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(2017-18 Recipient: Ismael Cisse)

The Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts was founded by Carlisle townspeople led by Naoko Hague in 1983 on occasion of Mrs. Peckham's retirement from her 27 years career as outstanding music educator. This tribute provides the basis of the Fund which rewards excellence in these disciplines.

(2017-18 Recipient: Katherine Williams)

CCSF Chairperson, Ken Anderson, presents certificate to Al Powers
as Maybeth and Ed Sonn (CCSF Trustee & Assistant Treasurer) look on.

The Albert L. & June B. Powers Scholarship Fund has been established by the CCSF Board of Trustees in recognition of Al's contributions to the Concord-Carlisle community as a Teacher of Chemistry and Head of the Science Department at Concord-Carlisle High School and as a Trustee and Treasurer extraordinaire of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.

As a college freshman in 1959, June was barred from her university's engineering math program by the Dean of Engineering who told her, "There's no place for women in engineering mathematics!"  June ultimately earned a graduate degree in engineering and became an accomplished mathematician and CAD programmer/educator.  In response, it is Al's hope that June's example and this award will be used to encourage women who aspire to careers in mathematics, science, or engineering. 

"Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of opportunity to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within."

- Steven Jay Gould (The Mismeasure of Man, 1981)

(2017-18 Recipient: Jurgens Michel Jr.)

The David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund is being established to honor the life and contributions of David Prifti, long-time member of the CCHS art faculty and Past-Trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.

"David was an original thinker, a people person, a passionate artist, the best of friends to many people. He was a man who drew far outside of the lines, in the very best of ways. Energetic, inquisitive and exuberant, he delved into all aspects of his life with the same zest for exploration and community building. He excelled as a teacher as well as an artist, and made friends and connections wherever he went. To honor his memory, the student who receives the David Prifti Memorial Scholarship is chosen based on one, or more, of the following characteristics; community involvement, creative exploration, energetic pursuit of scholarly passion, peer outreach and group building, and stubborn determination in the pursuit of worthy but difficult goals. David would have been the first to congratulate the chosen scholars and to wish them the best for their journeys."

(2017-18 Recipient: Abilgail Yarmartino)

The Katrina Joanne Przyemski Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Katrina's family to honor her life and accomplishments. After graduating from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2000, Katrina studied Environmental Studies at Vassar College before earning a DPhil (PhD) in Philosophy from Oxford. At the time of her passing, Katrina was completing a second PhD at New York University. In addition to her academic achievements, Katrina had a passion for exploring the world and challenging herself physically through marathons, Tough Mudders, and other competitions. Katrina was keenly aware of the importance an education could make to someone's life, and the limited opportunity many people faced.

Katrina was exceptional - she was full of life, enthusiastic, determined, and well-respected by her family, friends, and her peers. She was accepting of everyone. Her humility, caring, sensitive and gentle nature and her love of knowledge were truly admirable. We hope that future scholarship recipients will be inspired by Katrina's legacy.

(2017-18 Recipient: Catherine Goode)

This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Marguerite (Peg) Purcell to honor the memory of a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and community volunteer. An advocate of community service, Mrs. Purcell was actively involved in church and town affairs. Among her many contributions to the Town of Concord was the establishment of Picnic in the Park which has become a very popular and well-attended annual July 4 community celebration. In recognition of her years of service, Mrs. Purcell was named one of Concord's Honored Citizens.

(2017-18 Recipient: Deedy Chang)

Nick.small.2The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Nick's family and friends to honor the life of Nick Ressler. Nick was a promising student, artist, musician, athlete, and leader, when he lost a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 14 in 2001. Nick's education in the Concord Public Schools helped shape his life in very positive ways and nurtured his love of learning. To further other students' pursuit of knowledge, Nick's parents, Paul and Pam Ressler; sisters, Kim (CCHS '01) and Jen (CCHS '08); and Nick's friends and extended family established The Nick Ressler Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2005 to commemorate Nick's classmates' high school graduation year. Nick's family and friends hope that Nick's Renaissance spirit will continue to be recognized and remembered by awarding an annual scholarship to a four-year college or university for a local student who exemplifies Nick's pursuit of excellence in the arts, academics, athletics, and leadership.

(2017-18 Recipient: Anna Christiansen)

Born in Washington, DC, Maura Roberts grew up in Massachusetts.  Following graduation from college she taught in the Dracut Public Schools; the Virginia Beach, VA public schools; and Sea Pines Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina before moving to Concord.  From 1989 until her retirement in 2002, she taught English at Concord-Carlisle High School where she distinguished herself as an outstanding educator.  A master teacher and mentor to several new teachers in her department, Maura was respected and admired by her colleagues school-wide.  According to a member of her department, “she was the standard bearer of excellence in teaching” who “demanded outstanding work from her most academically challenged freshmen and her highest-achieving seniors alike.” 

