- Unrestricted Community Funds
- Administrative Endowment Funds
- Donor Advised Funds
- Agency Endowments
- Designated Funds
- Field of Interest Funds
- Scholarship Funds
The following collection of undesignated or broadly directed funds allow the foundation to be flexible and responsive to emerging and changing community needs.
Wally Barnes Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives
This fund was established in 2013 to honor longtime Bristol resident and community leader Wallace Barnes. It will provide support for leadership initiatives identified by the Foundation, in the six communities served, to promote collaborative solutions in an effort to build stronger communities. Such efforts may include but are not limited to: facilitation of community conversations/focus groups, community needs assessments, development of cross sector partnerships, and/or capacity building efforts.
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund
Established at the Community Foundation in 1998 to continue the grantmaking done through the private Bristol Brass Foundation since 1952, with special attention given to pilot, seed and capital projects which will improve the quality of life in our area.
Bristol Savings Bank Fund
Established in 1996 in conjunction with the merger of Bristol Savings Bank and Webster Bank to support programs that will benefit the greater Bristol community with special consideration given to cooperative efforts focused on citizens who may lack financial resources.
Angela and Al Caruso Family Charitable Fund
Established in late 2006 with gifts from Bristol natives Angie and Al Caruso to support a variety of charitable causes in the city of Bristol, both now and in the future.
Ronald F. & Emilie P. Duhaime Family Fund
Established by Ron and Emilie Duhaime in memory of Edgar and Dorothy Duhaime to reflect the family’s long standing commitment to supporting charitable causes in Bristol.
The Formagioni-Lodovico Family Fund
Established in 2009 with a gift from Anthony and Judie Lodovico of Bristol. This fund honors the memory of Mike and Kate Formagioni, Carl and Laura Formagioni, and Carmen “Nucci” and Jennie Lodovico. Grants will be made from this unrestricted fund to meet the changing needs of the Bristol community.
Jim & Eleanor Frawley Community Fund
Established in 2010 with a gift from Jim Frawley to honor the memory of his beloved wife Eleanor. Grants from this fund will support a variety of charitable causes to meet the changing needs of the communities served by the foundation.
Gnazzo/Reidy Charitable Fund
Established in 2000 by Joseph Gnazzo and James Reidy to support general charitable purposes in the towns served by the Main Street Community Foundation.
Edward W. and Audrey K. Mink Memorial Fund
Established during 2000 by the children of Audrey Mink to support charitable needs in the towns served by the Main Street Community Foundation.
The Tedesco – Gallant Charitable Fund
Created to honor the families of former Bristol residents and business owners Fred & Carol Tedesco by providing unrestricted funds to meet the changing needs of the Bristol community over time.
Turkus Family Fund
Established in 2000 by Dr. Hal and Lynne Turkus to support charitable causes in our area.
These permanent funds provide support for the ongoing work of the Main Street Community Foundation.
Barnes Group Inc. 150th Anniversary Fund
Established in 2007 in celebration of the Barnes Group Inc.’s 150th Anniversary. This fund will provide ongoing operational support for the Main Street Community Foundation.
Main Street Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Established in 2000 with a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor to support the operations and activities of the Main Street Community Foundation. Many donors, including Board Members, Founders and staff have since added to the fund.
Dave and Edith Scarritt Fund
Established by long time Bristol residents John and Susan Scarritt in December 2004 to honor the memory of John’s parents, David and Edith Scarritt. Mr. and Mrs. Scarritt were lifelong Bristol residents and owners of the Scarritt Lumber Company. Proceeds from the fund will be used primarily to support the work of the Main Street Community Foundation.
Yarde Metals Community Support Fund
Started by the management and employees of Yarde Metals to support the work of the Main Street Community Foundation.
Established by donors who wish to actively participate in the grant making process. Donors recommend grants to charitable projects or organizations they want to support throughout the year.
Tom & Melanie Barnes Family Fund
Established by area philanthropist and businessman Tom Barnes and his wife Melanie in June 2004 to support a variety of charitable causes, primarily in the Main Street service area.
John Brozinski and Anne Povilaitis Pulmonary Rehabilitation Fund
Established by Bob and Carolyn Fiondella in memory of Carolyn’s father John Brozinski. This fund will support pulmonary rehab programs at Bristol Hospital.
Clement Family Fund
Established by Bristol residents Tony and Sondra Clement together with their children Jeff, Kristie and Kimberly to provide support to worthy charitable organizations with preference given to human services, education and sports-related programs in the communities served by the Foundation.
Denorfia Family Charitable Fund
Established by Attorney and Mrs. Anthony Denorfia to assist families in need and to support educational institutions and other charitable causes which will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Southington and other geographic areas as recommended by the donor.
