Endowed Funds

The following is a list of our 50 endowed funds, established by substantial gifts to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation (these funds are supplemented by additional gifts):

Herbert Goff


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Laurence Owen


The following entry was found in the 1961 Treasurer’s report from the WSF Annual Meeting. “The WSF received a donation of $2,575 which the high school students gave as a memorial to Laurence Owen, the high school senior – skilled skating champion – who was killed in a plane accident. The money resulted from the sale of tickets to a rugby game.” This donation became the basis for the Laurence Owen Scholarship Fund. On February 15, 1961 tragedy stuck the US Figure Skating Association and the Town of Winchester. On that day, Sabena Airlines Flight 548 crashed while attempting to land in Brussels. The entire 1961 US Figure Skating Team and their coaches, on their way to compete in the World Championship in Prague, died. Among the victims were Maribel Vinson Owen and her two daughters, Maribel and Laurence Owen. Maribel Vinson Owen was a nine-time US Singles Champion and a six-time US Pairs Champion, who participated in the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the 1932 Olympics. Following her skating career she became one of the greatest figure skating coaches ever according to Ed Swift, a senior writer with Sports Illustrated. Her daughter Maribel won a US Pairs Championship and was a Senior at Boston University. Maribel’s younger sister, Laurence, won a US Singles Championship and was a Senior at WHS. Her teachers touted her remarkable writing talent with a particular emphasis on poetry. In 1961 a new elementary school on Johnson Road was named in memory of the Vinson Owen Family.




Patricia Eberle Greene


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Laurel Ingraham Haines


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Leonor Rich


In 1972 a group of parents from the George Washington School created a scholarship fund to honor Dr. Lenore Rich. This fund awarded 12 scholarships to Washington School graduates from the time of Dr. Rich’s retirement to 1985 when the administration of the fund was turned over to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. For 39 years Dr. Rich taught 5th grade at the former Washington School, was an elementary supervisor, and principal of that school from 1946 to her retirement in 1972. Dr. Rich’s life was one of service and dedication. She was loved and respected by those whose lives she touched.




Margaret Hood


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Nikola G. Andon


The Nikola G. Andon Scholarship Fund was created in 1986 by an anonymous donation. Harris Richardson, who at the time was the Chairman of the Winchester Scholarship Fund’s Trustees, arranged the stock sale. Harris continued to orchestrate future sales into the mid-nineties when the Nikola G. Andon Fund reached $131,025. Addition information about Nikola will be greatly appreciated.




Medical School


In 1984 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a $15,000 anonymous donation from a Winchester Hospital physician to establish the Medical School Scholarship Fund. This special fund was particularly important to the WSF because the fund was the first endowed scholarship fund earmarked specifically for graduate medical students. During the period from 1984 to 1991, the WSF received six additional donations from the same doctor, a prominent thoracic surgeon at the Winchester Hospital. Since its creation the fund has been supporting between four and five graduate medical students annually.




Alfred R. and Katherine T. Meurling


The Alfred R. Meurling and Katherine T. Meuring Scholarship Fund was established in 1986. Alfred (Mickey) came to the Winchester School System during the Depression. He spent 40 years as a physical education teacher, 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Coach and junior high Assistant Principal. Physical fitness, unbridled enthusiasm, good clean fun, healthy competition and a real love for his students were the hallmarks of his teaching. Mickey’s love of physical education and coaching helped stimulate enthusiastic support for his spirited intermural program. When Mickey retired he received the Outstanding Service Award. Originally Mickey’s goal was for his scholarship was to support children he had taught.




Antonio L. and Venezia Mezzacappa


In 1989 a donation of $30,000 from Damon Mezzacappa to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation established a scholarship fund in the name of Damon’s parents Antonio L. and Venezia A. Mezzacappa. Damon’s goal on his father’s 90 th birthday was to honor his parents’ lifelong interest and participation in the education of youth. Professor Mezzacappa was born in Italy and grew up in Wakefield. He studied at Amherst College and Harvard University receiving a BS, a MS, and PHD, all from Harvard. Professor
Mazzacappa taught at several institutions including Boston College and Northeastern where he was the Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages for 17 years. Venezia received a Masters Degree in French from Boston University and then taught high school French in Weston and Belmont. Professor and Mrs. Mezzacappa continued to teach and write during retirement and were active at the Jenks Center.

