At only 14 years young, Sprague Elementary School may be the newest of the Wellesley elementary schools, but that school’s PTO is proving that when it comes to their kids’ educational needs, they are no mere novices. Like all the elementary school PTOs in town, their mission is to provide education-related support and services to their students. The Sprague difference is that they are taking things a step further by following through with support right through high school graduation.
The Sprague PTO is the first in town to announce the initiation of an annual $1,000 college scholarship to benefit its former students. Sprague PTO President Elaine Marten says that “The Sprague community is pleased to be able to demonstrate its commitment to guaranteeing the best education possible for Sprague children.” Inspired to stay connected to the tight- knit Sprague community, PTO Vice President Jill Fischmann, who initiated these efforts, explained, “This new scholarship is designed to complete the full circle, following Sprague attendees through the Wellesley Public School system, then continuing to support those who may need assistance to pursue a higher level of education.”
This year’s Sprague PTO Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving former Sprague School attendee who is a graduating high school senior. The award will be administered by the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF). WSF provides financial assistance for its own need-based awards (over $260,000 in 2015) and also assists and administers need-based awards for a dozen Wellesley community organizations (totaling over $130,000 in 2015). This year’s Sprague PTO Scholarship Award will be presented at WSF’s Annual Awards Ceremony on June 7th, held at Wellesley’s Town Hall.
For more information, visit wellesleyscholarshipfoundation.org.