The Dumont Family Charitable Fund
Established in 2000 by local businessman Roland Dumont to support charitable causes in the area served by the Foundation, with special emphasis on programs that give opportunities to disadvantaged youth as well as to other charitable projects the family would like to support.
Cheryl Dumont-Smith Community Fund
Established by the Main Street Community Foundation Board of Directors to honor Cheryl for her eleven years of service to the Foundation as its Executive Director from 1996 to 2004 and its President and CEO from 2004 to July 2007. This permanent fund will support a variety of community-based projects in the Foundation’s service area, with some preference given to the ongoing administrative support of the Foundation.
Pattie & Bill Dunn Family Charitable Fund
Established by Pattie and Bill Dunn to support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.
This fund was established by local resident and Phoenix Insurance Company CEO Bob Fiondella and his wife Carolyn to be used primarily for charitable purposes of their choice in our area. Some preference is given to youth related projects.
Terry and Marguerite Fletcher Family Fund
Established in 2007 by family, friends and employees to honor Terry Fletcher on the occasion of his 50th anniversary with The Fletcher-Terry Company which was founded in 1868. Annual distributions will support worthy charitable endeavors in the Foundation’s service area.
Furey Family Charitable Fund
Created by the Furey children, in memory of their parents, Charles L. and Priscilla K. Furey to support worthy charitable causes to enhance the quality of life for residents of Bristol and other geographic areas as recommended by the donor.
The Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce Fund
Established at the Main Street Community Foundation in 2000 to support the work of local 501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater Bristol area.
Hamzy Family Charitable Fund
Established in 2010 by Bill and Anita Hamzy to support a variety of charitable causes in the Greater Plymouth community.
Ercole and Pamela Labadia Family Charitable Fund
Established by retired banker and community leader Ercole Labadia and his wife Pam to support general charitable causes in the towns served by the Community Foundation.
John & Sandra Leone Family Charitable Fund
To mark John Leone’s retirement in 2008 from the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber board of directors, with gifts from family, friends and businesses, established a fund in his honor. John committed a great portion of his career to public service and then later as the leader of the Chamber. This permanent advised fund will support charitable programs in the Greater Bristol community with some preference given to healthcare and youth-related programs.
Muncy/Smith Family Fund
Established in 2007 from the estate of Jeanne Muncy and donations from family members and friends to support program expansion and other needs of the Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc.(ELCCT).
Smith Family Charitable Fund
Created in December 2004 by longtime Bristol residents and community volunteers Ed and Mary Smith to support a variety of charitable causes.
The Technical Education Fund
Created by Bristol residents Bill & Jean Johnson to support projects which will enhance the quality and reputation of area technical education and support students who wish to pursue a career in the technical field.
Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund
Established by Tim and Mary Walsh to support a variety of charitable organizations for general charitable purposes primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.
Zomick Family Fund
Established as a permanent fund in 2006 by Doctor David and Stephanie Zomick to support a variety of charitable causes in the area served by the Main Street Community Foundation, with some preference given to youth outdoor activities.
Established by a nonprofit organization as a means of protecting their charitable dollars for the future and to ensure a source of annual support for their programs and operations.
American Clock & Watch Museum, Inc. Fund
Established in 1999 to provide ongoing support for programs at the American Clock & Watch Museum.
Bristol Hospital Development Foundation Fund
The Bristol Hospital Development Foundation was set up in 1999 to provide ongoing support for projects at Bristol Hospital.
Bristol Boys and Girls Club Endowment Fund
The Bristol Boys and Girls Club Endowment Fund was established in late 2004 which will support the work of this local youth organization.
Burlington Historical Society Fund
The Burlington Historical Society Fund was established in early 2008, this agency endowment will provide ongoing support for the Burlington Historical Society and its programs to preserve the history of Burlington, Connecticut.
Burlington Land Trust, Inc. Fund
The Burlington Land Trust, Inc. Fund was established in 2007 to support the preservation of important natural resources that help define and distinguish Burlington.
Burlington Library Association Fund
The Burlington Library Association Fund was established in 1999 to support the ongoing charitable needs of the Burlington Library.
Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc. Fund
Set up to provide support for the programs of the Environmental Learning Centers of CT which includes Indian Rock and the Barnes Nature Center.
Samuel Goodsell Park and Playground Fund
This trust, transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2013, was originally established by bequest in 1973 by Samuel J. Goodsell. Distributions from this fund will be used for the care, maintenance, improvement, acquisition and extension of parks and playgrounds in Bristol, CT.
Plainville Affordable Housing Corporation Fund
Set up in 2000 to support the work of the Plainville Affordable Housing Corporation.
Plymouth Library Association Fund
The Plymouth Library Association Fund was established by the Friends of the Plymouth Library in 1999 to provide ongoing support of the library and its programs.