Their son Damon graduated from Winchester High School, Class of 1953. Following graduation from Harvard, Damon began a career in financial services ultimately becoming Vice Chairman of Capital Markets at Lazard Freres and later forming Mezzacappa Capital Markets. He died of lung cancer in 2015 at age 79. Their daughter Felicia Hall, WHS Class of 1951, is a graduate of Tufts University and a recipient of a WSF scholarship. Felicia taught Spanish at WHS and at the McCall Middle School. Felicia and her husband Andrew Hall were longtime residents of Winchester. Andrew was an active officer in the WSF in the Nineties. When Professor and Mrs. Mezzacappa died in 1995, additional gifts of $15,630 and $14,905 were received in their honor. At that time the Mezzacappa Fund was valued at $68,977.




Dr. Donald McLean


Following graduation from Harvard Medical School and residency at Children’s Hospital of Boston, Donald E. McLean and his wife, Jeanne, moved to Winchester where he practiced pediatrics for 40 years. Dr. McLean was affiliated with Winchester Hospital where he was Chief of Pediatrics. Dr. McLean will always be remembered for his close relationships with his patient’s families and children when house calls were the standard. Donald shared 63 happy years with his wife Jeanne. They raised three children in Winchester. In 1989 the Winchester Chamber of Commerce honored Dr. Donald E. McLean as Winchester’s Citizen of the Year. Dr. McLean was honored because of his dedication to Winchester where he has helped many people in his various roles. The ABC House, Winchester Scholarship Foundation, Jenks Senior Center, Mount Vernon House, and The Parish of the Epiphany benefited from Dr. McLean’s dedication of his time and expertise. On the occasion of the Citizen of the Year honor, his friends and patients started a fund to celebrate Dr. McLean’s interest and devotion to the young people of Winchester. In 1990 this effort resulted in gifts of $10,208 to create the Dr. Donald E. McLean Scholarship Fund. . Dr. McLean died in 2008. Additional donations of $3,455 were added to Dr. McLean’s fund which had increased in value to $54,687 at that time.




Michael Wade Rodgers


On May 22, 1988 Allan G. Rodgers and Sandra S. Rodgers established the Michael Wade Rodgers Scholarship Fund. Michael died in an automobile accident at the age of 22. At the time of the accident, Michael was a graduate student studying physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Rochester, New York. The initial donation was followed by many additional donations in Michael’s memory. It is Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers intent that the recipients of Michael’s Fund be interested in studying {a} physics, {b} biology or {c} other physical sciences.




John F. Murphy, Jr. and Mary E. Murphy


On August 12, 1986 David Mortenson of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation and Ed Goodwin of the Winchester Cooperative Bank working closely with John and Mary Murphy created a Deed of Gift to be known as the John F. Murphy, Jr and Mary E. Murphy Scholarship Fund. It was the Murphys wish that the funds be invested in a federally insured account. These funds and an additional donation were deposited in the Winchester Cooperative Bank. The recipients were to be chosen based upon need and character. A further stipulation was the recipient should be from the neighborhood where Mrs. Murphy grew up. Of great significance to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation are the many generous donations starting in 2002 from the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation. This fund is managed by the law offices of Hall and Sullivan. These donations are unrestricted and as a result are expended in the year received and generally support ten student awards each year.




Community Education Group


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Regina Mingolelli Pekoz


In 1989 Guy and Adeline Mingolli, longtime residents of Winchester, established a scholarship fund in the memory of their daughter Regina Mingolelli Pekoz. Besides Mr. and Mrs. Mingolli’s gifts, gifts from Regina’s two brothers, Erol and Kenan, her two sons, Richard and Robert, and her husband Teoman were received to create the scholarship fund with a total value of $18,584. Regina graduated from WHS Class of 1957 and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School Class of 1959. Following her marriage to Teoman, a Cornell University professor, she travelled throughout the world. During a period when Teoman taught in China, Regina led English classes in China. Regina is remembered by family and friends as a happy, creative, skilled, and active person. Regina succumbed to cancer in 1984 at the age of 44.




Elizabeth Naven


On May 27, 1941 the Noonan School Mothers Association established a Trust to be known as the Elizabeth L. Naven Award. Annual gifts from the fund were to be awarded to former Noonan School students graduating from Winchester High School based upon merit (highest scholastic rating}. The Trust was amended in 1956 and 1960. On May 7, 1991, many years after the Noonan had closed, the surviving trustee, Janet Manzie, executed a Deed of Gift to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. The remaining Noonan School funds of $3,225.68 were transferred to the WSF and the Elizabeth L. Naven Scholarship Fund was established.




