The Highland Street Foundation Partners with uAspire to Launch the Thomas Menino Scholarship

By: Chris Loney | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Highland Street Foundation

February 25, 2014 / Boston, MA — Today, uAspire announced they are partnering with the Highland Street Foundation to present a need-based scholarship opportunity to 25 students across the Commonwealth, building on the foundation’s 25-year commitment to increased access and opportunities for children and families in the community. Named in honor of a man known as “the Education Mayor,” the Thomas Menino Scholarship will launch this month to help a select group of Massachusetts high school graduates from the cities of Boston, Fall River, Lawrence, and Springfield achieve their dreams of pursuing a postsecondary degree.

“One of Tom Menino’s greatest contributions as Mayor of Boston was his steadfast focus on educational opportunity for all,” says Highland Street Executive Director Blake Jordan. “The Thomas Menino Scholarship honors Menino’s legacy while increasing awareness about the impact and leverage that need-based scholarships can have in leveling the affordability playing field for many low-income students.”

The Thomas Menino Scholarship will provide need-based financial aid to 25 young people across the Commonwealth who are graduating in the class of 2014. Each scholarship award is for $2,500 per year and—crucial to the specific financial needs of low-income students—guaranteed for two years. Through research and its advising experience, uAspire has found that students are more likely to persist through college when scholarships carry over after their first year, ensuring a continuity of financial aid.

“Students and their families are eager to pursue a college education—but many are deeply concerned about how they can possibly afford it,” said Gabrielle King Morse, uAspire Massachusetts Executive Director. “Need-based resources like the Thomas Menino Scholarship mean so much to our students, as each dollar is an extra step towards a postsecondary degree. We are honored to partner with The Highland Street Foundation to provide the type of multi-year funding that will enable our students to not only get to, but also through, college.”

uAspire partners with schools and community organizations to guide students and their families through the financial aid process, working one-on-one to complete the FAFSA and locate other resources to defray the costs of a postsecondary education, such as the Thomas Menino Scholarship.

Spread across the four Massachusetts communities served by uAspire’s college affordability advising services, twenty of these scholarships will be awarded to students in the city of Boston, two in the city of Lawrence, two in the city of Springfield, and one in the city of Fall River. Winners will be selected based on an evaluation of demonstrated financial need, volunteer experience and extra-curricular involvement, as well as a short answer response and essay response. For more information about the scholarship and how students may apply, please contact Brendan Williams at Deadline for all applications are May 1, 2014.



About The Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has invested more than $150 million in many worthy non-profit organizations primarily in Massachusetts. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts.

About uAspire

uAspire’s mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to—and through—a postsecondary education. To accomplish this mission, uAspire partners with schools and community organizations to provide financial aid advice and advocacy to young people and families to help them overcome the financial barriers to higher education. uAspire provides college affordability guidance and information to students in grades 7-16 in six communities nationwide (Boston, Lawrence, Springfield, and Fall River, Massachusetts; Miami, FL; and the Bay Area of California) as well as providing training, tools, and ongoing support to frontline practitioners at school districts, charter management organizations, and community-based organizations across the country. uAspire is committed to reaching the day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by graduating from college, regardless of their families’ financial resources or college experience. For more information, please visit



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