Greater Lowell Community Foundation/Lowell High School Scholarship Program Awards more than $682,000 to 271 Seniors

Greater Lowell Community Foundation/Lowell High School Scholarship Program Awards more than $682,000 to 271 Seniors. From l to r: Portuguese-American Scholarship recipient Raquel Bettencourt and fund founder Luis Pedroso, President of Accutronics Inc.
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On May 7, 2019, as part of the 2019 Lowell High School Honor Awards Night more than $682,000 was awarded to 271 graduating seniors at Lowell High School. Hundreds of students and their family members attended the ceremony.

From families who have lived in Lowell for several generations, to refugees arriving from war-torn countries, the audience reflected the diversity of the city. Over half of this year’s 311 applicants will be the first in their family to attend college.

The scholarship program is made possible by a partnership between Lowell High School and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Scholarships are provided through the generous contributions of donors, many of whom are Lowell High School graduates themselves, families honoring a loved one, or local business leaders supporting their community.

Through the foresight of these donors, and the Community Foundation’s stewardship of these funds, the scholarship endowment at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation now totals $4.9 million.

Marianne Busteed‏, Lowell High School Head of School and Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan welcomed students to the event. Both congratulated students on their successes and spoke of the opportunities that lie ahead, and thanked the scholarship committee volunteers and generous donors.

“We are proud to work alongside the Greater Lowell Community Foundation to recognize and award so many deserving Lowell High School seniors.  We are especially grateful to our generous donors who support our students and who make these scholarships possible,” said Busteed.

Linnehan addressed the audience, “I’d like to thank our donors and congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients and their families. Your achievements are something to be proud of. I wish you great success in your endeavors. I hope this generosity will inspire you and that you will remember your community and choose to give back.”

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About Greater Lowell Community Foundation

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization comprised of over 350 funds, currently totaling over $37MM, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in 20 neighboring cities and towns. The Community Foundation annually awards grants and scholarships to hundreds of worthy nonprofits and students. It is powered by the winning combination of donor-directed giving, personal attention from its staff, and an in-depth understanding of local needs. The generosity of our donors has enabled the Community Foundation to award more than $15 million to the Greater Lowell Community since 1999.


Lowell High School (LHS) was recognized in 1999 as one of the nation’s top urban high schools by U.S. News & World Report for our outstanding educational program. Today, LHS continues to provide a healthy blend of time-tested and innovative lessons in its classrooms, the latest in computer and media technology, and top-notch educational and sporting facilities in an effort to foster within its diverse students the skills and attitudes needed to be responsible, contributing members of a global society and lifelong learners. LHS remains committed to helping all of its students—those bound for college, the workforce or the military—not only succeed but also excel in its classrooms and beyond.