Karen Lee Butt


On May 1, 1991 Warren D. and Carol A. Butt established the Karen Lee Butt Scholarship Fund in the loving memory of their daughter. Karen Lee graduated from the Mansfield Beauty Academy. Following graduation she began her career at Winchester’s Rolando’s Hair Design Salon where her skill and friendly personality won her the friendship of many clients. Karen Lee had a wonderful flair for her work and her love for her work was a perfect match for her clients and Rolando. Her parents Carol and Warren are WHS Class of 1960 graduates and were instrumental in the establishment of the Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund. Carol and Warren are longtime residents of Winchester and their son David is a graduate of WHS. Karen Lee died in an automobile accident in August 1986. It is the Butt’s wishes that the income from the Karen Lee Butt Scholarship Fund be awarded to students interested in cosmetology, the trades, or nursing.





Dr. Peter M. Mencher


On March 2, 2000 Doctor Peter Mencher died suddenly while jogging. His wife Mary-Jo Adams and his two sons, Samuel and Nicholas, survive Peter. Following family discussions Peter’s sons decided donations in Peter’s memory should become the basis for a scholarship fund administered by the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. Forty-seven donations established the Peter Mencher Scholarship Fund with a beginning value of $10,650. The large outpourings of donations were received from patients, friends, colleagues, the Winchester Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, and The Winchester Hospital, where Peter was a respected and admired member of the Psychiatry Department. The establishment of the Peter Mencher Scholarship Fund was truly a community effort of many varied people and organizations that admired Peter.




Melissa Mason


In August 2011, the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a $183,186.04 check from the Melissa Mason Scholarship Trust Fund. This Fund had been established in 1999 to recognize Melissa’s contributions to many Winchester residents including cleaning houses. Her estate of $1,000 formed the basis for her fund. Five trustees, Edward Goodwin, Edward O’Connell, Barbara O’Connell, John Clark, and Marcia Russell governed the Trust. Fundraising events and community contributions allowed the Fund to grow to more than $183,000 while fulfilling its goal to support Winchester High School college-bound seniors who were economically disadvantaged. Preference was to be given to minority students and women. In 2009 the Melissa Mason Trustees began the process of transferring its assets to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. It had become impractical and uneconomic for the trustees to continue to operate the Melissa Mason Scholarship Fund. This conclusion was developed due to the death of three trustees and the cost of the administration as a separate charitable entity was disproportionate to its size. After approval by the IRS and the Massachusetts Public Charities Division in August 2011, two separate payments were received to consummate the transfer.




WHS Class of 2010


The Winchester High School Class of 2010 was a very unique class from the moment they arrived at WHS in their freshman year. Led by Class President Matt Marrotta and Parent Advisor Cindy DeRosa began raising funds for their Senior Prom and class activities. Fund raising and helping others in Winchester and beyond became a passion for the class. During their senior year the class recruited Captain Richard Phillips of the Mearsh Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Over 400 people attended with the proceeds split between Winchester Hospital and the class’s treasury. WHS Principal Gwin said they gave a great deal back on a local, national and global scale. He also said they showed a greater commitment to service than any other WHS class that he could remember. Following graduation the class established their fund with a donation of $10,000 from moneys remaining in their treasury.




Mary Jean Weylman


In 2016 the Winchester Scholarship received an anonymous donation from a Winchester family in the honor and memory of Mary Jean Weylman. Jeannie Weylman was born in New York in 1935 and moved to Winchester after earning an undergraduate degree in American History from Mount Holyoke College followed by a masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She married Walther “Bud” Weylman in 1960 and began teaching in Concord for a short period before raising four children in Winchester. In Winchester, she always found time to celebrate her many friendships while at the same time serving two terms on the Winchester School Committee. In 1988, Jeannie began a twelve-year teaching career at the Ambrose School in Winchester. She pursued education and teaching with great passion. Jeannie was known for many innovative and enjoyable methods to stimulate her students to enjoy learning. Reading was her passion and it became her student’s passion. Jeannie retired in 2000 and died thirteen years later. The endowed fund was created to recognize Jeannie’s outstanding contributions to the development of her students. She taught fifth grade at Ambrose School from 1988 to 2000. The donors commented, “We are pleased to honor Jeannie’s remarkable commitment toward educating Winchester students. Jeannie made a difference.” Follow-up donations in honor of Mary Jean have allowed Mary Jean’s fund to increase to $104,935.




