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 committing funds to our graduates as a vote of confidence and a way to say “we believe in you.” 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 above: Jazmyn Francis, class of 2017)
Our goal is to support graduating seniors as they pursue further education by awarding a scholarship to every eligible graduating Dover Sherborn High School senior in the METCO program.
The applications are submitted to the Board of Directors outlining, among other things, a commitment to education, community, and leadership. (Pictured above: Abdell Saint Paul, class of 2017)
Board members and DS METCO alumni Amira Abdal-Khallaq, Regina D. Cooper Benjamin and Lamar Cardinez are working with DS METCO Coordinator Monique Marshall-Veale to begin a mentoring program. The group aims to provide mentorship to METCO students in the Dover-Sherborn school system by way of mutual dialogue and in-person interactions with DS METCO alumni with goal of helping students fully embrace the rare opportunity at hand, as well as helping drive social and academic success.
Are you an alum and interested in learning more? Please reach out to Monique Marshall-Veale at email@example.com to connect with this new and growing group!
In April 2019, we had our biggest fundraiser to date. Over 150 people got together to celebrate educational equity in Dover. We listened as one of the speakers, Milly Arbaje-Thomas, CEO of METCO, Inc spoke about the program.
Check out the article in Wicked Local about the event:
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!
Between 2018 and 2019, we doubled our seed money and doubled our scholarship awards through your generous donations.
In the spring of 2019, we had the most successful fundraiser yet with over 100 attendees and raised twice our goal amount.
Because of YOU, we were able to award valuable scholarships to each qualifying
DS METCO graduating senior. That's a vote of confidence from Dover-Sherborn and beyond.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
Please enter your mailing address when prompted if you would like to receive a letter from DS METCO Scholarship Fund stating our tax exempt status.
The DS METCO Scholarship Fund was thrilled to award scholarships to graduates in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Aleaya MacFarlan, Senior Class President
Abdell St. Paul
Imahni Bruno Reeves
Congratulations to all and we wish you each a successful college career! (Pictured above: Kate Potter with Princess Irvin)
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, class of 2017
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. While at Northeastern University, Lamar completed two cooperative education six-month internships at both Madison Square Garden and the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee. 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 enrolled at Cornell University to pursue his MBA in the summer of 2016 where he is expected to graduate in May 2018 and become 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 who share the commitment to supporting seniors after graduation.
Kate Potter, President
Mila Clark, President
Nan Theberge, Secretary
Lauren Leahy, Treasurer
Regina D. Cooper Benjamin
Needham Bank is proud to sponsor the Dover-Sherborn METCO Scholarship Fund by providing supporters of the Fund with a challenge grant.
Here’s how it works:
For anyone associated with the DS METCO Scholarship Fund who opens a checking account with Needham Bank, we’ll donate $100 per account back to the organization. Simply mention that you are a supporter of the Fund when you open your account in any of Needham Bank’s nine branch locations.
Needham Bank Checking is the logical choice for Dover and Sherborn families and their kids (must be 16 years old) because there are no fees or minimum balance requirements. In addition, Needham Bank Checking comes with top notch on-line and mobile features and customers can use any ATM in the world. Every machine fee will be reimbursed; essentially making every ATM a Needham Bank ATM.
For more information contact Dover Branch Manager, Sandra Marcantuono at 781-247-6826 or SMarcantuono@NeedhamBank.com
Our Dover branch is conveniently located at 60 Centre Street. We look forward to welcoming you.
To learn about future events or opportunities, please enter your email address (we only send a few emails each year).
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