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Scholarship Impact

We invest in the future. The MVCF is one of  Martha’s Vineyard’s largest providers of scholarships. We help Islanders of all ages—from high school seniors to current college students to working adults—realize their dreams and secure a bright future.

Since 1984, we have awarded thousands of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate college degrees, vocational training, and professional certifications, including Captain’s licenses for mariners.

The Community Foundation manages 30 scholarship funds. Many of the funds are endowed, meaning they will support Island students for generations to come. To apply, use the online application below. We will automatically match you with all scholarship opportunities for which you qualify. 


Photo: Maria Thibodeau

Greta Gannon

  • Wendy Weisman Jenkinson Culinary Arts Fund – 2022, 2021, 2020
  • Harriet N. Goldberg Fund – 2021
  • Walter and Irene Dumais Scholarship Fund – 2019
  • Albridge C. and Margaret Righter Smith Scholarship Fund – 2018

“As I approach my graduation from the University of Vermont, I have spent some time reflecting on the last four years. I am so grateful for the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a field of my choice — Food Systems and Ecological Agriculture — at such an incredible school. When the pandemic switched my college experience to an online learning model during my junior year, I decided to take a year off. For a number of reasons, I struggled in my decision to return to school, but it was ultimately the support from the Community Foundation which encouraged me to return and complete my degree. And I am so glad that I did. The continued support throughout my four years at college as well as during my year off (when I enrolled in a USCG Captain’s License course) has allowed me to grow and learn while also feeling fueled by a strong community.”

Clara Hoyt

  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission Scholarship Fund – 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020

“I’m thankful to receive this ongoing support. The Community Foundation encourages me to succeed in a male-dominated career as a professional pilot. Whenever I’m feeling discouraged, I know that my fellow Islanders believe in me and my goals, and I’m extremely grateful for that.

Joe Serpa

  • Harriet N. Goldberg Fund – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

“I’m studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan to pursue a career in this field. Growing up on the water has been an important aspect of my life. It has nurtured my love of sailing, kite boarding, spending time on the water with family and friends, and it has given me the opportunity to see the maritime industry up close.”