Charles J. Allen


Charles J. Allen, a longtime Winchester resident, died on January 1, 2011 at the age of 72. Upon his death an endowed scholarship in his memory was created and named The Charles J. Allen, Class of 1956 Winchester High School Scholarship. Charlie was the president and founder of Allen Color Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Charlie served in the US Army in Germany in the late 50s. Charlie’s wishes were that two annual scholarships of $5,000 would be awarded to a male and female. Each of the recipients must have been a Winchester resident for the previous five years and have been a member of at least one varsity athletic team during his or her high school career. Mr. Allen participated in the Winchester Sports programs and was a member of the 1956 undefeated football team. It was his wish that recipient did not have to be the best, but an important teammate to the entire team.




Miriam Reid


The Miriam Reid Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 to honor the memory of Mim Reid, a beloved member of the Winchester Public School System for over thirty years. During her career Mim worked at all levels; as a reading specialist, an English teacher and finally as a staff member in the Special Education Department at Winchester High School. Mim’s special talent was seeing potential in her students and convincing the students that could reach that potential through her personal connection. A group of teachers led by Susan Brooks created this scholarship fund raising $12,123. Teachers, students, and parents contributed to the fund raising with projects such as car washes. The Mim Reid Scholarship will be awarded to a Special Education student recommended by the Special Education Department. The award will recognize students who have faced and overcome challenges and shown exceptional growth, both personal and academic, during their high school years. The WHS’s Special Education teachers will annually recommend candidates for the Mim Reid scholarship.




Bernard and Betty Crowley


On April 6, 2013, Bernard F. Crowley passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Winchester Scholarship Foundation received many donations to honor Bernie and to create the Bette and Bernard Crowley Scholarship Fund. Bette and Bernie were born and raised in Winchester and are graduates of the Winchester High School Class of 1951. Bernie completed his education at Norwich University and remained active with the Norwich Alumni Association. He proudly served in the U. S. Army for several years before beginning a 45-year career in the insurance business as the co-owner of Child-Genovese Insurance Company in Boston. Following graduation, Bette travelled west to Stanford University and graduated in 1955. Bernie and Bette raised five children while living in Reading and later in Melrose. In addition four Crowley grandsons have graduated from Winchester High School. Bette began teaching in the Winchester School System in 1970 and remains a fixture at Winchester High School today where she is a substitute teacher.




WHS Class of 1962


At the Winchester High School Class of 1962 50th Class Reunion the classmates expressed an overwhelming desire to make a gift to represent their deep gratitude for their years at WHS. The Class of 1962 determined that the best why to express their love of Winchester and WHS was through a scholarship gift for future WHS students. Led by Reunion Committee Chair Jim Moran, Judy Yore Fleming, Albie Macdonald, Roger MacNeill, Leslie Sanger French and John Lane, the class was able to raise $10,400 to establish the Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund. It is the class’s hope that the annual award will support a WHS graduate pursuing a career in education or healthcare.




Chester and Muriel Dawes


In 2014 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received an unsolicited gift of $25,000 from the Chester and Muriel Dawes Charitable Foundation. The grant from the trustee, The Cambridge Trust, was given to create a scholarship fund, named the Chester and Muriel Dawes Scholarship Fund, restricted to college students pursuing degrees in engineering or healthcare. Chester and Muriel were long-time residents of Winchester. Muriel was born, raised, and educated in Ontario, Canada. Following graduation from the University of Western Ontario, she migrated south to the Boston area. She became a secretary in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University where she met her future husband, Chester. During Muriel’s retirement she volunteered in Winchester, regularly at Winchester Hospital every Friday.
Chester graduated from MIT in 1909 and later received a doctorate from Northeastern. He began his teaching career at MIT and moved to Harvard University in1911. He became an associate professor at Harvard and held that position until retiring in 1953. Chester was best known as an author of textbooks on electricity and as an inventor. His books can be found on the Internet today despite being published one hundred years ago. During World
War I he taught electronics at the Naval Academy. When World War II began, he became head of a Harvard program to instruct servicemen in electronics. Following retirement, Chester became a director and consultant for Doble Engineering. Chester died at age 90 in 1977. Muriel died at age 98 in 2011.




