Launched by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Marian L. Heard Scholars program’s mission is to advance the next generation of leaders by promoting youth leadership development through positive adult relationships, education, and community involvement. The scholarship was created as a legacy in honor of Marian L. Heard’s service as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, recognizing her contributions to the organization and commitment to fostering leadership in youth.
Each year, 12-15 high school senior or youth graduating from alternative programs, who intend on attending the first year of a two or four-year college or post-secondary certification/degree program full time, will be accepted to receive up to $10,000 in scholarship funds over the next four years. Additionally, each scholar will be paired with an e-Coach, a high-level professional who volunteers his/her time to serve as a mentor and have access to United Way/MLH program staff to help ensure college success and completion.
This scholarship is for youth who have a history of participating in United Way partner agencies’ programs and/or the Youth Venture program. Youth must meet selection criteria eligibility requirements in order to qualify. For more information on the MLH Scholars Program and application process, please see the MLH Scholars Handbook.