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.





Henry F. Quill


The Henry F. Quill Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 with a gift of $12,601.94. A committee composed of six Winchester residents, Catherine Alexander, William Caci, Mary McCue, Judith Muggia, Samuel Rotondi, and Sherman Saltmarsh led the community fundraising. The committee’s goal was to recognize a great family man and distinguished contributor to our community through many boards and committees. Among Henry’s community activities were President of both the Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce as well as a founder of the Winchester Sports Foundation Award. Henry was a WHS Class of 1956 graduate and a guard on the ’55 undefeated football team. Henry’s award will go to a WHS graduate who has earned a varsity letter on one or more varsity teams and demonstrated good sportsmanship and good citizenship consistent with a team player.




The Fortnightly


In 1994 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a $10,000 check from The Fortnightly to create a scholarship fund in their name. In 1881 a small group of ladies organized to better serve the interests of Winchester. In 1890 The Fortnightly became a charter member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Massachusetts. In the early years, the group pioneered the organization of other groups such as the District Nursing Program, The Evening School for Adults, and the Home for the Aged. They also volunteered their services during World War I and World War II at veterans hospitals and with the Red Cross. When The Fortnightly created their scholarship through the WSF, they also presented a similar gift to Hospice Care of Winchester.




ENKA Society, Inc


In 1995 a contribution from the ENKA Society Inc. created the ENKA Society Inc. Scholarship Fund. The ENKA award helped the Winchester Scholarship Foundation celebrate its 50th anniversary which coincided with ENKA’s 60th anniversary. Prior to the establishment of the fund ENKA had been supporting the WSF since its inception and is the organization with the most longevity supporting the WSF. Following the establishment of the ENKA Fund, Bob Crockett, the WSF Treasurer, and Mary Ann Crockett, ENKA President, studied previous ENKA donations and transferred from the unrestricted WSF funds to the permanent ENKA Fund an amount they felt represented previous gifts. ENKA’s 50 generous bequests cemented the long-term association between the two Winchester institutions.




Winchester Savings Bank


On April 24, 1985 the Winchester Savings Bank donated $5,000 to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation to establish the Winchester Savings Bank Scholarship Fund. The Fund was created to honor Winchester citizens who had served the Winchester Savings Bank as trustees and had made meaningful contributions to the bank’s governance. The first honoree was William J. Speers, a respected Boston lawyer, who contributed a significant amount of his time to the Winchester Community, the Winchester Savings Bank, and the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. Another important Winchester Savings Bank trustee was Austin Broadhurst, another respected Boston lawyer, who served on the Bank’s Board and was a WSF President among his many community endeavors. The WSB has continued to make donations to the WSB Scholarship Fund to recognize Winchester residents who have made important contributions to the governance of the Bank. Today the Winchester Savings Bank Scholarship Fund is invested in a WSB certificate and is valued at $22,000.




Patrick J. McDonough, Jr.


A scholarship fund in the name of Patrick J, McDonough Jr. was established in 1995 by $10,000 in gifts from Pat’s widow, Lorraine, Pat’s family, and friends. Patrick was a man who never made headlines, but was a working class hero very concerned about the welfare of friends and colleagues. His second family was the children who passed through the doors of the Vinson-Owen School during his 33 year tenure as the school’s custodian. He was a kind and sympathetic man when a kid was having a bad time. A tree was planted at Vinson-Owen by the students in the memory of the man they loved and trusted.




Lewis B. Thompson, Jr


In 1999, following the death of Lewis Thompson, the Thompson Family, wife Sandy and children Andrew and Deborah, in concert with Lew’s company, Vacuum Barrier Corp. of Woburn, established the Lewis B. Thompson, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Winchester residents Thornton Stearns and Lew cofounded Vacuum Barrier in 1959. “Thorny” Stearns was an engineering graduate at MIT and Lew was an engineering graduate at Princeton University where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Lew had a special affinity for the WSF among his community activities. In 1991 he chaired the Scholarship Committee. That year WSF awarded $146,000 to 55 students. In 1999 with the establishment of Lew’s Scholarship Fund, Vacuum Barrier committed to donating $1,000 annually to Lew’s fund and since then has made 21 donations, increasing the scholarship fund’s value to $42,831 as of 2021.




