifelong residence, long career in the post office, and service as a call fireman and town assessor, he knew every inch of the town he loved so dearly. An outgoing, gregarious man, Jerry gave his time to numerous local organizations and in several capacities in town government. Jerry was a founding member of the Manchester Education Fund and was chairman at the time of his passing in August 2012. His life of service—to family, church, community, and nation—is a model for us all.
The Joanne Graves Community Service Award
Joanne Graves was a longtime advocate of community service and affordable housing. She served on many local and state committees in the constant pursuit of helping others. Joanne was also a passionate supporter for quality public schools and for the children of Manchester. She was a longtime member and former Chairperson of the Manchester School Committee and for more than thirty years served as a member, treasurer and former president of the Manchester Boosters Club. Joanne spent her lifetime in community service and inspired all who knew her to “give for the good of the community”.
The David A. Ryan Memorial Scholarship
The David A. Ryan Memorial Scholarship is given in loving memory of our dear friend Dave Ryan. Dave loved nature and taught Biology at Manchester High School for many years before retiring. He was fascinated by the diversity of life around us, was a champion of the environment and was an ecologist long before it became fashionable. He spent over 20 summers as the Superintendent of Misery Island, taking care of flora and fauna and regaling visitors with stories of storms and shipwrecks and it was while working there that his nickname “Captain Seaweed” was bestowed upon him. Dave’s love of teaching was obvious to all and he was equally at home teaching Honors Biology or implementing an Environmental Studies course for those students who were more academically challenged. His wonderful sense of humor endeared him to both students and faculty. More than anything, Dave was a wonderful human being; kind, compassionate and gregarious. The recipient of this scholarship is a young person who shares Dave’s passion for teaching.
The Ananian Family Scholarships
The Ananian family is pleased to award annually scholarships to students in the graduating class who will be attending a four year college. Richard Ananian worked for 36 years in the Manchester schools as a teacher, coach and counselor. The Ananian children, Alexander, Laura and Nicole all prospered in the nurturing environment of the Manchester High School and were awarded scholarships funded by monies through the Manchester Education Fund. The recipients this year are student athletes with an outstanding commitment to citizenship and community service.
The Timothy C. Averill Debate Education Fund Scholarships
The Timothy C. Averill Debate Education Fund scholarships are given in recognition of both excellence in achievement and longevity of commitment to the debate team and the activity in general. It is given to students who have participated actively in debate, who have given their time in service of the team, and who have been strong representatives of the debate team at home and on the road. For more information, visit The Timothy C. Averill Debate Education Fund website.
The Richard L. Coburn Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given in loving memory of Richard Landon Coburn, a 1978 graduate of Manchester High School. A warm, kind, and gregarious young man with great concern for his fellow man, Richard’s lifelong wish was to become an asset to his community. Through this scholarship he will have achieved his goal.
The Herbert G. Schlegel Scholarship
The friends and family of Herbert G. Schlegel are pleased to present a scholarship in his name. Herb retired after 38 years of service in the Manchester Schools as an outstanding teacher and coach. The recipient of this scholarship is a young person who exemplifies Herb’s enthusiasm for academic excellence and intellectual curiosity.
The Sally Weld Memorial Scholarships
The Sally (Sara) Weld Scholarships, given by the Weld family in her memory, are for academic achievement, and for those students who exemplify the qualities of Sally Weld: leadership, caring and selfless generosity. Sally Weld believed in education in Manchester. Through her effort, the Manchester Education Fund, Inc. was founded. She believed in the endeavor to excel and the abilities of students to achieve that excellence.
The Sally Weld Book Stipend
The Sally Weld Book Stipend Award is presented to a student who has maintained academic excellence throughout four years of high school. It is awarded to a student who has pursued Manchester Essex Regional High School’s most rigorous curriculum, and who is a top ranking student in the class.

