The Dover Sherborn METCO Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 2017. We aim to elevate our METCO program by offering a DS METCO alumni-run mentoring program for high school students, and by committing funds to our graduates as a vote of confidence and a way to say “we believe in you.” DS METCO students are eligible to apply in the spring of their graduating year and the following four years post-graduation. We are entirely run and organized by volunteers, and we are entirely funded by private donations.
We are not affiliated directly with the DS METCO Program, though we work together on events and outreach.
(Pictured left: Jazmyn Francis, award recipient)
In the 2021-2022 school year, the Board voted to expand our mission and offer scholarship awards to our DS METCO graduates who are 1-4 years beyond their DS graduation. The application is slightly different and students must submit letters of recommendation as well as a written or video essay answering the prompts. With this award, we hope to lessen some of the financial burden and remind the students and families that our community walks with them as they move on into the world.
Congratulations to our inaugural award recipients!
The mission of the DS METCO Mentorship Program is to build strong relationships with current high school juniors and seniors to further understand the individual nuances of their experiences and to help the students make the most of the invaluable opportunity before them. The mentors aim to forge reliable relationships with the students, to serve as a sounding board and to help guide students towards taking vital steps for a successful transition for life after high school. As DS alums, the mentors are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insights to students given their first-hand experiences in the DS METCO program. The medium-term goal is to grow the number of mentors to ensure an effective mentor-to-mentee ratio for all DS METCO students grades 9-12 for years to come.
Amira Abdal-Khallaq (Class of 1997)
Regina Cooper (Class of 1999)
Lamar Cardinez (Class of 2009)
Juretha Olivia Cooper was a METCO advocate and the proud parent and grandparent of five Dover Sherborn High School graduates. A high school honor student herself, she emphasized the importance of achievement to her children. She made sure three daughters, a granddaughter, and a grandson made their early morning busses for the opportunity at a great education in one of the top public schools in the state. This award was established to honor Ms. Cooper’s lifelong dedication to education.
The Juretha Olivia Cooper Memorial Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for one METCO high school senior in the Dover Sherborn community with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who completes 40 hours of community service in their home community over 4 years of high school, and demonstrates strong leadership qualities as indicated by one recommendation from a staff member, teacher, advisor (the student may use a copy of a college recommendation), or mentor. Students will, also, be required to submit an essay on leadership and their future plans.
The DS METCO Scholarship Fund was thrilled to award scholarships to graduates in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Inaugural Juretha Olivia Cooper Memorial Scholarship:
Aleaya MacFarlan, Senior Class President
Abdell St. Paul
Imahni Bruno Reeves
Congratulations to all -- we wish you success!
Dover Sherborn METCO alumni have gone on to various colleges and graduate schools, leading fulfilling and successful lives.
The DS METCO Alumni social media sites are not yet active. The button below will take you to the Facebook page for Boston METCO alumni. Please check back for a link to the new DS METCO alumni page, or contact us and we'll direct you to our alumni board members.
(Pictured above: Imahni Bruno-Reeves, award recipient)
Lamar Cardinez was born and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Lamar’s mother, Mariam, signed him up for the METCO program before he was born after hearing about the program from a family friend. When Lamar was eight years old he began attending Pine Hill Elementary School and would remain in the Dover Sherborn Regional School system until he graduated high school in 2009. Lamar went on to attend Northeastern University on a full-tuition scholarship and would ultimately earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation in 2014, Lamar went on to work for the National Football League (NFL) as a member of their two-year leadership rotational program. Lamar then received his MBA from Cornell in May 2018. Lamar is currently an investment banking associate at Guggenheim Partners in New York City. Lamar and his wife Italia founded a scholarship fund at Northeastern University to assist incoming Torch Scholars with the costs associated with purchasing technological necessities.
Donating through the website is just one way to give! We are always working on strengthening relationships, making connections and contributing to our community events. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss giving options or volunteer opportunities.
Pictured above: DS METCO Scholarship Fund Presidents Kate Potter and Mila Clark with DS METCO Director Monique Marshall-Veale, METCO Inc CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas, Wilmary Tejada and Lerato Vilakazi-Jackson at the celebration of 50 years of DS METCO.
For METCO, Inc, the mission is to provide students with educational opportunities designed to enrich their academic, personal and interpersonal experiences.
In Dover and Sherborn, one of the highlights is the METCO Family Friend program that helps to match students from Boston with students from Dover and Sherborn and encourages them to spend time together outside of school hours.
Throughout the year there are several half days for elementary students when they have a few hours before the bus takes them home to Boston. These half days are perfect for spending time with Sherborn and Dover Family Friends!
Our board includes alumni of DS METCO, parents of DS METCO students, and community members
Kate Potter, President
Mila Clark, President
Sarah Cole, Treasurer
Jennifer Grinnell, Secretary
Regina D. Cooper Benjamin
Your donation is more than a gift;
it's a vote of confidence in a young person and a boost that directly helps a a graduating senior as they move to further their education.
It's a way of saying that you value diversity and equity in education in our community.
It's a way of saying the precious words: "I believe in you."
$1-$249 Scholarship Fund Advocate: contributes directly to the annual awards
$250-$500 Silver Scholar: funds a new laptop, suggested for most college students
$501-$999 Giving Elite: funds books for one year of college
$1,000-$1,999 Platinum Benefactor: supports transportation to and from college, as well as music and sports fees
$2,000+ Founding Family: helps us grow and award more and more
We are happy to honor loved ones with memorial or honorary gifts, or with named scholarships.
You may also email us to discuss donations, recurring commitments, or other special requests. Any amount is significant!
Because of YOU, we are able to award valuable scholarships to each qualifying
DS METCO graduating senior and for qualified applicants 1-4 years beyond graduation. That's a true vote of confidence from Dover-Sherborn.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
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Monique Marshall-Veale is the METCO Coordinator for the Dover Sherborn School district. While she isn't on the board, her office currently serves as our mail box.
DS METCO Scholarship Fund
c/o DS METCO Office
155 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
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