Winchester Art Association


The Winchester Art Association’s donation of $38,800 highlighted the WSF’s last telethon in 1999 and the WSF’s 54th year. The WAA was founded in 1932 by a group of local artists and patrons of the arts. During the its first sixty years the WAA held monthly meetings, displayed its art in the Winchester Library exhibits, and had a membership that exceeded 200 members. Exhibits of art from many Boston museums were popular. High schools students exhibited their art annually. One of the WAA’s most popular programs was the picture lending program, which supported annual donations to the WSF. After 65 years during the Library renovation interest waned and the Board of Directors stepped down. In the late Nineties a group composed of past and present Board members voted to donate the WAA funds to the WSF to support a WHS graduate studying the visual arts. Christine Loomis and Sandy Richardson presented the check of $38,800 during the Telethon.




William Parkman Lodge


On May 9, 2000 the William Parkman Masonic Lodge of Winchester created a scholarship fund with a gift of $10,000. The William Parkman Lodge ia a fraternity of men seeking to improve themselves through assisting the needy, an orphan or someone in distress.. The members of the Lodge meet monthly and conduct charitable operations principally directed towards the benefit of Winchester children. Winchester residents such as Gerald O’Grady, Paul Gleason, and Hal Richardson were instrumental in recommending their unrestricted gift. The Parkman Lodge supports Burn Institutes, Shriners Hospitals and Orthopedic Hospitals offering free care to children.




Clara C. Bavuso


Clara C. Bavuso died on May 17, 2009 at age 87. She resided in Winchester with her husband Joseph in excess of 60 years. Clara and Joseph, who worked for the Winchester Water Department, lived on Cross Street. Clara volunteered with many town and church organizations mostly focused on children’s issues. Starting in her teen years Clara worked on the assembly line at National Radio in Malden. After retiring she often met with friends at Nelson’s Bakery, which she thought of as a second home. Clara always wanted to make a contribution to the young people of Winchester. She did not have the benefit of a formal education having gone to work at a young age. When her husband died her finances were difficult. Her wishes were that the money from her estate would be left to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation to help with student’s education, especially females. Upon her death her home on Cross Street was sold and the net proceeds were used to fund her endowed fund.




Harry E. Chafalo


Harry E. Chafalo was a well-known and highly respected Winchester resident. Harry was known to some as “Mr. Winchester.” Harry began serving Winchester in 1947 when he became a Town Meeting member. From that point he served on nearly every Winchester board or committee including two terms as a Winchester Selectman. He was President of the Rotary and Rotarian of the Year three times. In 1987 Harry was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as the “Citizen of the Year.” Harry was a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology. After graduation he established and ran a successful plumbing business for 50 years. Harry also received an honorary degree from Wentworth. Harry was 94 years old when died in 2001. At that time he was survived by his wife Betty and two daughters Marilyn Preston and Alice Perkins and four grandchildren. A huge number of contributions were received by the WSF in Harry’s Honor. A scholarship to be known as the Harry E. Chafalo Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with a donations of $10,000. The fund will support an annual award to a WHS student attending Wentworth. Since 2002 additional gifts increased the Chafalo Fund to $37,963.




The Pistorino Family


Edith and Leo Pistorino established the Leo and Edith Pistorino Charitable Remainder Unitrust during their lifetime. Under the terms of the Trust, a unitrust interest was payable to them until the death of the survivor. At that time the remaining property became distributable to the charitable beneficiaries listed in the will on file. Leo died in 1998 and Edith died in 2002. As a result of having no children, their entire estate was distributed to charity. The Pistorinos were longtime residents of Winchester. They worked closely with Bob Willing to assist with the distributions. The Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a 5% distribution to establish the Pistorino Family Scholarship Fund.




WHS Class of 1960


In 2000 at the Winchester High School Class of 1960 40th Reunion, the Reunion Committee announced that they would like to start a WHS Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund. The fund will be for students who plan to enter the field of education. The goal of this award was to honor their WHS teachers who had abeen instrumental in each of their life’s journeys. At the reunion dinner on Saturday night the purpose and intent was presented to those in attendance with the goal of raising $10,000. The response was overwhelming and the fund was established by a gift of $15,000. Class leaders President Paul DelRossi and McCall Principal Vandy French continued these efforts raising an additional $5,000 at the class’s 45th Reunion. Another donation of $10,000 was raised at the Class’s 50th Reunion. And an additional $4,000 was donated in 2015 at the 55th Reunion. This fund has supported students pursuing a careers in education for the past twenty years. The Class of 1960’s example has been followed by the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2010.




