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Press Release

Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund Holds Stewardship Brunch

On Sunday, January 6, the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund hosted its fourth annual Stewardship Brunch in appreciation of CCSF Named Fund Scholarship Benefactors.  The CCSF Board of Trustees also recognized those individuals for whom these endowed scholarships are named and the students who received the awards.  30 of the current 52 Named Funds were represented at this year’s brunch.

Addressing the gathering of over 60 scholarship donors, honorees and recipients, CCSF Chair Lindsay Kafka expressed appreciation both to those who have endowed Named Funds and to the many donors who have contributed annually to the general CCSF Scholarship Fund.  All of these gifts to endowed scholarships and to CCSF scholarships enable CCSF to award need-based scholarships to Concord and Carlisle students throughout their college years.  Since its founding in 1966, CCSF has been able to assist over 1,100 students.  Lindsay told scholarship donors that this generosity represents a deep commitment. “You, and all our other benefactors have played and continue to play an essential role in helping students realize their educational dreams.  This year alone over $162,000 in scholarship aid was awarded to 40 high school graduating seniors and to 56 students already in college.”

Following welcoming remarks, Lindsay introduced Paul Ressler, who with his wife Pam and daughters Kim and Jen established the Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund ten years ago, and the current Nick Ressler Scholarship recipient, Jack Struck.  Paul Ressler spoke about establishing the fund in his son’s memory and commented that the experience has exceeded his expectations.  He described how fulfilling it has been to be a member of the CCSF community, to serve on the CCSF Board of Trustees, to interview students for scholarships and to raise funds through the annual phonathon.  Paul noted how gratifying it was that the Class of 2005, which was his son Nick’s class, was the first to contribute to the CCHSAlumni Scholarship which is one of the more recent Named Funds to be established.  “And I can’t tell you what it has meant to meet and talk with Jack Struck,” Paul said as he introduced this year’s Nick Ressler Scholarship recipient.

Jack spoke about his experiences at the American University in Washington, DC where he has just completed the first semester of his freshman year.  An international studies major, he has been very involved in university life from studies to sports to community service.  Describing his first semester, Jack commented on the many opportunities available to him at American University and how impressed he is by the quality of the diverse and international staff and student body.  “Without the scholarship, I couldn’t have done all I have and look forward to doing,” said Jack as he expressed his appreciation to “all the people who have contributed” to his scholarship.

The CCSF Board of Trustees is grateful to the citizens of Concord and Carlisle who help each year to provide needed financial assistance to the towns’ young people so that they may continue their education after high school.  For more information about the CCSF, Named Funds, and how to make a difference for graduating high school seniors and in-college students, visit