CHARLESTOWN — Community 2000, a nonprofit foundation that provides tuition scholarships to Chariho graduates and funding for educational projects, recently added the Chariho Career Development Portfolio Scholarships to its stable of endowments. Many of the organization’s scholarships are focused on defraying the costs of college tuition, but the newest fund will provide funding for students who will attend vocational school.
Community 2000 now comprises six scholarship funds that it awards to students in the towns of Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton. According to its web site, many of the organization’s scholarships are available for up to four years for support throughout a student’s undergraduate career. Students can apply to Community 2000, which is partnered with Scholarship America, online. Funds are also available for educational projects within the Chariho community.
The organization’s president, Chris Philips, a former chemistry teacher and director of research and development at Pfizer, said that Jim Sullivan, a former Chariho school committee member, started the group’s new Career Development Portfolio Scholarships.
“He had this idea of giving kids a $1,000 scholarship who have done a great job with their electronic portfolio or other activities in making a career choice – and when Jim talked to me about this, I loved the idea,” said Philips.
“When I was teaching, I spent a lot of time advising students and the only students that were difficult to advise were those who didn’t know what they wanted to do,” he said.
Philips said he was excited about the focusing on non-college-bound kids who are making a definitive career choice.
“We love Career and Tech – everyone does not have to go to college,” he said. “You can make a very good living as a plumber, electrician, or an automobile mechanic. So, we’ve always supported Career and Tech as well as kids going on to [college].”
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