Maura cared deeply about her students and constantly strove to find ways to engage them fully in the development of their English language skills while consistently challenging them to produce their best work possible.  She particularly enjoyed working with students for whom learning was difficult and inspired many to succeed beyond their expectations.  One of her former students said that “she taught me how to write a five-page analytical essay… and spent countless hours working with me outside of class on refining my writing skills.”  Maura opened new worlds of interest and ideas to her students through the literature she taught, helping them to become more critical readers.  She always had a suggestion for another “good read.”  She spent hours correcting papers with meaningful notes to tell students how they could improve their writing and to praise them for what they had done well. 

Maura’s family and friends have established this scholarship in her memory as a tribute to her enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning and her dedication and perseverance in drawing out the best from her students.

(2017-18 Recipient: Jurgens Michel Jr.)

The Charles A. Robichaud Fund was established in 1997 by his family to honor Al Robichaud, who joined the science faculty at Concord Carlisle High School in 1968 and also served as head football coach for 18 years. Al retired in 1997 after 29 years of service to Concord-Carlisle High School. Al's wife, Carol, and his five children, Jeffrey, David, Michele, Michael and Kimberly, and his many friends and supporters in the community of Concord have put together this fund as a tribute to Al's dedication to Concord students, both in the classroom and on the playing field, for so many years.

In 2013, Al Robichaud was inducted into the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments as a coach.

(2017-18 Recipient: Morgan Nicholas)

This scholarship in memory of James Shepherd pays tribute to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a brilliant engineer; a passionate educator; and a person dedicated to community service. He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, physics and math before earning his doctorate in engineering at Harvard University.  While studying for his doctorate, Dr. Shepherd was an instructor of physics and communication engineering at that institution.  Following graduation he joined Sperry Rand where he worked on radar development and later, as head of their new research center, oversaw the work of 150 engineers.  Dr. Shepherd held no fewer than 17 patents for his work on radar and electronic systems.  Dedicated to his family, he shared his love of travel, tennis, photography and chess with his wife, children and grandchildren. After retiring in 1972, Dr. Shepherd was also able to pursue his passion for teaching.  Not only was he a computer science instructor for the Concord-Carlisle adult education program, but he also volunteered many hours as a consultant, teacher of teachers, and tutor at Concord-Carlisle High School.  His counsel, initiative and instruction were instrumental in helping the high school develop its early computer programs and to equip its new computer labs. 

As a result of his significant contributions to the community, Dr. Shepherd was named Concord’s Honored Citizen of 1987, an honor he shared with his wife, Annabelle, who was also recognized for her years of service to the Town of Concord.

(2017-18 Recipient: Gabrielle Wilson)

Born in Concord in 1901, Farnham W. Smith attended the Concord Public Schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1920. He then attended Northeastern University where he received a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. Farnham then entered a family business and eventually took over management of the Blanchard Lumber Co., a wholesale distributor of lumber throughout the northeastern U. S. After World War II, he and his two brothers founded Concord Lumber Corp., which grew and prospered as a family retail lumber business, and is now owned by its employees. In 1958, Farnham founded Lincoln Management Corp., providing investment management for individuals and trusts. He actively managed this firm throughout the remainder of his life. Farnham had many other business interests, including the Maine Central Railroad, on whose board he served for 21 years. He and his wife, Susan, owned and operated Great Brook Farms in Carlisle, where they raised purebred Holstein-Friesian cattle and developed a premier bloodline for that breed. Farnham was also involved in community affairs, serving as Selectman in Concord and as a member of the Planning Board in Carlisle, where he lived from 1954 until his death in 1989. Especially interested in higher education, Farnham served more than 25 years a trustee of Northeastern University Corporation. His father, William Lincoln Smith, had been professor of electrical engineering at Northeastern for more than 30 years and Farnham funded a scholarship there in his name. Farnham's wife and family have established The Farnham W. Smith Scholarship Fund in his memory, in recognition of his love for his two "home towns" of Concord and Carlisle, as well as for his commitment to higher education.

(2017-18 Recipient: Jack Driscoll)

This fund was established to honor the memory of David S. Soleau (1948-2008).  He was a 1966 Concord-Carlisle High School graduate and a recipient of the Flag Award. A long-time resident of Concord, David had a deep joy for, and engagement with, life and learning.  After completing his B. A. and M. Arch. degrees at Yale University, David focused his creative talents on architectural design for schools and universities in Massachusetts, the United States, and throughout the world.  At the time of his death, David was President and CEO  of the architectural firm, Flansburgh Associates, in Boston.

David lived life to the fullest and loved his family, his friends, nature, and the Town of Concord.  Unless freezing weather prevailed, you could often see David exploring the Sudbury River in his modest fishing boat.  The river was a constant source of wonder and enjoyment for him.


