Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club donates nearly quarter of $1M to young scholars, good causes

The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) announced that it has awarded $240K this year for a slew of good causes, including college scholarships, anti-bullying programs and programs supporting education for youngsters ranging from babies to 5th graders.

The club, which has been around since 1944, awarded forty-six Donation Grants this year to area organizations, including: $17,500 to Wellesley Public Elementary Schools, to fund an anti-bullying program at all seven elementary schools; about $3K to Wellesley Free Library for its BookBabies early literacy program; and $4K to WINGS, to support children of families who need tuition assistance to take advantage of academic and enrichment courses. To get in on the next round of grants, look for applications to be available in November.

The club doled out  $108K in scholarships and awards averaging $2,300 to Wellesley students for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. The  Patricia C. Doiron Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes a graduating senior who has shown a commitment to early childhood education through participation in the Child Lab at Wellesley High School, went to Sarah Feiner, who will attend Syracuse University. The Suzanne Stevens Scholarship, which recognizes a graduating senior (or current college student) who has demonstrated strength when faced with adversity while maintaining a strong academic record and involvement in community service, went to Anthony Iannicelli, who attends Zion Bible College. The WHJWC and Principal’s Community Service Book Award recognizes a graduating senior who has performed exceptional community service, and it went to BC-bound Victoria Blalock as well as Zachary Herbert-Burns, who plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder.