Mission

The mission of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc. is to provide scholarships to worthy students, primarily graduates of the Weston METCO Program, to attend college or to obtain other post-secondary education.

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Just fifty years – a winter’s day –

As runs the history of a race;

yet, as we look back o’er the way,

how distant seems our starting place!

– James Weldon Johnson, American poet & educator, civil rights activist.

Fifty years ago the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial support to our METCO graduates as they head into the world to further their educations and fulfill their hopes and dreams. What we did not know in 1968 was that the cost of college tuition today would be nearly 50 times what it was in the 1960s. How significant then, is your support in this our 50th year, as we ask for your help to sustain and strengthen our mission.

Your tax deductible contribution to the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund will help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 in order to deliver the level of financial support our students require to alleviate many of the challenges associated with the outstanding costs of higher education today. Our need-based scholarships contribute to the overall cost of tuition, facilitate the purchase of books, and, for day students, expenses associated with transportation to and from school.

Weston METCO students have shown immeasurable gratitude for the opportunities they have been given as a result of the scholarships we provide, and their letters of appreciation could not highlight the importance of our work more vividly. In the words of Bridgewater State University student Savaughn Dickerson, we “lighten their burden”, enabling them to concentrate on what’s most important: learning. As a result of your generosity, students are able to remain focused on achievement and look forward to lives of active engagement.

More than ever before, your support of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund is vital for our students to reach their educational and career goals, to become leaders in their communities, and to make a difference in our world. A gift in honor of our 50th anniversary will be especially meaningful, and gratefully acknowledged.

Please make your contribution today!

Sincerely,

Pamela R. Foster

Trustee, Weston METCO Scholarship Fund

Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc.
 As we reflect upon the academic and career achievements of our Weston METCO students, and wish them further success, please send your tax-deductible contribution now to www.westonmetco.org or to the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, 49 Bay State Road, Weston, MA  02493.

Make your check payable to:  

WestonMETCO Scholarship Fund, Inc.

and mail to:

c/o William H. Wrean, Jr.

49 Bay State Road

Weston, MA 02493

Purchase the Scholarship Fund Cookbook!

Your purchase of this cookbook supports the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund and will help put a college education within reach of graduated of the Weston METCO Program.

Trustees

Chandra Mohammed ‘92, President      Donald Pierson, Vice President     Angela Molyneaux, Secretary    Sharon Keyes, Correspondence Secretary   Will Wrean ’82, Treasurer

Keith Abbott ’87   Cheryl Antoine    Jaquetta Oliver Bigby ’95   Lynn Song Brown   Sheila Burkus    Gloria Castro   Tina Chartrand ’77   Erika Christon ’06    Michelle Crawford-Cranmore     Pamela R. Foster ’78       Elizabeth Hochberger   Leila Hooper

Barbara Karchmer     Byron Knight ’95 JD     Roslyn Marshall

Monique Marshall-Veale ’86    Elizabeth Nagarajah   Abby Psyhogeos    Mary Pughe     Denise Simmons     Kimberlee Wyche, ’83 MD, MPH     Lisa Wyche ’82

Honorary Trustees

Wallace Ackley     Aberdeen Allen     Robert Danforth      Robert Freeman          William H. Wrean

A Brief History of its Beginning

Nine children from Boston, graduates of the Roxbury-Weston Preschool, entered the Weston Public Schools Kindergarten at Brook School via the METCO Program in September 1967. Weston’s unique plan for participating in METCO was to enroll a new cohort of kindergarten children, primarily those who had attended Roxbury-Weston Preschool, each fall, and have the children continue through graduation.

By the time the first cohort reached fourth grade, in 1971, Weston parent Jane Funkhouser drafted a letter to parents and host parents, urging that plans commence for the funds that would be needed to help support these children further their education beyond Weston High School. She invited contributions and established a savings account in a local bank. Over the next few years, Jane continued to solicit funds informally, and she urged formalizing the effort.

The first meeting of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc. was held at 8:00 PM on Tuesday evening, January 13, 1976 in the METCO Coordinator’s office of the Weston Junior High School. Present were: Frank B. Dow, Jr., H. Kenneth Fish, Jane Funkhouser, Donald E. Pierson, Alton C. Thomas, Harry B. Thompson, Jr., Sally Z. Weiss, and Hamilton Wyche. Sally Weiss led the meeting. She stated that the purpose of the meeting was to formalize the organization of the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund and to discuss the matter of raising funds for scholarship purposes. She reported that the Fund had approximately $800 in the savings account initiated by Jane Funkhouser. Sally also reported that the Weston Coalition, formed shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. had a balance of $1800 remaining in its treasury which they would like to give to the Fund.

For more information, contact the current President, Chandra Mohammed.

Ken Fish distributed a draft of proposed by-laws. It was decided that the initial Board of Trustees should consist of six members, and the following were elected to serve: Frank B. Dow, Jr., Donald E. Pierson, Alton C. Thomas, Harry B. Thompson, Jr., Sally Z. Weiss, and Hamilton Wyche. Sally Weiss was elected President and Treasurer. Ken Fish agreed to serve as Clerk. Jane Funkhouser declined to accept an official position. It was agreed that future membership would be determined by votes of the Trustees at annual meetings.

The Articles of Organization for the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, Inc., establishing the Fund as a charitable private foundation, were filed by H. Kenneth Fish with the Secretary of the Commonwealth at the State House on January 29, 1976.

The first scholarship awards were distributed in 1980, when the first group of METCO students graduated from Weston High School. The first graduates of the Weston METCO program were: Darryl Baynes, Beverly Clark, Maria DaRosa, Keith Haynes, Christopher Hill, Karen Horner, Paul Locker, Brenda McMillan, Myric Thompson, Fred Washington, and Mark Williams.

The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund has been benefitting Weston METCO graduates who are attending college or other post graduate studies for over 30 years.