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Named Funds Provide Lasting Tributes

Honoring citizens who have made a difference is a hallmark of the Concord and Carlisle communities. The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund announces the recent establishment of five new named funds, many paying respect to educators and those who set an example throughout their lives.

“A named fund is a lasting tribute,” stated Lindsay Smith Kafka, CCSF board president. “It’s a way to remember an individual’s distinct character and accomplishments in perpetuity.”  

A love of teaching and dedication to students are often noted in named fund descriptions. This holds true for the Maura Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund and for the Thomas Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund, both honoring superb English teachers at CCHS. Hart is remembered for his “vivacity and sense of humor” while “dedication and perseverance in drawing out the best from her students” are among Roberts’s memorable qualities.

Criteria for the Janet Babb Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Eleanor Winstanley Childs Memorial Scholarship Fund include a strong work ethic, passion, and genuine interest in the students. Babb taught business classes for 27 years at CCHS, retiring in 1982. The Childs scholarship honors a 35-year veteran of schools and an accomplished athlete.

The D’Asti family of Carlisle recently set up the Guido S. D’Asti Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor their father’s life and memory. Mr. D’Asti emigrated from Italy and, through intelligence and hard work, taught himself business and investing. Two of his grandchildren are successful CCHS graduates. The scholarship is awarded in perpetuity to a qualified candidate from the Concord or Carlisle community who shares Mr. D’Asti’s interests and strong work ethic.    

 “It’s easy for family and friends to set up a named fund,” noted CCSF treasurer Al Powers. “We provide the mechanism, manage the awards, and communicate regularly with the family.”    

At Wilson Flight’s memorial service in Concord this month, Flight was remembered as a beloved CCHS science teacher who was recognized by the Geological Society of America as one of the Outstanding Earth Science Educators in the United States. The Wilson R. Flight Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 when Flight retired from teaching and was serving as a trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.

“Gifts to the Wilson Flight Scholarship continue to honor his legacy,” said Powers, a CCHS science department colleague of Flight’s. “Supporting the fund reminds us of his generous spirit and the lasting impact he had on so many students.”

For complete information about the named funds managed by Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, visit