St. Andrew Mission Endowment Fund
Established in 2009 by St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Inc., this agency endowment fund will provide ongoing support for the church located in Bristol, CT.
Tunxis Community College Fund
Established by Tunxis Community College in 2000 to support the ongoing programs of Tunxis Community College.
Tunxis Community College II Fund
Established in July 2004 to provide permanent support for Tunxis Community College.
Tunxis Community College Bristol Career Center Endowment Fund
Established to provide financial support to the new Tunxis @ Bristol Career Center above and beyond that provided by Tunxis Community College.
Tunxis Community College Bristol Career Center Endowment Fund II
Established in July 2004 to provide permanent support for the Tunxis @ Bristol Career Center of Tunxis Community College.
United Way of West Central CT, Inc. Fund
The United Way of West Central CT, Inc. Fund was established in 1999 and will provide ongoing support for United Way programs.
The Wheeler Clinic/Dennis Keenan Fund
This fund was created in 1999 to honor departing Executive Director Dennis Keenan by supporting the future needs of Wheeler Clinic.
These funds provide support for a specific charitable organization.
Bradley Henry Barnes Fund for the Southington Community YMCA
This designated fund was established in 2011 with the proceeds from a terminated trust originally established from a bequest by Bradley H. Barnes. Stewardship of the assets, in perpetuity, will benefit the Southington Community YMCA.
Carlyle F. Barnes Memorial Chapel Trust
This trust, transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation, was originally established in 1936. Annual distributions provide for the maintenance and upkeep of the Carlyle F. Barnes Memorial Chapel so that no fees are requested for the use of the chapel for funeral purposes.
Hap Barnes Fire Safety Trailer Fund
Established in 2012 to purchase and maintain a fire safety trailer, which is a mobile classroom, to be used to instruct children about fire safety topics, including real life demonstrations of sprinkler systems, room fires, warning signs and other topics as part of the “risk watch” program. The trailer and the associated fire safety program are dedicated in memory of Carlyle “Hap” Barnes, who served as a fire commissioner in Bristol for 36 years.
Hap Barnes Fund for Fire Safety and Prevention
Established by the Directors of the Barnes Foundation, Inc. to honor Hap Barnes. Distribution from the fund will support fire safety education and prevention programs in the new Museum of Fire History at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT.
Bristol Eastern High School Athletic Fund
This fund will serve as a collection mechanism for donations and grant funds which will be used to purchase and install lights and a press box on the football field at Bristol Eastern high School. Project completion will assist in fostering the positive aspects of football and other athletic programs at Bristol Eastern High School located in Bristol, CT.
Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Fund (B.S.O.F.)
Set up by the founders of this local organization to provide a permanent source of scholarship awards for Bristol High School student athletes as well as for the general purpose of the B.S.O.F.
Julius D. Bristol Trust
This trust, transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation, was originally established in 1888 by Mr. Julius D. Bristol for the purpose of purchasing shoes for indigent children living in Southington. This trust continues to support the back-to-school needs of financially disadvantaged children from Southington administered by the town’s Community Services department.
City of Bristol Treasurer’s Fund for Financial Awareness
Established in 2012 by the City of Bristol Treasurer, Tom Barnes, Jr., this fund will foster a pilot project to promote financial awareness among middle school age students in Bristol.
Connecticut Quilt Registry Legacy Fund
Established by the Connecticut Quilt Search Project to provide maintenance and upkeep of the extensive documentation forms, database, slides and all other items donated to the Connecticut Historical Society as a result of the Connecticut Quilt Search Project. A fascinating book, Quilts and Quiltmakers covering Connecticut, was also written as part of this project.
Tyler James Gingery Memorial Fund
Family and friends established this designated fund to honor the memory of Tyler James Gingery who died at age five from a heart disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. An annual grant will be made to support the work of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association.
Estela Wilderness Education Fund
This fund, established in 2012 by Kevin Estela, a high-school teacher in Bristol, will provide support for camperships, program development and trail maintenance at the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut (ELCCT). ELCCT is a non-profit organization that provides environmental education experiences to young people and adults, encourages the conservation and enjoyment of the natural environment throughout Connecticut, and serves as a land trust in the vicinity of Bristol, Connecticut.
Edward Ingraham Fund
A long-time supporter of the Boys Club of Bristol, this fund honors the memory of Edward Ingraham and will provide support to the Bristol Boys & Girls Club and Family Center for summer camp expenses or to provide a summer camp experience for the youth of Bristol.
Inside Rebecca’s Backpack Fund
Created by former Southington High School student Rebecca Michlin and Southington Community Services in 2006, grants from this fund will provide school supplies or summer school for Southington students in need and fund other educational opportunities to benefit the Southington community.