Robert and Elizabeth Gardner


In July 1974 Elizabeth Lois Leland Gardner created a trust in which one third of her trust’s annual income would be used for student scholarships to be distributed to Winchester High School students upon her death. In 2009 Elizabeth died and the trust began generating income to Winchester High School. This created a problem for WHS and Winchester in that there was no structure to analyze and distribute scholarships at WHS. Working with the School Committee the WSF was able to modify the trust document to allow the WSF to use its organization to analyze applications and award scholarships from the Gardner funds. Bank of America manages the Gardner Trust and distributes its income to the WSF. Between the time of Mrs. Gardner’s death and the settlement of her estate, multiple income checks were received by the Winchester Town Treasurer. Upon the completion of the modification of the trust, funds of $144,317.75 were deposited in the WFS treasury. These funds became the basis for a separate endowed fund named the Robert Ellsworth Gardner and Elizabeth Lois Leland Gardner Scholarship Fund created and managed by the WSF. The Gardner Funds now contribute to our annual scholarships from income distributed quarterly by the Bank of America and from the scholarship fund managed by the WSF trustees.




Grace Raneri


On March 9, 2016 Grace Raneri died at age 89. Under the terms of Grace’s estate, she requested that her executor, her sister Jean, distribute 10% of her estate to charity. The WSF was one of the charities chosen by Jean and the Grace Raneri Scholarship Fund was established. In 1948 Grace and Jean Raneri along with their mother immigrated to the United States from Italy. Their father had previously immigrated to the United States settling in Belmont. With the family reunited Grace and Jean began working in the Boston garment industry as seamstresses to support the family in addition to attending night school to learn English. After a few years of working in factory settings, Grace and Jean were motivated to better their lives and achieve more. While still working their full time jobs as seamstresses, both sisters enrolled in the Kree Institute of Electrologists of New York City. After completing their certification and license requirements in Electrolysis, they started working for the Kree Electrolysis salon located in Filenes in Boston. In the late sixties, Grace and Jean started their own electrolysis business on Winter Street in Boston. In 1979 Grace and Jean purchased a home in Winchester, where Jean continues to reside. They both retired from their successful business in the early nineties. Grace had aspired to be a teacher, but due to World War II was not able to complete high school or further her education. Her wishes for her scholarship fund were to focus on special education students of Winchester High School being accepted to college and for Winchester High students pursuing an Education degree with a concentration in Special Education teaching or administration.




Kyra Koman


In 2017 the Kyra Koman Creativity and Kindness Scholarship Fund was created by donations from 104 friends to honor Kyra Koman, an extraordinarily gifted music student at Winchester High School. Kyra, Class of 2015, was a talented and vibrant member of the WHS Music Program, specifically as a singer. She thrived on the stage because of her angelic singing. Kyra was also an integral member of the WHS Volleyball Team and would sing the National Anthem before volleyball games. During the summer a volleyball fundraiser raised $1,275, which was added to Kyra’s Scholarship Fund. A committee composed of three members of the WHS Staff, Joel Buford, John Fleming, and Kristen Woodlam, will nominate a candidate for Kyra’s scholarship each year. The award is to support the continued development of students pursuing interests in the artistic and creative field, such as music, film, theater, photography or creative writing,




The Campbell Family


In October 2001 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received the following letter from a scholarship recipient, Scott Campbell: “Thank you for my very generous scholarship. Your financial award has made it possible for me to become a member of the Syracuse University community. My experience here has been fabulous. I am excelling in my classes as a student in the School of Management. I am taking full advantage of on-campus clubs and some intramural sports. I have met some wonderful people and I am just having the time of my life. Your support has made this all possible for me. I truly appreciate the opportunity the Foundation gave me, and I would just like to thank you again.” On June 16, 2016, the WSF received an unexpected surprise in the mail. We received a $25,000 donation from the same WSF scholarship recipient who had written the thank you letter fifteen years earlier. The letter expressed gratitude to the WSF for investing in him as well as his desire to invest the money that was awarded to him back into the WSF to support future generations of WSF scholarship recipients. As a result, the WSF created The Campbell Family Scholarship Fund.




Winchester Friends of Art, Inc


In 2020 a gift of $10,750 from the Friends of Art organization created the Winchester Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. The Friends of Art was incorporated in 2000 with assistance of Winchester High School Art Director David Ardido. The organization was created to encourage excellence in and an appreciation of art among the residents of Winchester, to promote active participation in art, and to recognize achievement in art. During the recent years interest waned. The group disbanded and turned over its Treasury to the WSF to be used toward the support of the recipient’s further art education.




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 at 94 Highland Avenue, Winchester 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.