The Maybeth Fandel Sonn Scholarship was established in memory of Maybeth Fandel Sonn (1941-2009) to help students afford to pursue higher education and a life of learning and service to their communities. Each year it is awarded to a student from the Concord and Carlisle community who faces economic hurdles to pursuing higher education.


Maybeth, who lived in Carlisle for 35 years, was a librarian and a lifelong lover of books and learning who was known for her generosity towards those around her. A native of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Maybeth graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in history and received a masters of library science from Simmons College.


Maybeth was the beloved wife of Edward Sonn of Carlisle, whom she married in 1963. Together they moved to Carlisle in 1974 where they raised their family. Their children, Kathryn Klickstein of Carlisle, Paul Sonn of Brooklyn, and Eugene Sonn of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, all graduated from Concord-Carlisle.


Maybeth loved to read, especially to her grandchildren, and worked for many years as a librarian, beginning at the Emmanuel College Library and concluding at Carlisle’s Gleason Library, from which she retired in 1998.


She served as a volunteer reader to seniors, preschoolers and others who could not read for themselves. She could be counted on to show up at the home of a sick neighbor with a meal. Or invite those without family nearby to join hers for holidays. Whether it was driving elderly parishioners to church, preparing care packages for prisoners at MCI Concord, teaching Sunday school, or volunteering around Carlisle, Maybeth was always a doer for others.


Maybeth also cherished flowers and gardening. She studied landscape design and operated a small business planning and tending gardens. She was never happier than when she was with her flowers. The St. Irene Parish gardens in Carlisle, which Maybeth designed and cared for, were later named in her honor.


The Maybeth Fandel Sonn Scholarship was established to honor her passion for learning and helping those around her by assisting young people in pursuing higher education and going on to a life of service to their communities.

(2017-18 Recipient: Julia Dunn)

In the summer of 1997, Mark Teverovsky, a Concord student enrolled at Tufts University, died unexpectedly. The Concord-Carlisle schools were a great influence in Mark's life, and many of his happiest moments occurred during his time there. His family and friends have established this fund in his memory. It is his family's hope that the scholarship be awarded to a student who may be interested in studying biology.

(2017-18 Recipient: Nia Dorsey)

Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1948, Jeanne Alice Toombs was the daughter of the late Enest and Agnes Toombs, sister of Linda Hossfeld and Kimberly Beach Flint. Jeanne loved music. While growing up in Concord, Jeanne organized carol singing at Christmastime with her sisters, Linda and Nancy, and neighborhood children, a tradition that continued for many years. A life-long resident of Concord, Jeanne graduated from Concord Carlisle High School in 1966, where she was an avid participant in many musical activities: accompanying soloists, choruses, and musicals and singing in chorus, select chorus, and madrigals. Jeanne graduated from William Smith College, and then was awarded a piano teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she earned her Master of Music degree.

After a few years of teaching music at Douglas Elementary School in Acton MA, she opened her own studio in Concord, teaching piano full time. Jeanne had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students of all ages for over three decades. Her chosen career allowed her to fulfill her loves of people, music, piano, and teaching. She created a safe, relaxed space for learning, with lots of laughter. Jeanne was a supportive, patient, and caring teacher who believed that music builds self-esteem, improves intelligence, helps form friendships, and places a student on a path of self expression, achievement and joy that lasts a lifetime.

The family and friends of Jeanne Alice Toombs established this fund after her death in 2008 to encourage other young musicians to pursue their careers in teaching and performance.
  Award preference will be given to CCHS graduates who have demonstrated avid participation in the music programs at the high school and in the greater Boston Area, with particular consideration given to students with a demonstrated interest in music education or in the performing arts.

(2017-18 Recipient: Jack Driscoll)

The Video Revolution, Ralph and Ellie Grossi Scholarship Fund was established in early August, 2007, by the Grossi family and friends to continue to support community values and the youth of Concord and Carlisle in the absence of Ralph's direct contributions. Ralph had been battling cancer for the past two years while continuing to operate the store. Then in July, 2007, he was forced to close the store very quickly in order to spend his remaining time with family. On August 13, 2007, he passed away in the comfort of his home at the age of 58. The Concord-Carlisle community spirit he has enjoyed over the years and the overwhelming community outpouring of support and best wishes through this difficult time was the inspiration to create this fund. Ralph and Ellie want to thank their friends and patrons for their love and fond wishes.

Ralph, a.k.a. Mr. Movie, spent the last 16 years working the counter at Video Revolution, 97 Thoreau Street, in Concord, Mass. He was once described as a bar tender for those who didn't go to bars; marriage counselor; and VCR repairman who makes free house calls... all wrapped up in one person. He was friend, father figure, and confidant to the high school students he hired. He helped to promote good family values in them. He also promoted family values and education in his selection of the videos available at the store. And he has always selflessly given to others and supported community programs while accepting nothing in return.. the embodiment of true community spirit... he truly paid it forward.