Kristen’s Wishes Fund
Established to honor the memory of Kristen Warner who died in a tragic automobile accident in 2004 at the young age of thirteen. Kristen was a vibrant and happy youth whose smile was contagious. This fund will keep Kristen’s generous and loving spirit alive by fulfilling a variety of “wishes” for youth through Southington Community Services.
Charles Kushlan Memorial Fund
Transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2006. Originally established 30 years ago in memory of community business leader Charles Kushlan to provide an annual award to the Bristol Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year recipient.
Bob and Carol Messier Family Fund
To celebrate Bob Messier’s retirement as president and CEO of Valley Bank, the bank board of directors, together with gifts from family and friends, established a fund in his honor. A long-time community volunteer and leader of the Bristol Business Education Foundation (BBEF), this fund will provide support to the BBEF for the purpose of providing mini-grants to teachers for special programs and enrichment activities.
Eva M. Pierce Memorial Charitable Fund
Eva Pierce, a friend to many, wanted to leave a legacy to the future citizens in the greater Bristol community. Upon her death in late 2007, her bequest was realized to establish a permanent fund to provide support for local charitable projects such as Meals for the Needy, Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent DePaul Society of Bristol, the Prudence Crandall Center and The Cancer Center at Bristol Hospital.
Plainville Blue Dolphins Scoreboard Fund
This fund will serve as a collection mechanism for donations and grant funds which will be used to purchase and install a Daktronics swim timing system and scoreboard at the Plainville High School pool. Project completion will assist in fostering the positive aspects of swimming in the Town of Plainville.
Sky Bight Foundation Fund for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club
This fund was established in 2011 by Sky Bight Foundation to support an endowment for a new Bristol Boys & Girls' Club facility.
Field of Interest Funds provide support in a specific charitable category (arts, education, human services, etc.) or a specified geographical area or both.
Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust
This trust transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2004, was established by the late Bradley Henry Barnes of Southington to meet the healthcare needs of Southington residents.
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education
Established in 1998 to honor the memory of local industrialist and community leader Fuller Barnes and his wife Myrtle by promoting special educational programs and opportunities for teachers and students in the pre-school to 12th grade populations.
The Becker Family Fund
Established in 1996 by the Becker children in honor of their parents, Dr. Arnold and Ruth Becker and the causes they have cared about throughout their lifetimes. These areas include health care, education, and social action.
Bristol Board of Education Immediate Response Fund
Created through the Bristol Board of Education fundraising efforts to provide a source of immediate response grants for the children, families and employees of the Bristol School system in need of assistance.
Burlington Bell Community Fund
In 2011, a group of committed community leaders in Burlington came together to create an endowment fund to support charitable projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Burlington, Connecticut.
Ciccarelli-Vitale Community Advancement Fund
Established by local physicians Armann Ciccarelli and Valerie Vitale to provide future distributions in the fields of education, the environment and assistance to those acutely in need in the City of Bristol.
Dan Cistulli Memorial Music Fund
Started by the family of Dante Dominic Cistulli II (Dan) after his sudden passing in January 2004. Set up to assist young people in Bristol with a love for music, who might need financial assistance with lessons and/or instruments.
John & Gloria DiFrancesco Fund for Women and Girls
This fund was established in 2011 by John and Susan Scarritt to honor Susan’s mother Gloria and honor the memory of Susan’s father John (Johnny D) DiFrancesco on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Year of the Women and Girls’ Fund. Distributions from this permanent fund will support those initiatives identified by the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
Karen DuCotey Fund For Kids
This immediate response fund was established in 2011 by the family and friends of Karen DuCotey, a beloved teacher who died unexpectedly at the young age of 31. Teaching first and second grades at Lake Garda School in Burlington, Karen’s passion for children was inspirational. This fund will provide grants to assist students attending Region 10 schools who may be in need of immediate assistance due to a particular life situation or unexpected financial hardship.
Barbara Hackman Franklin Fund for Women
This fund was established in 2011 in honor of Barbara Hackman Franklin by her family on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Year of the Women and Girls’ Fund. Distributions from the fund will support those initiatives identified by the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
Margaret Haberman Memorial Fund of Music
In memory of Margaret Haberman, this fund was established to support programs and organizations for the promotion and appreciation of music in the communities served by the Foundation.
Jaspersohn Family Memorial Fund
First established as the Paul Jaspersohn Memorial Fund after his tragic death in 2001. Fund name was changed in 2005 to memorialize other family members after the death of Paul’s father, Tom. This fund will support programs and organization that provide humanitarian efforts to the greater Bristol area.
Paige Wartonick Laferriere Memorial Fund
Established by the family of Paige Laferriere in his memory after his untimely death in 2001. This fund will support programs and organizations with attention paid to those involved with health care, education and social action.