Katherine H. Hood


On April 28, 2006 Katherine B. Hood passed away, predeceased by her husband Harry P. Hood. Katherine lived her entire life in Winchester attending the Wyman School and Winchester High School when it was located on the site of today’s McCall Middle School. She and Harry raised four children in Winchester. She was an active member of the Winchester community contributing her time to the Winchester Library, The Jenks Center, and the First Congregational Church. For many years she donated regularly to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation and the Winchester Sports Foundation. Reflecting her love of Winchester, the WSF received a generous contribution from her estate to create the Katherine B. Hood Scholarship Foundation.





Dr. Peter M. Mencher


On March 2, 2000 Doctor Peter Mencher died suddenly while jogging. His wife Mary-Jo Adams and his two sons, Samuel and Nicholas, survive Peter. Following family discussions Peter’s sons decided donations in Peter’s memory should become the basis for a scholarship fund administered by the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. Forty-seven donations established the Peter Mencher Scholarship Fund with a beginning value of $10,650. The large outpourings of donations were received from patients, friends, colleagues, the Winchester Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, and The Winchester Hospital, where Peter was a respected and admired member of the Psychiatry Department. The establishment of the Peter Mencher Scholarship Fund was truly a community effort of many varied people and organizations that admired Peter.




Melissa Mason


In August 2011, the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a $183,186.04 check from the Melissa Mason Scholarship Trust Fund. This Fund had been established in 1999 to recognize Melissa’s contributions to many Winchester residents including cleaning houses. Her estate of $1,000 formed the basis for her fund. Five trustees, Edward Goodwin, Edward O’Connell, Barbara O’Connell, John Clark, and Marcia Russell governed the Trust. Fundraising events and community contributions allowed the Fund to grow to more than $183,000 while fulfilling its goal to support Winchester High School college-bound seniors who were economically disadvantaged. Preference was to be given to minority students and women. In 2009 the Melissa Mason Trustees began the process of transferring its assets to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. It had become impractical and uneconomic for the trustees to continue to operate the Melissa Mason Scholarship Fund. This conclusion was developed due to the death of three trustees and the cost of the administration as a separate charitable entity was disproportionate to its size. After approval by the IRS and the Massachusetts Public Charities Division in August 2011, two separate payments were received to consummate the transfer.




WHS Class of 2010


The Winchester High School Class of 2010 was a very unique class from the moment they arrived at WHS in their freshman year. Led by Class President Matt Marrotta and Parent Advisor Cindy DeRosa began raising funds for their Senior Prom and class activities. Fund raising and helping others in Winchester and beyond became a passion for the class. During their senior year the class recruited Captain Richard Phillips of the Mearsh Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Over 400 people attended with the proceeds split between Winchester Hospital and the class’s treasury. WHS Principal Gwin said they gave a great deal back on a local, national and global scale. He also said they showed a greater commitment to service than any other WHS class that he could remember. Following graduation the class established their fund with a donation of $10,000 from moneys remaining in their treasury.




Mary Jean Weylman


In 2016 the Winchester Scholarship received an anonymous donation from a Winchester family in the honor and memory of Mary Jean Weylman. Jeannie Weylman was born in New York in 1935 and moved to Winchester after earning an undergraduate degree in American History from Mount Holyoke College followed by a masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She married Walther “Bud” Weylman in 1960 and began teaching in Concord for a short period before raising four children in Winchester. In Winchester, she always found time to celebrate her many friendships while at the same time serving two terms on the Winchester School Committee. In 1988, Jeannie began a twelve-year teaching career at the Ambrose School in Winchester. She pursued education and teaching with great passion. Jeannie was known for many innovative and enjoyable methods to stimulate her students to enjoy learning. Reading was her passion and it became her student’s passion. Jeannie retired in 2000 and died thirteen years later. The endowed fund was created to recognize Jeannie’s outstanding contributions to the development of her students. She taught fifth grade at Ambrose School from 1988 to 2000. The donors commented, “We are pleased to honor Jeannie’s remarkable commitment toward educating Winchester students. Jeannie made a difference.” Follow-up donations in honor of Mary Jean have allowed Mary Jean’s fund to increase to $104,935.




Charles J. Allen


Charles J. Allen, a longtime Winchester resident, died on January 1, 2011 at the age of 72. Upon his death an endowed scholarship in his memory was created and named The Charles J. Allen, Class of 1956 Winchester High School Scholarship. Charlie was the president and founder of Allen Color Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Charlie served in the US Army in Germany in the late 50s. Charlie’s wishes were that two annual scholarships of $5,000 would be awarded to a male and female. Each of the recipients must have been a Winchester resident for the previous five years and have been a member of at least one varsity athletic team during his or her high school career. Mr. Allen participated in the Winchester Sports programs and was a member of the 1956 undefeated football team. It was his wish that recipient did not have to be the best, but an important teammate to the entire team.