Sandra Sheppard Rodgers


The Sandra Sheppard Rodgers Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 following Sandy’s passing. The Fund was created to recognize Sandy’s lifelong contributions to the Town of Winchester and the WSF. Sandy’s passion as a landscape designer is evident in many permanent local landmarks such as the Town Common, Winchester Public Library grounds and numerous town parks. Sandy led campaigns for the planting and maintenance of Winchester’s rotaries and roadway islands. She designed and funded the island on the Aberjona River, which is known as “Sandy’s Island.” Sandy was very active in town government having served for 6 years on the Winchester School Committee and 25 years on the Design Review Committee. She served the Griffin Center for Photographic Art, ENKA Society, and the Board of Overseers of the MFA in Boston. Sandy became the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2003. The same year the Winchester Rotary Club awarded her its Distinguished Service Award.




James Stowell Duffy


On May 1, 2002 when Shirley Stowell Duffy died, she requested in a written “wish list” that a scholarship fund be established in the memory of her son James Stowell Duffy. James was a member of the Winchester High School Class of 1980 and a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst when he died in a boating accident. In October 2002 a donation of $20,000 from Shirley’s husband and James’s father Richard L. Duffy established the James Stowell Duffy Scholarship Fund. Following the creation of James’s Fund, Richard Duffy made regular donations to the Fund until his death in 2012. As part of Richard’s “wish list,” his estate added a donation of $50,000 to James’s fund. The Duffy family were longtime Winchester residents and the Winchester School System educated the Duffy children. James’s fund supports two to three UMASSA students each year and was valued at $95,788 at the end of our last fiscal year.




The Del Rossi-Capone Family


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Francis X. Finigan


The Francis X. Finigan Scholarship Fund was created by donations from in excess of 140 donors from across the United States and Germany. Frank built the science department in Winchester by actively engaging the student with hands-on science activities. During his tenure, Winchester High School received many national awards. Frank was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators in 1973. In 1953 Frank founded the hockey program at Winchester High School. His leadership ultimately led to his induction into the Winchester High School Sports Hall of Fame. In addition Frank was an active contributor to town government in his hometown of Belmont. Former Frank Finigan Class of 1957 student, Steve Powers, commented that “Frank was a teacher, coach, mentor and friend to all students he taught and coached. Frank was outstanding in academics and sports.”




Muriel McTeague


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Henry F. Quill


The Henry F. Quill Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 with a gift of $12,601.94. A committee composed of six Winchester residents, Catherine Alexander, William Caci, Mary McCue, Judith Muggia, Samuel Rotondi, and Sherman Saltmarsh led the community fundraising. The committee’s goal was to recognize a great family man and distinguished contributor to our community through many boards and committees. Among Henry’s community activities were President of both the Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce as well as a founder of the Winchester Sports Foundation Award. Henry was a WHS Class of 1956 graduate and a guard on the ’55 undefeated football team. Henry’s award will go to a WHS graduate who has earned a varsity letter on one or more varsity teams and demonstrated good sportsmanship and good citizenship consistent with a team player.




The Fortnightly


In 1994 the Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a $10,000 check from The Fortnightly to create a scholarship fund in their name. In 1881 a small group of ladies organized to better serve the interests of Winchester. In 1890 The Fortnightly became a charter member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Massachusetts. In the early years, the group pioneered the organization of other groups such as the District Nursing Program, The Evening School for Adults, and the Home for the Aged. They also volunteered their services during World War I and World War II at veterans hospitals and with the Red Cross. When The Fortnightly created their scholarship through the WSF, they also presented a similar gift to Hospice Care of Winchester.




ENKA Society, Inc


In 1995 a contribution from the ENKA Society Inc. created the ENKA Society Inc. Scholarship Fund. The ENKA award helped the Winchester Scholarship Foundation celebrate its 50th anniversary which coincided with ENKA’s 60th anniversary. Prior to the establishment of the fund ENKA had been supporting the WSF since its inception and is the organization with the most longevity supporting the WSF. Following the establishment of the ENKA Fund, Bob Crockett, the WSF Treasurer, and Mary Ann Crockett, ENKA President, studied previous ENKA donations and transferred from the unrestricted WSF funds to the permanent ENKA Fund an amount they felt represented previous gifts. ENKA’s 50 generous bequests cemented the long-term association between the two Winchester institutions.




