The Atkinson Scholarship Program Guidelines

Erin's Graduation for Wayzata High

 Investing in the potential of young people

Congratulations to the 2017 Atkinson Scholarship recipients: Meredith Ackley, Sammi Chen, Megan Chunias, Rebecca Cohen, Neandra Fernandes, Joseph Gilberto, Stephen Kurtz, Daniel Parangi, Jack Parker, Deven Pathak, Melody Phu, Mahek Ramani, Brenna Sherrer, Emma Silva and Olivia Silva.

The 2018 Atkinson Scholarship Program application is now available. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2018.

The Atkinson Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to recognize local high school seniors with financial need, academic promise and the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to society.

The program is named for Sudbury Foundation founders Herbert and Esther Atkinson who believed strongly in giving back to the community and were particularly interested in supporting the town’s young people.

Program Eligibility

The program offers eligible students a maximum of $5,000 per year in scholarships assistance for approved post-secondary vocational training. Scholarship recipients may reapply for the Atkinson Scholarship annually during their undergraduate education. Subsequent awards are based on appropriate academic performance and continued financial need.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating high school senior who is:

  • A Sudbury resident or the dependent of a Sudbury resident; or
  • Enrolled at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LS): or
  • The dependent of a full-time Town of Sudbury or Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School employee.

Candidates must first meet a certain threshold of financial need. (For  information on determining financial need, see below.) Applicants are then selected based on past academic performance and future potential as well as the desire and ability to contribute to society through community service, the advancement of a field of interest, or the sharing of a skill or talent. Course grades, standardized test scores, involvement in school and community activities, work experience, letters of recommendation, and a written essay will be considered in the recipient selection process. Semi-finalists are invited for a personal interview. Up to 15 new awards are made each year.


Click here for Atkinson Scholarship Program Application.

Click here for Atkinson Scholarship FAQs.

Click here to learn more about how we look at Financial Need.

Click here to learn more about scholarship “substitution.”


Scholarship Resources

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