Miriam Reid


The Miriam Reid Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 to honor the memory of Mim Reid, a beloved member of the Winchester Public School System for over thirty years. During her career Mim worked at all levels; as a reading specialist, an English teacher and finally as a staff member in the Special Education Department at Winchester High School. Mim’s special talent was seeing potential in her students and convincing the students that could reach that potential through her personal connection. A group of teachers led by Susan Brooks created this scholarship fund raising $12,123. Teachers, students, and parents contributed to the fund raising with projects such as car washes. The Mim Reid Scholarship will be awarded to a Special Education student recommended by the Special Education Department. The award will recognize students who have faced and overcome challenges and shown exceptional growth, both personal and academic, during their high school years. The WHS’s Special Education teachers will annually recommend candidates for the Mim Reid scholarship.




Bernard and Betty Crowley


On April 6, 2013, Bernard F. Crowley passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Winchester Scholarship Foundation received many donations to honor Bernie and to create the Bette and Bernard Crowley Scholarship Fund. Bette and Bernie were born and raised in Winchester and are graduates of the Winchester High School Class of 1951. Bernie completed his education at Norwich University and remained active with the Norwich Alumni Association. He proudly served in the U. S. Army for several years before beginning a 45-year career in the insurance business as the co-owner of Child-Genovese Insurance Company in Boston. Following graduation, Bette travelled west to Stanford University and graduated in 1955. Bernie and Bette raised five children while living in Reading and later in Melrose. In addition four Crowley grandsons have graduated from Winchester High School. Bette began teaching in the Winchester School System in 1970 and remains a fixture at Winchester High School today where she is a substitute teacher.




WHS Class of 1962


At the Winchester High School Class of 1962 50th Class Reunion the classmates expressed an overwhelming desire to make a gift to represent their deep gratitude for their years at WHS. The Class of 1962 determined that the best why to express their love of Winchester and WHS was through a scholarship gift for future WHS students. Led by Reunion Committee Chair Jim Moran, Judy Yore Fleming, Albie Macdonald, Roger MacNeill, Leslie Sanger French and John Lane, the class was able to raise $10,400 to establish the Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund. It is the class’s hope that the annual award will support a WHS graduate pursuing a career in education or healthcare.




Chester and Muriel Dawes


In 2014 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received an unsolicited gift of $25,000 from the Chester and Muriel Dawes Charitable Foundation. The grant from the trustee, The Cambridge Trust, was given to create a scholarship fund, named the Chester and Muriel Dawes Scholarship Fund, restricted to college students pursuing degrees in engineering or healthcare. Chester and Muriel were long-time residents of Winchester. Muriel was born, raised, and educated in Ontario, Canada. Following graduation from the University of Western Ontario, she migrated south to the Boston area. She became a secretary in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University where she met her future husband, Chester. During Muriel’s retirement she volunteered in Winchester, regularly at Winchester Hospital every Friday.
Chester graduated from MIT in 1909 and later received a doctorate from Northeastern. He began his teaching career at MIT and moved to Harvard University in1911. He became an associate professor at Harvard and held that position until retiring in 1953. Chester was best known as an author of textbooks on electricity and as an inventor. His books can be found on the Internet today despite being published one hundred years ago. During World
War I he taught electronics at the Naval Academy. When World War II began, he became head of a Harvard program to instruct servicemen in electronics. Following retirement, Chester became a director and consultant for Doble Engineering. Chester died at age 90 in 1977. Muriel died at age 98 in 2011.




Robert and Elizabeth Gardner


In July 1974 Elizabeth Lois Leland Gardner created a trust in which one third of her trust’s annual income would be used for student scholarships to be distributed to Winchester High School students upon her death. In 2009 Elizabeth died and the trust began generating income to Winchester High School. This created a problem for WHS and Winchester in that there was no structure to analyze and distribute scholarships at WHS. Working with the School Committee the WSF was able to modify the trust document to allow the WSF to use its organization to analyze applications and award scholarships from the Gardner funds. Bank of America manages the Gardner Trust and distributes its income to the WSF. Between the time of Mrs. Gardner’s death and the settlement of her estate, multiple income checks were received by the Winchester Town Treasurer. Upon the completion of the modification of the trust, funds of $144,317.75 were deposited in the WFS treasury. These funds became the basis for a separate endowed fund named the Robert Ellsworth Gardner and Elizabeth Lois Leland Gardner Scholarship Fund created and managed by the WSF. The Gardner Funds now contribute to our annual scholarships from income distributed quarterly by the Bank of America and from the scholarship fund managed by the WSF trustees.




