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Town Scholarship Committee
Mission & Authority:
To administer funds collected through donations on tax bills for Town Scholarship Fund.

Authority

 Summary

Will of Cecilia C. Francis




Includes a bequest to the Town of Provincetown to provide funds for the John Anderson Francis Family Scholarship for students who graduate from Provincetown High School. With the closure of Provincetown High School, the Board of Selectmen voted on May 13, 2013 to amend the regulations as stated below.
Will of Joseph F. Oliver
Includes a bequest to the inhabitants of
the Town of Provincetown or the Town of Truro for the purpose of establishing the Captain Joseph F. Oliver Scholarship Fund. With the closure of Provincetown High School, the Board of Selectmen voted on May 13, 2013 to amend the regulations as stated below. 
Annual Town Meeting, March, 1984,
Article 41

Implements the provisions of the Cecilia C. Francis Will, providing for a committee to administer the fund and award scholarships. With the closure of Provincetown High School, the Board of Selectmen voted on May 13, 2013 to amend the regulations as stated below. 
Memorandum of Agreement
 
84E-0022-G1

The Provincetown Board of Selectmen and School Committee establish a scholarship committee and determine responsibilities and authorities of the board and committees.
Annual Town Meeting, April, 1995,

Article 22

Provides for addition of an alternate member of John Anderson Francis Scholarship Committee.


Approval of Change in Regulations for implementing the provisions of the Cecilia C. Francis Will, adopted by Board of Selectmen on May 13, 2013
Beginning in 2014, in order to be eligible, a student must have attended and completed his or her entire eighth grade in the Provincetown school system, and must have graduated from a public high school located on Cape Cod.
Approval of Change in Regulations for the Will of Joseph F. Oliver, adopted by Board of Selectmen on May 13, 2013  
Beginning in 2014, in order to be eligible, a student must be a resident of either Provincetown or Truro at the time of high school graduation and must have attended and completed his or her entire eighth grade in the Provincetown school system, and must have graduated from a public high school located on Cape Cod.
   

Scholarship Application Form

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current Academic Transcript (which reflects both course work in progress and cumulative Grade Point Average for all work completed)
  • Student Account for Current Semester (which reflects tuition costs, room and board fees, and other charges along with credits for grants, scholarships and payments)

Provincetown Scholarship Applications Available
PROVINCETOWN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO CAPE COD PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Applicants Must Have Completed Their Entire Eighth Grade In Provincetown School System

The John Anderson Francis Family Scholarship, one of over two dozen annual scholarships previously awarded to graduates of Provincetown High School, will continue to be awarded to students who complete their secondary education at a public high school on Cape Cod.

The Town of Provincetown formed the John Anderson Francis Family Scholarship Committee in 1984. Cecilia Francis, a former Provincetown resident and attorney, bequeathed a significant portion of her estate to be used for awarding scholarships to local high school students, thus enabling graduates to receive financial assistance to continue their education.

“Cecilia Francis held close to her heart literature, visual arts, music, and the theatre … those things that serve as the fabric of the Provincetown community,” says Bill Schneider, chairman of the Scholarship Committee. With the phasing out of the high school program in Provincetown completed, the Scholarship Committee proposed to continue awarding scholarships to students who complete their entire eighth grade in the Provincetown school system and graduate from a public high school located on Cape Cod. On May 13, 2013, the Provincetown Board of Selectmen approved the request of the Scholarship Committee, which was endorsed by the Provincetown School Committee.

Schneider applauds the work of his colleagues who collaborated with both the Provincetown School Committee and Board of Selectmen to facilitate the policy changes. “Through our combined efforts and the generous contribution of our benefactor, we will continue to award scholarships as Cecilia Francis envisioned,” he says. “Her gift is truly one that keeps on giving.”

“Provincetown has always been very generous to its resident students,” says Dr. Beth Singer, superintendent of Provincetown Schools. “As our children complete their secondary education at other area high schools, and move on to colleges and universities, the financial support from our community scholarships remains vital,” Singer says. “They are the children of our community and of Provincetown Schools. Through this partnership, we support their continuing success.”

The Scholarship Committee encourages eligible students to obtain an application from their high school guidance counselor. The guidance department of each of the 13 public high schools on Cape Cod has been provided with the new application form along with the guidelines for the John Anderson Francis Family Scholarship.

The application deadline is April 15 of each year for students who will be graduating from high school in June.

JAFFSC Members:
  • Robert Speiser, School Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/19
  • Mary Ann Cabral, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/16
  • Eleanora Irving, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/16
  • Julia Perry, School Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/18
  • Mary Beck, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/18
  • Vacant, Alt. - Term Ends 12/31/16

Contact: Town Clerk Doug Johnstone

Town Fund Members:
  • Robert Speiser, School Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/19
  • Mary Ann Cabral, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/16
  • Eleanora Irving, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/16
  • Olympia Ciliberto, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/18
  • Mary Beck, Selectmen Appointee - Term Ends 12/31/18

Contact:
Town Clerk Doug Johnstone


Town of Provincetown
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Ph: (508) 487-7000
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