Leading Ladies Immediate Response Fund
Established by the Leading Ladies of Southington, this permanent fund provides a source of immediate response grants to help women and girls in Southington who are in need of assistance with emphasis on basic needs, educational or employment opportunities or that which provides health and safety.
Main Street Children’s Fund
Started in 2006 with a donation from the Yarde Metals NapCar Event, this fund will provide immediate response grants of $100 - $200 to address the needs of children under the age of 18, with an emphasis on basic needs or special opportunities. The Yarde Metals Company wishes to encourage other citizens to contribute to the fund for the general well-being of area youth.
Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund
Established in 2009 to provide grants for special and creative initiatives that can not be funded on a meaningful scale through the regular school budget. This permanently endowed fund will be built by gifts and donations of many individuals, families, businesses and the community-at-large to create a new resource for enhancing the education of students who attend schools in Burlington and Harwinton.
Malerbo Children’s Field Maintenance Fund
A bequest from the estate of Harold L. Malerbo provides the opportunity to award funds to non-profit organizations in Bristol and Burlington that provide organized sports activities to children. Grants can be used for field improvements and equipment purchase.
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund
Established by a charitable roll-over gift from Elizabeth I. Matt of Wethersfield to provide for the care and support of animals in need in the state of Connecticut, with some emphasis on the area served by the Main Street Community Foundation.
Merriman Family Fund
Set up by the Merriman family in 2000 as a field of interest fund to promote environmental and ecological preservation, conservation, education, research and advocacy.
James R. Parker Trust
Created in the late 1970’s through a bequest by Colonel James Parker to help meet the needs of residents in the town of Burlington. It was transferred to Main Street in 2002, after being held for many years by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Plainville Community Fund
Established in 2006 by a group of committed community leaders to provide funding for charitable projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for the Plainville community.
Plymouth Century Club Fund
Established by members of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth School-to-Career Business Partnership to provide mini-grants for creative and innovative instructional practices not funded by the Plymouth Board of Education’s annual budget. These grants will be given to teachers, principals, guidance counselor and other school personnel who seek to enhance student learning.
Douglas and Noreen Schumann Special Interest Fund
Established in 1998 by area residents and business owners Doug and Noreen Schumann to support community programs focused on building self-esteem, confidence and strong values in young people.
Jay & Elizabeth Tyrrell Fund for the Arts
Established in 2011 through a bequest from Elizabeth Tyrrell in honor of her and her late husband, Jay. Grants from this fund will provide support for artistic and cultural opportunities in the greater Bristol area.
The Werner Family Fund
Set up by the Werner family to provide immediate assistance to families with children who may be in need of basic items.
Women & Girls’ Fund
Established in 2001 to support programs that improve the conditions and opportunities for females of all ages in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.
Scholarship funds provide financial assistance for students at varying levels of education. Donors may designate a particular school, field of study and select eligibility criteria. Scholarship recipients are selected by the foundation’s scholarship committee.
Christian Arndt Scholarship Fund
Established through a bequest from the estate of Christian Arndt to support scholarships for Terryville High School students who show academic promise, particularly in the area of science. Born in Germany in 1953, Christian and his family lived for many years in Terryville, where he pursued a wide variety of interests and went on to pursue a successful engineering career.
E. Bartlett Barnes Journalism Award
Friends and admirers of Mr. Barnes created this fund in 1980 to honor him for his lifetime achievements in the field of journalism. Mr. Barnes added substantially to this fund once it was transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation. The award is available to students from five area high schools with interest in journalism, creative writing and/or related studies. E. Bartlett Barnes passed away in February 2004.
Sid Bernard Memorial Art Scholarship Fund
This permanent scholarship fund established by Sid’s spouse Ed Miller in 2009,was created to honor the memory of Sid Bernard who taught art in the Bristol Public School system from 1984-2009. This scholarship is offered to students in the Foundation’s service area who are graduating high school or currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution. The student must be pursuing a major in visual arts, art education or a visual arts related field.
Sylvia Bodak Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family and friends of Sylvia Bodak with assistance from the Women’s Cancer Care Foundation. The fund was set up to honor the life of this courageous woman by supporting the work of individuals in the field of oncology and/or cancer research.
Peter and Marjorie Bossi Educational Fund
Established by Marjorie Bossi to fulfill her late husband’s wish to provide scholarships to help young people. Offers assistance to graduating seniors from Bristol Central High School who wish to pursue further education, with preference to those who are interested in music.
Bowerman Scholarship Fund
This permanent scholarship fund was established in 2008, by retired banking executive and long-time community volunteer, Bryan P. Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman, an alum of Bristol Eastern High School established this fund to award a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior from Bristol Eastern High School accepted at the University of Connecticut with a preference given to students accepted at the School of Business.