Ralph and Ellie always praised the local students who work for them and said that they were "the best". As proof of this, both the current and previous students returned to volunteer their time to help liquidate the store. Without the support of these great up-and-coming young adults, they would not have succeeded. They were overwhelmed by their tireless, selfless, work ethic over long hours and in the worst of times. Over the years there were nearly 100 students had the benefit of working for Ralph at Video Rev. There was a waiting list of students that will no longer have that opportunity. Ralph was greatly comforted by the knowledge that CCHS students will continue to be benefited by a scholarship fund in honor of his and Ellie's contributions to the community.

Although Ralph and Ellie had no children, the Grossi family extends beyond the Video Revolution family. As part of Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services "Bridge Homes Program", Ralph and Ellie were house-parents providing safe haven to runaway and abused children at risk. Over the year that they participated in this program, countless children passed through their doors. Some stayed for only one night while others stayed for weeks. Ellie continues to work as a special education teaching assistant at the Nixon School in Sudbury, MA. She looks forward to the Video Rev legacy living on to benefit the students of CCHS.

(2017-18 Recipient: Julia Dunn)

The Harvey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by his wife and three children to honor his life and memory. Born on Elm Street in 1922, he was a life-long resident of Concord and was never far from there the rest of his life. Exceptions were serving as a pilot in WWII in the South Pacific. Also, as a young boy, several winters were spent in Wickenburg, AZ. He took great pride in leading the Patriots Day parade tall in the saddle, having spent those cowboy days riding in Arizona. His employment was also in Concord on Virginia Road with the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory Flight Facility.

Harvey enjoyed all the town traditions and activities. He was captain of the Concord Independent Battery and also served on the 350th Celebrations Committee, organizing cultural events. He was active with the CCHS Scholarship Committee and also a Trustee and Deacon of the First Parish Church. His good nature, friendship, and reliability were enjoyed by all who knew him.

His grandfather Harvey has a legacy establishing the West Concord community with a school named after him, a compliment to live up to. Harvey attended Trinity College which was cut short by his enlistment in 1941 for the war. He, unfortunately, never graduated. It is the Wheeler Family hope that this named scholarship will enable others to complete their college educations.


(2017-18 Recipients: Jack Fell, Sophia Marsh)

doug_white_web.jpgThe Doug White Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by friends and family of Doug to honor his life. Doug grew up in Concord and graduated from CCHS in 1976. He was a quiet leader, tenacious, reliable, committed and passionate about whatever he set out to do; he never sought personal recognition, was an initiator of projects that he just thought needed to get done, and a huge sports fan, both as a player and as a spectator. He adored his family, his friends, and his town. He always had time for everyone and everything. For this reason, the Doug White Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to one female and one male graduating senior. Doug White Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who exhibit love of community through their service to their school and/or their town; a love of sports whether as an athlete or a fan, whose actions speak louder than words; and whose generosity of spirit and self is extended without desire or expectation of recognition.

(Established Dec., 2017)

Joyce Woodman contracted polio when she was seven years old and spent 4 months in an iron lung. She survived, but the illness left her without the use of her right arm and very limited use of her left arm and hand. With the support of family, physical therapists, doctors, and friends, as well as her own inner strength and resourcefulness, she learned to compensate for her handicap. Joyce was self-reliant, upbeat, and resilient.

She attended Concord Public Schools for K-12, graduated from CCHS in 1965, and graduated from Boston University College of Liberal Arts with a degree in the Fine Arts. She commuted from Concord to Boston University for four years, driving herself in a modified car that enabled her to steer with the help of her left leg. She worked for the Concord Public Library in Special Collections for 27 years. Throughout those years, she won the admiration and respect of the library staff and all who came into contact with her. She valued history and antiquity and enthusiastically served on the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association board for many years.

Joyce loved her family and her dogs, and she had a deep appreciation for nature - especially, the changing of the seasons and the wind. During her lifetime, she traveled the world, including the Far East, Europe, and the U. S. She overcame her handicap with her "I can do it myself" determined spirit and love for life. After retiring from the library, Joyce became the primary caregiver for her mother. They lived in their 1830 farmhouse where she had grown up and lived her entire life. She served faithfully in that role until the end of her life in 2015. This scholarship was established by her brother, Byron Woodman, to honor her life and spirit.

(2017-18 Recipient: Nia Dorsey)

In 1994, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund voted to establish this award in memory of Charles K. Yeremian, the head of music education in the Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle School District from 1945 to 1967.  Very active in town and regional music and arts activities, Mr. Yeremian chaired the Arts Festival in 1968 that raised more than $10,000 for the Fund, its first significant capital contribution.

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