Winchester Savings Bank


On April 24, 1985 the Winchester Savings Bank donated $5,000 to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation to establish the Winchester Savings Bank Scholarship Fund. The Fund was created to honor Winchester citizens who had served the Winchester Savings Bank as trustees and had made meaningful contributions to the bank’s governance. The first honoree was William J. Speers, a respected Boston lawyer, who contributed a significant amount of his time to the Winchester Community, the Winchester Savings Bank, and the Winchester Scholarship Foundation. Another important Winchester Savings Bank trustee was Austin Broadhurst, another respected Boston lawyer, who served on the Bank’s Board and was a WSF President among his many community endeavors. The WSB has continued to make donations to the WSB Scholarship Fund to recognize Winchester residents who have made important contributions to the governance of the Bank. Today the Winchester Savings Bank Scholarship Fund is invested in a WSB certificate and is valued at $22,000.




Patrick J. McDonough, Jr.


A scholarship fund in the name of Patrick J, McDonough Jr. was established in 1995 by $10,000 in gifts from Pat’s widow, Lorraine, Pat’s family, and friends. Patrick was a man who never made headlines, but was a working class hero very concerned about the welfare of friends and colleagues. His second family was the children who passed through the doors of the Vinson-Owen School during his 33 year tenure as the school’s custodian. He was a kind and sympathetic man when a kid was having a bad time. A tree was planted at Vinson-Owen by the students in the memory of the man they loved and trusted.




Lewis B. Thompson, Jr


In 1999, following the death of Lewis Thompson, the Thompson Family, wife Sandy and children Andrew and Deborah, in concert with Lew’s company, Vacuum Barrier Corp. of Woburn, established the Lewis B. Thompson, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Winchester residents Thornton Stearns and Lew cofounded Vacuum Barrier in 1959. “Thorny” Stearns was an engineering graduate at MIT and Lew was an engineering graduate at Princeton University where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Lew had a special affinity for the WSF among his community activities. In 1991 he chaired the Scholarship Committee. That year WSF awarded $146,000 to 55 students. In 1999 with the establishment of Lew’s Scholarship Fund, Vacuum Barrier committed to donating $1,000 annually to Lew’s fund and since then has made 21 donations, increasing the scholarship fund’s value to $42,831 as of 2021.




Winchester Art Association


The Winchester Art Association’s donation of $38,800 highlighted the WSF’s last telethon in 1999 and the WSF’s 54th year. The WAA was founded in 1932 by a group of local artists and patrons of the arts. During the its first sixty years the WAA held monthly meetings, displayed its art in the Winchester Library exhibits, and had a membership that exceeded 200 members. Exhibits of art from many Boston museums were popular. High schools students exhibited their art annually. One of the WAA’s most popular programs was the picture lending program, which supported annual donations to the WSF. After 65 years during the Library renovation interest waned and the Board of Directors stepped down. In the late Nineties a group composed of past and present Board members voted to donate the WAA funds to the WSF to support a WHS graduate studying the visual arts. Christine Loomis and Sandy Richardson presented the check of $38,800 during the Telethon.




William Parkman Lodge


On May 9, 2000 the William Parkman Masonic Lodge of Winchester created a scholarship fund with a gift of $10,000. The William Parkman Lodge ia a fraternity of men seeking to improve themselves through assisting the needy, an orphan or someone in distress.. The members of the Lodge meet monthly and conduct charitable operations principally directed towards the benefit of Winchester children. Winchester residents such as Gerald O’Grady, Paul Gleason, and Hal Richardson were instrumental in recommending their unrestricted gift. The Parkman Lodge supports Burn Institutes, Shriners Hospitals and Orthopedic Hospitals offering free care to children.




Clara C. Bavuso


Clara C. Bavuso died on May 17, 2009 at age 87. She resided in Winchester with her husband Joseph in excess of 60 years. Clara and Joseph, who worked for the Winchester Water Department, lived on Cross Street. Clara volunteered with many town and church organizations mostly focused on children’s issues. Starting in her teen years Clara worked on the assembly line at National Radio in Malden. After retiring she often met with friends at Nelson’s Bakery, which she thought of as a second home. Clara always wanted to make a contribution to the young people of Winchester. She did not have the benefit of a formal education having gone to work at a young age. When her husband died her finances were difficult. Her wishes were that the money from her estate would be left to the Winchester Scholarship Foundation to help with student’s education, especially females. Upon her death her home on Cross Street was sold and the net proceeds were used to fund her endowed fund.