The Bristol Boys & Girls Club Schulman Scholarship
Set up to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance to current and former members in good standing of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.
Bristol Lions Club F. Fred Soliani Memorial Scholarship Fund
This permanent scholarship fund was transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in early 2008. This fund honors the memory of F. Fred Soliani a long-time community volunteer and leader of the School-to-Business Partnership and mentoring program which began in 1989 in the Bristol Public Schools. This fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern High Schools who demonstrate scholastic achievement, potential for success in a chosen field, outstanding character and citizenship and a commitment of service to school and community.
Bristol Police Union Scholarship Fund
The Bristol Police Union established this scholarship in 1999 to support students pursuing a career in local, state or federal law enforcement, judicial systems or related criminal justice fields.
Bristol Yale Scholarship
Started in 1999 by the Bristol Yale Club to provide scholarships to high school students in the towns served by Main Street Community Foundation. The scholarship is available to students who need help with post-secondary education expenses including college, university, community and technical college, trade school, adult education courses and other similar educational experiences.
Burlington Lions Charities Scholarship Fund
Established in 2000 by the Burlington Lions Club to provide scholarships for local residents.
The 4 Burns Scholarship – St. Joseph/St. Paul
Established by four siblings within the Burns family of Bristol to thank St. Joseph School for their strong education. This fund assists student-athletes from St. Joseph School who wish to attend St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
The Louis, Mary and Father Salvatore Cavagnuolo Scholarship Fund
Established by Father Salvatore Cavagnuolo in memory of his parents to reflect the family’s lifelong commitment to Catholic education. Funding for the scholarship will come in the form of a bequest from Father Cavagnuolo’s estate.
CONN Acoustics Scholarship Fund
Established in early 2006 by CONN Acoustics President Peter LeBlanc to assist employees with post-secondary education costs for their children. Future funding for this award will be provided by both management and employees of CONN Acoustics, a private company that has provided interior design and construction work in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for almost 50 years.
Peg Coughlin Nursing Scholarship Fund
Established by the family of Peg Coughlin to honor her lifelong commitment to nursing by supporting area citizens who are interested in pursuing nursing studies.
Richard A. DellaVecchia Scholarship Fund
Transferred to the Community Foundation in 2002 by Mr. & Mrs. William DellaVecchia. First established in 1989 in memory of their son, Richard, who was killed in an automobile accident that year. The fund awards scholarships to Southington High School seniors who plan to pursue education beyond high school in a technical/vocational school or college.
Karen Finder Scholarship Fund
Established by Burlington residents Karen and Robert Finder to support a graduating senior of Hartford’s Sports Sciences Academy who is planning to attend a two or four year college. Mrs. Finder was one of the founders, and first principal, of this Connecticut magnet school.
Carolyn Fisher Scholarship
Transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School to provide assistance in administering this award to a senior planning to attend college who is interested in pursuing a career in education.
William E. Furniss, M.D. and Doris I. Furniss Scholarship
Established in February 2004 by Mrs. Furniss to support graduates from the Bristol public school system interested in pursuing further education in the field of science, preferably in the earth sciences, geology or other related areas.
Andrew and Murielle Giacomini Scholarship
Established by the family and friends of Murielle Giacomini following her passing in 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. The fund was renamed in 2009 in memory of Murielle’s husband. The scholarship will support female graduates of Central High in need of help to further their education. Special consideration will be given to female athletes who have played softball during their years at Central.
Azilda Hebert Music Scholarship
Established in 2000 as a bequest from retired Bristol teacher Azilda Hebert and a generous donation from retired teachers Louis and Louise DiMeo to assist two students per year, one from each public high school in Bristol, who wish to pursue post-secondary music education.
Grace & Norma Joy Scholarship Fund
Grace and Norma Joy’s nieces, Eileen Moylan, Lorry Belanger, and Donna Ricci wanted to honor the memory of two women who would have excelled in college if given the opportunity. Both Grace and Norma were lifelong residents of Bristol. Grace was an outstanding financial manager who utilized those skills for over 45 years at Marlin Rockwell of Plainville. Upon her retirement, she brought her remarkable accounting talents to the TRW Credit Union in Plainville. Norma, an administrative assistant to Arthur Russell, helped him as he established a successful Bristol engineering company that still bears his name today. Both sisters had a high regard for education and volunteered as mentors in the Bristol school system representing exceptional role models of independence and strength. This fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern High Schools.
John Kalinoski Scholarship Fund
Transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School to assist in the administration of this award to a graduating senior who is in financial need and is interested in post-secondary education at a two or four-year school.