The Friends of the Manchester Education Fund Scholarships
This scholarship award is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Manchester Education Fund. It is awarded to a young person who exemplifies the qualities of character, integrity and scholarship.
The Virginia MacDonald Scholarship
The Virginia MacDonald Scholarship is given in loving memory of Virginia, “Ginger” MacDonald. Ginger served in the Manchester school system for 23 years as a dedicated, devoted teacher. She believed in her students, continually reaching out to them to strive for excellence. The Scholarship is based on the student’s love of, and proficiency in, foreign language and on the qualities of outstanding character and integrity as were exemplified by Ginger.
The William Saltonstall Scholarship
In January of 1979, the friends of our neighbor, Bill Saltonstall, raised money and established a permanent Saltonstall Scholarship to be administered by the Manchester Education Fund. The thirty-second annual Saltonstall Scholarship is awarded this year to a student who exemplifies Bill’s qualities of perseverance, sincerity and good will.
The Abbie Cragg Eaton Memorial Scholarship
The Abbie Cragg Eaton Memorial Scholarship is presented by the Eaton family and is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in education.
The Bruce and Alice Magoon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is presented in loving memory and honor of Bruce and Alice Magoon. Bruce and Alice served the community and the Manchester School System for over 30 years with devotion, dedication and loyalty. Through their commitment and endeavors, they helped to lead hundreds of young people to their “field of dreams”. The basis for this award which Bruce and Alice exemplified is compassion, integrity, leadership and selflessness. Above all, they believed in the student and encouraged the potential in each one.
The Nathaniel C. Andrews Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded in memory of Nathaniel C. Andrews by his family. It is presented to a young person who plans to pursue a career in the technical field.
The Zachary Rauseo Memorial Scholarship
The Zachary J. Rauseo scholarship is awarded to a student who embodies the qualities of creativity and independent thinking, a love of the performing arts, a concern for the environment and generosity of the heart.
The Norman P. Ramos Memorial Scholarship
The family of Norman P. Ramos is awarding this scholarship in his name to a student who will pursue a technical field of study in college.
The Bernice Fiahlo Memorial Scholarship
The family of Bernice Fiahlo is presenting this scholarship to honor her memory to a student pursuing a health-related curriculum in college.
The Benjamin Carr Grayden Scholarship
The Benjamin Carr Grayden Scholarship is given in loving memory of Ben Grayden, Class of 2000. Ben is cherished for being playful, unassuming, righteous, steadfast in the face of adversity and generous of spirit. He described himself as simply a hard-worker and a loyal friend. This gift is presented to the graduating senior who most embodies all of these qualities.
The Jennie P. Brown Memorial Scholarship
The Jennie P. Brown Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by the Brown Family in loving memory of long-time Manchester resident and youth supporter, Jennie Brown. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate who plans to attend college or trade school. Consideration is given to academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities. Special consideration is given to those students who have demonstrated a commitment to extracurricular activities, including community service. This is the twelfth year that this scholarship will be awarded.
The Robert K. Mulloy Scholarship Award
The family and friends of Rob Mulloy, a 1987 graduate of Manchester High School are pleased to honor a senior who demonstrates Rob’s strength of character, academic achievement, sense of humor and love of the theater arts.
The Bernice Baker Lipsett Memorial Scholarships
These scholarships are being awarded in memory of Bernice Baker Lipsett. For over 65 years, Bernice taught piano and organ to hundreds of Manchester students and shared her musical talent at fundraisers, organizations and as organist and choir director at the First Parish Church congregation for 62 years. The scholarships go to students who best exemplify the giving/sharing characteristics that Bernice herself had during her lifetime and who will be going on to a higher education in the field of the arts.
The Ralph Kershaw Memorial Scholarship
The Manchester Men’s Recreation Association and the Family and Friends of Ralph Kershaw are pleased to award scholarships to graduates who have participated in a sports program at Manchester Essex Regional High School in memory of a longtime Manchester resident and basketball enthusiast, Ralph Kershaw. The awards are based on participation and sportsmanship.
The Donald A. Towle Scholarship
The Donald A. Towle Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to reward, foster and promote the ideals of service, community spirit, dedication, volunteerism and self sacrifice. The Fund honors the extraordinary commitment of Donald A. Towle to these ideals through his many years of leadership by word and deed as a Member, Scoutmaster and Leader of Troop 3, Boy Scouts of America, Manchester, Massachusetts. This Fund also recognizes his dedication to instilling these values in the young people in our community through his service to the Manchester Playground Program, the Marblehead School System and other similar endeavors. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who embody the ideals of service, community spirit, dedication, volunteerism, and self sacrifice that the Board believes will advance these qualities through future endeavors. The recipient(s) must have or have had a meaningful relationship to Troop 3.

The S. Arthur Mears Scholarship
The applicant must be an Essex resident and must be able to demonstrate through past deeds in the community a strong commitment to good citizenship.  Specific examples of past and present work within the community are required.

The Samuel Arthur and Jennie Mears Scholarship
The applicant must be an Essex resident and must be able to demonstrate through past deeds in the community a strong commitment to good citizenship.  Specific examples of past and present work within the community are required.