Harry E. Chafalo


Harry E. Chafalo was a well-known and highly respected Winchester resident. Harry was known to some as “Mr. Winchester.” Harry began serving Winchester in 1947 when he became a Town Meeting member. From that point he served on nearly every Winchester board or committee including two terms as a Winchester Selectman. He was President of the Rotary and Rotarian of the Year three times. In 1987 Harry was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as the “Citizen of the Year.” Harry was a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology. After graduation he established and ran a successful plumbing business for 50 years. Harry also received an honorary degree from Wentworth. Harry was 94 years old when died in 2001. At that time he was survived by his wife Betty and two daughters Marilyn Preston and Alice Perkins and four grandchildren. A huge number of contributions were received by the WSF in Harry’s Honor. A scholarship to be known as the Harry E. Chafalo Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with a donations of $10,000. The fund will support an annual award to a WHS student attending Wentworth. Since 2002 additional gifts increased the Chafalo Fund to $37,963.




The Pistorino Family


Edith and Leo Pistorino established the Leo and Edith Pistorino Charitable Remainder Unitrust during their lifetime. Under the terms of the Trust, a unitrust interest was payable to them until the death of the survivor. At that time the remaining property became distributable to the charitable beneficiaries listed in the will on file. Leo died in 1998 and Edith died in 2002. As a result of having no children, their entire estate was distributed to charity. The Pistorinos were longtime residents of Winchester. They worked closely with Bob Willing to assist with the distributions. The Winchester Scholarship Foundation received a 5% distribution to establish the Pistorino Family Scholarship Fund.




WHS Class of 1960


In 2000 at the Winchester High School Class of 1960 40th Reunion, the Reunion Committee announced that they would like to start a WHS Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund. The fund will be for students who plan to enter the field of education. The goal of this award was to honor their WHS teachers who had abeen instrumental in each of their life’s journeys. At the reunion dinner on Saturday night the purpose and intent was presented to those in attendance with the goal of raising $10,000. The response was overwhelming and the fund was established by a gift of $15,000. Class leaders President Paul DelRossi and McCall Principal Vandy French continued these efforts raising an additional $5,000 at the class’s 45th Reunion. Another donation of $10,000 was raised at the Class’s 50th Reunion. And an additional $4,000 was donated in 2015 at the 55th Reunion. This fund has supported students pursuing a careers in education for the past twenty years. The Class of 1960’s example has been followed by the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2010.




Sandra Sheppard Rodgers


The Sandra Sheppard Rodgers Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 following Sandy’s passing. The Fund was created to recognize Sandy’s lifelong contributions to the Town of Winchester and the WSF. Sandy’s passion as a landscape designer is evident in many permanent local landmarks such as the Town Common, Winchester Public Library grounds and numerous town parks. Sandy led campaigns for the planting and maintenance of Winchester’s rotaries and roadway islands. She designed and funded the island on the Aberjona River, which is known as “Sandy’s Island.” Sandy was very active in town government having served for 6 years on the Winchester School Committee and 25 years on the Design Review Committee. She served the Griffin Center for Photographic Art, ENKA Society, and the Board of Overseers of the MFA in Boston. Sandy became the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2003. The same year the Winchester Rotary Club awarded her its Distinguished Service Award.




James Stowell Duffy


On May 1, 2002 when Shirley Stowell Duffy died, she requested in a written “wish list” that a scholarship fund be established in the memory of her son James Stowell Duffy. James was a member of the Winchester High School Class of 1980 and a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst when he died in a boating accident. In October 2002 a donation of $20,000 from Shirley’s husband and James’s father Richard L. Duffy established the James Stowell Duffy Scholarship Fund. Following the creation of James’s Fund, Richard Duffy made regular donations to the Fund until his death in 2012. As part of Richard’s “wish list,” his estate added a donation of $50,000 to James’s fund. The Duffy family were longtime Winchester residents and the Winchester School System educated the Duffy children. James’s fund supports two to three UMASSA students each year and was valued at $95,788 at the end of our last fiscal year.




The Del Rossi-Capone Family


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Francis X. Finigan


The Francis X. Finigan Scholarship Fund was created by donations from in excess of 140 donors from across the United States and Germany. Frank built the science department in Winchester by actively engaging the student with hands-on science activities. During his tenure, Winchester High School received many national awards. Frank was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators in 1973. In 1953 Frank founded the hockey program at Winchester High School. His leadership ultimately led to his induction into the Winchester High School Sports Hall of Fame. In addition Frank was an active contributor to town government in his hometown of Belmont. Former Frank Finigan Class of 1957 student, Steve Powers, commented that “Frank was a teacher, coach, mentor and friend to all students he taught and coached. Frank was outstanding in academics and sports.”




Muriel McTeague


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