Keating-Monaghan Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2008 from the estate of Mark J. Keating, this permanent scholarship fund will benefit students attending St. Joseph School in Bristol. Mr. Keating, who, in his will, established the scholarship fund was a proud alumnus of St. Joseph School who valued the benefit of his education obtained at the now 106-year old Catholic elementary school. Mark was devoted to his family and community. He was an unassuming man who left a legacy that encourages faith, family and community service for deserving youth for years to come.
The Lena M. and Peter L. Korotie Scholarship Fund
Established in 1997 by former local residents Peter and Lena Korotie to do something special to help children in Bristol. The award is given to students who are attending or will attend St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Vincent T. Kozyrski Scholarship Fund
This permanent scholarship fund, established by the Fletcher-Terry Company, will award one scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in the field of engineering. The scholarship was named after Vincent “Vin” T. Kozyrski a long-time employee whose expertise in mechanical engineering has led to the awarding of more than thirty patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
Sean Landry Memorial Basketball Scholarship
Established in 2007 by the Landry family to honor the memory of Sean Landry, who died in a tragic automobile accident. This scholarship fund will benefit current and past graduates of Terryville High School (THS) who were members of the THS basketball team and exemplify what it means to be a team player and a part of the Terryville community.
Doris Lazorik Memorial Scholarship
Established by friends and family as a loving tribute to Mrs. Lazorik in 1980 following her death; transferred to Main Street Community Foundation in 1997. This fund is open to high school seniors from any of the three Bristol high schools to assist them with first year college expenses.
Leger Initiative For Education (L.I.F.E.)
Created by the Leger family as a scholarship fund to assist Bristol women returning to higher education at least ten years after graduating from high school. The family wished to support the special challenges faced by women in the workplace while helping them to make a better life for themselves and their children.
Dave Lepore Journalism Scholarship
Established by the friends and family of Dave Lepore to honor his life, work and community commitment after Dave’s passing in 2003. The scholarship will support a high school senior from the greater Bristol area who wishes to pursue a career in journalism.
Thérèse MacCallum “Great Kid” Scholarship Fund
Created by the family and friends of former Southington resident Thérèse MacCallum to honor her wish to support well-rounded Southington High School seniors who would like to pursue post-secondary education.
Nicholas P. Maglio ACE Fund
Established in 2011 by Nicholas and Shari-Lyn Maglio in memory of Nicholas P. Maglio, a devoted father and Bristol Public School teacher. The ACE Fund – “A Chance for Education” – will provide financial assistance to graduating seniors attending Bristol Eastern High School in pursuit of a post-secondary education at a two or four year college or university.
Main Street Community Foundation Scholarship Fund
Set up by the Main Street Community Foundation Board of Directors in 1997 as a combined scholarship fund to accept gifts from donors interested in pooling their money for scholarship purposes. The first gift to this fund came from the estate of Lucrezia Lena.
Malerbo Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established through a bequest from the estate of Harold L. Malerbo to provide scholarships for Bristol students attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Medical Scholarship
Established in 2007 by Elizabeth I. Matt, a retired nurse, to assist students who need financial assistance to pursue education in the medical field. Mrs. Matt is most interested in support to students who have shown academic commitment as well as a true interest and passion for some area of the clinical medical profession.
Robert E. & Angeline McCormack Scholarship
Established by Mrs. McCormack as part of her late husband’s wishes to support students graduating from Southington High School who have been active members of the Southington Kiwanis Key Club. This award will assist these students in furthering their post secondary education.
The McMaster-Moulthrop Scholarship Fund
Transferred to the Community Foundation in 1999, this scholarship fund established by the late Blanch McMaster provides assistance for graduates of Bristol Central High School who are pursuing post-secondary education.
Ken Micloskey/Dorothy Ives Award
These awards were established by retired teacher Dorothy Ives for two reasons. The first was to honor her late son, Ken, by giving an award to a Terryville High School senior who is a member of the school’s track and/or cross-country team to assist them with further education. The second is to support a high school senior from Terryville or Bristol who would like to pursue a vocation or apprenticeship in one of the following areas: dance/gymnastics, drama/stagecraft, music, or some form of creative writing.
NESMA Scholarship Fund
Established in 2010 by the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association (NESMA) this permanent fund will provide two scholarships annually; one award to a graduating senoior attending high school in Bristol, CT pursuing a degree in engineering and one award to a graduating senior and child of an employee or owner of a NESMA member company in good standing pursuing a degree in engineering or business.
AJR Nocera Memorial Fund
A scholarship fund established in 2007 by the Nocera family to honor the memory of Andrew James “AJ” and David “Junior” Nocera, brothers who both passed away unexpectedly in 2007. Their legacy will continue by supporting others to achieve their academic goals and effect change on the next generation. This scholarship is offered to students in the Foundation’s service area and Farmington who are graduating high school or currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution.
