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The Winchester Scholarship Foundation:

75 Years of Bringing Dreams to Life!

At The Winchester Scholarship Foundation, we know of no more important investment than those we make in the futures of our young people. We are a voluntary, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, supporting Winchester students in large part by income from 50 endowed scholarship funds, created in honor of Winchester residents and organizations. Since 1945, these funds have helped bridge the ever-increasing gap between the cost of higher education and our neighbors’ ability to pay. We are proof that the collective support of a single community has enormous power to help students achieve their potential and affect change in their world.  

A Closer Look:

JoAnn Roberto Luongo DeNapoli

JoAnn Roberto Luongo DeNapoli lived most of her life in Winchester and was a graduate of Winchester High School. She died in 2015 at the age of 95. Upon her death, the JoAnn DeNapoli Charitable Foundation, Inc. was formed and in 2020, it created an endowed scholarship in her memory. JoAnn’s family were the owners of the Luongo Vegetable Farm which was in operation from approximately 1920 to 2000 at what is now the location of the Willows Condominiums, off Cross Street. According to Attorney Stephen Politi, grandson of the Politi Family of 94 Highland Avenue and President of the DeNapoli Charitable Foundation, JoAnn and her husband, Louis DeNapoli, not blessed with children, had a special interest in benefitting children. Mrs. DeNapoli’s will made specific charitable bequests benefitting hospitals and homes for children, Catholic charities, dog shelter organizations, organizations for veterans and the blind, and other charities.

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JoAnn Roberto Luongo DeNapoli

To Date: $8,937,245…

And Counting!

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