Grace Raneri


On March 9, 2016 Grace Raneri died at age 89. Under the terms of Grace’s estate, she requested that her executor, her sister Jean, distribute 10% of her estate to charity. The WSF was one of the charities chosen by Jean and the Grace Raneri Scholarship Fund was established. In 1948 Grace and Jean Raneri along with their mother immigrated to the United States from Italy. Their father had previously immigrated to the United States settling in Belmont. With the family reunited Grace and Jean began working in the Boston garment industry as seamstresses to support the family in addition to attending night school to learn English. After a few years of working in factory settings, Grace and Jean were motivated to better their lives and achieve more. While still working their full time jobs as seamstresses, both sisters enrolled in the Kree Institute of Electrologists of New York City. After completing their certification and license requirements in Electrolysis, they started working for the Kree Electrolysis salon located in Filenes in Boston. In the late sixties, Grace and Jean started their own electrolysis business on Winter Street in Boston. In 1979 Grace and Jean purchased a home in Winchester, where Jean continues to reside. They both retired from their successful business in the early nineties. Grace had aspired to be a teacher, but due to World War II was not able to complete high school or further her education. Her wishes for her scholarship fund were to focus on special education students of Winchester High School being accepted to college and for Winchester High students pursuing an Education degree with a concentration in Special Education teaching or administration.




Kyra Koman


In 2017 the Kyra Koman Creativity and Kindness Scholarship Fund was created by donations from 104 friends to honor Kyra Koman, an extraordinarily gifted music student at Winchester High School. Kyra, Class of 2015, was a talented and vibrant member of the WHS Music Program, specifically as a singer. She thrived on the stage because of her angelic singing. Kyra was also an integral member of the WHS Volleyball Team and would sing the National Anthem before volleyball games. During the summer a volleyball fundraiser raised $1,275, which was added to Kyra’s Scholarship Fund. A committee composed of three members of the WHS Staff, Joel Buford, John Fleming, and Kristen Woodlam, will nominate a candidate for Kyra’s scholarship each year. The award is to support the continued development of students pursuing interests in the artistic and creative field, such as music, film, theater, photography or creative writing,




The Campbell Family


In October 2001 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received the following letter from a scholarship recipient, Scott Campbell: “Thank you for my very generous scholarship. Your financial award has made it possible for me to become a member of the Syracuse University community. My experience here has been fabulous. I am excelling in my classes as a student in the School of Management. I am taking full advantage of on-campus clubs and some intramural sports. I have met some wonderful people and I am just having the time of my life. Your support has made this all possible for me. I truly appreciate the opportunity the Foundation gave me, and I would just like to thank you again.” On June 16, 2016, the WSF received an unexpected surprise in the mail. We received a $25,000 donation from the same WSF scholarship recipient who had written the thank you letter fifteen years earlier. The letter expressed gratitude to the WSF for investing in him as well as his desire to invest the money that was awarded to him back into the WSF to support future generations of WSF scholarship recipients. As a result, the WSF created The Campbell Family Scholarship Fund.




Winchester Friends of Art, Inc


In 2020 a gift of $10,750 from the Friends of Art organization created the Winchester Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. The Friends of Art was incorporated in 2000 with assistance of Winchester High School Art Director David Ardido. The organization was created to encourage excellence in and an appreciation of art among the residents of Winchester, to promote active participation in art, and to recognize achievement in art. During the recent years interest waned. The group disbanded and turned over its Treasury to the WSF to be used toward the support of the recipient’s further art education.




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 at 94 Highland Avenue, Winchester 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.




Katherine H. Hood


On April 28, 2006 Katherine B. Hood passed away, predeceased by her husband Harry P. Hood. Katherine lived her entire life in Winchester attending the Wyman School and Winchester High School when it was located on the site of today’s McCall Middle School. She and Harry raised four children in Winchester. She was an active member of the Winchester community contributing her time to the Winchester Library, The Jenks Center, and the First Congregational Church. For many years she donated regularly to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation and the Winchester Sports Foundation. Reflecting her love of Winchester, the WSF received a generous contribution from her estate to create the Katherine B. Hood Scholarship Foundation.