Scott W. Organ Student-Athlete Scholarship
Established by local orthopedic surgeon Scott Organ in 2000 to support student-athletes from single parent families who wish to pursue post-secondary education.
Estelle Delano Peterson Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Peterson’s children in fulfillment of their father’s wish to honor Mrs. Peterson for her many years of community service as Terryville’s public health nurse. This scholarship will be given to a senior from Terryville High School interested in pursuing a career in nursing or a health-care related field.
The Dorothy Dewey Picard Scholarship Fund
Established in 1999 by the family of long-time area music teacher Dorothy Picard to support classical music studies by students and residents in the towns served by the Main Street Community Foundation. Eligibility includes students already enrolled in a music school, individual wishing to take part in special camps or other instructional opportunities outside the regular school curriculum.
Plymouth Community Club Scholarship
Transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School to assist in the administration of this award to a senior going on to college who is in good academic standing and is involved in community and school activities.
The Alice C. Pulsifer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in the mid-1980’s through a bequest from the estate of retired Bristol teacher Alice Pulsifer to assist students of the three Bristol area high schools interested in English or related studies with their first-year expenses in college. Transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 1997.
Max and Ruth Rabin Scholarship Fund
Established in late 2006 with a charitable rollover gift from Ruth Rabin and children Shaye and Paul in recognition of Max Rabin’s contributions to the Bristol Business Community. The fund will provide tuition assistance for Bristol students majoring in business administration.
Radcliff Family Education Fund
Established by Mr. & Mrs. Donald Radcliff to share their belief in the value of education by assisting high school graduates from the towns of Bristol and/or Plainville who are looking to further their education but are in need of financial assistance to do so.
Radcliff Plainville High School Fund
Established in late 2006 with a charitable roll-over gift from retired Bristol businessman Donald Radcliff. The fund will assist male students from the senior class at Plainville High School who need financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education. Mr. Radcliff is most interested in helping the student who has a dream but may need help to achieve it.
Louis J. Rascoe Scholarship
A scholarship established by the family of Louis Rascoe on the occasion of his 2005 retirement from the field of education to support Plymouth/Terryville students entering the field of education – especially those who attended Prospect Street School where Lou was a principal for nineteen years prior to his retirement.
Douglas Roland Aid for the Trades Scholarship Fund
Established in 2009 with a gift from Ralph and Linda Roland of Vermont, formerly of Bristol, in memory of their late son. This scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to applicants entering career training programs to achieve specific occupational goals.
Clement J. Roy Scholarship Fund
Created in 1976 by teachers at Bristol Eastern High School to honor the memory of Clement J. Roy, this fund was transferred to the Community Foundation in 2012. This scholarship will provide assistance to a graduating high school senior from Bristol Eastern High School who has demonstrated high academic achievement as well as participation in the athletic/sports field and is pursing post-secondary education.
St. Matthew School Scholarship Fund
Set up in 2000 to assist families in need with children wishing to attend St. Matthew School in Bristol.
Lawrence (Larry) Selza Memorial Scholarship Fund
This memorial scholarship fund was established by Heidi DellaBianca to honor her late husband’s wish to encourage employees working at Stop & Shop in Unionville, CT to pursue post-secondary education. Eligible applicants may be graduating seniors or students currently enrolled in a post-secondary 2-year, 4-year or technical school.
Glo Sessions Fund for Art Education
Established in 2012 through a bequest from Glo Sessions. This fund provides scholarships to Bristol residents for post-secondary education necessary to pursue an art career.
Southington Observer/Step Saver Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by the management of this area newspaper to give annual awards to Southington residents who wish to pursue post-secondary education.
Jay W. & Elizabeth M. Tyrrell Scholarship Fund
Established in 2011 through a bequest from Elizabeth M. Tyrrell in honor of her husband, Jay W. Tyrrell. This fund provides scholarships to assist individuals from the greater Bristol area in pursuit of higher education in the field of art.
Peggy Ann Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established by members of the Walsh family and transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2011. It will provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors at Bristol Central High School pursuing post secondary education at a four-year college or university.
Kristen Warner Scholarship Fund
Established to honor the memory of Kristen Warner who died in a tragic automobile accident in 2004 at the young age of thirteen. Scholarships are made annually to graduating seniors from Southington High School.
John Whitcomb Scholarship Fund
Established in 2001 by the family of John Whitcomb to honor his dedication to the teaching profession. The scholarship will assist a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School who works to pursue a career in the area of social studies/education.
Yarde Metals Memorial Scholarship Fund
Created by the management and employees of Yarde Metals to benefit the children of employees who wish to pursue some type of post-secondary education, with preference given to children who have lost a parent or have some specific financial need.