West Parish Men's Group

College Scholarships

About the program

The West Parish Men's Club has given 99 scholarships to Youth from the Greater Lawrence Boys and Girls Club  - totaling over $78,000 since in began in 2013! As of spring 2020, the group has directly financially helped 21 kids to graduate from college.

Jon, the College Scholarship Chairman, tells more below:

"In our neighboring city of Lawrence, only half of the kids graduate from high school.   There are many reasons that they don’t graduate from high school - but all of the reasons can be stated in one word, adversity. The smiling faces of our honorees give no indication of the experiences that they have had to endure.

In reviewing the scholarship applications and taking into account things that I know from our personal relationships, I can tell you that collectively, these kids have seen everything. You name it, they’ve experienced it. Things that simply no child should ever have to experience and things that would horrify you.   These young adults have managed to overcome their obstacles and challenges, and even thrive.

When you hear about the high school dropout rate in Lawrence, instead of thinking that there are bad kids dropping out, think about the good kids trying to succeed in a bad situation.   We celebrate that we are able to give scholarships to such deserving young adults, but what overshadows our gifts, is the fact that these kids have triumphed over the challenges and the odds. "

Hear from the award winners


"This is something that we fight for - to be a graduate.  It's not often said - but it's a tough journey." 


"This scholarship meant peace of mind that I had the supplies I needed.  It also meant  Jon and Kim.   They are great resources as mentors.  I couldn’t be more grateful for having someone like them in my corner."


"Having someone believe in us is so important.  We are defying the odds.

Because of the scholarships – we are one step closer to achieving greatness!"

2022 College Scholarship Recipients
2021 College Scholarship Recipients
2020 College Scholarship Recipients
2022 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2021 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2020 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Please consider donating to the West Parish College Scholarship Fund.   Your generous contribution will ensure that that West Parish can award as many college scholarships as possible to the very deserving Greater Lawrence Boys and Girls Club youth.  Thank you!


Scholarships Winners

2019 College Scholarship Recipients
2019 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2018 College Scholarship Recipients
2018 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2017 College Scholarship Recipients
2016 College Scholarship Recipients
2017 Steve Vano Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2015 College Scholarship Recipients
2014 College Scholarship Recipients
2013 College Scholarship Recipients