The Foundation




Serving the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since 1956

In 1956 a handful of dedicated citizens founded the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation with the mission of promoting and encouraging scholarships and opportunities for higher education among residents of the Lakes Region. Their purpose was to simplify and consolidate the application process for local students; to review and rate applications; to facilitate the selection process for donors; to distribute scholarships to qualifying applicants; to act as a clearinghouse to receive scholarship funds from various donors; and to encourage the establishment of additional scholarships

Since its founding in 1956, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $4.9 Million to almost 4,500 students pursuing higher education. The Foundation, however, is merely the conduit.  It is the over 500 donors (not including the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers over the past 58 years) who deserve the credit for this proud record. They are the ones who have been extending a helping hand to local students looking to continue their education and fulfill their career goals.  Many of our donor funds are very specific: some donors are interested in specific majors and many target specific high school graduates, such as only a Laconia or Gilford or Belmont High School graduate (see donor tab).

In 2014 thanks to the generosity of 224 donors or donor funds, we are awarding a total of $273,550 to 282 students.  About 40% of our funds were awarded to graduating high school seniors, with the balance going to upperclassmen. We wish to remind students that our support does not stop after their freshman year.  Our applications will be mailed at the end of January 2015 to this year’s applicants (unless they are graduating from college), giving them an opportunity to reapply by the due date of April 15, 2015.

Our scholarships really make a difference to our local students.  Their thank-you notes tell us that the dollars awarded through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation make a positive impact on their college costs.  To view some of the thank-you notes, select the “Success Stories” link above.  But sometimes, even more importantly, we prove that someone in the community really cares about them.  Our awards say that we believe in them and want to help them reach their educational and career goals.  It’s the donors who really make this happen! 

The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, a New Hampshire corporation, is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to LRSF are tax deductible (as allowed by law) and are personally acknowledged.  To find out how you can become a part of this meaningful community program, click HERE. If anyone would like a copy of our 2014 Donor Recognition Booklet or more information about the Foundation, please contact us at 527-3533 or


Winning 2014 Spellilng Bee Team: "The Laconia Librarians" sponsored by Bob Merwin - State Farm Insurance: Randy Brough, Natallie Moser and Jamie Dalton. 

(Photo by Steve Loughlin)


Please select the "Spelling Bee" link above for more photos and Information on the

LRSF Annual Community Spelling Bee.




  The "Donate" button below is a link to the Paypal website where donations may be made directly to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation whether or not you have a Paypal account.  If you have a Paypal account you can enter your email address and password.  If you do not have an account, you may select the "Continue" button on the lower left side to enter your information.

Please include the "Purpose" of the donation so we can credit it to the proper account.  Here you can enter the name of the Fund you wish to donate to or, if it is a direct donation to the Friends of the Foundation Operating Fund, you may type in "FOFOF."  The donation amount may also be split between different funds or a Fund and FOFOF by indicating the amount of each in the "Purpose" section.

Please contact LRSF if you have any questions.  527-3533 or

Thank you!


Mission & Purpose

  •   To promote and encourage scholarships and opportunities for higher education among residents of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

  •   To act as a clearinghouse to receive scholarship funds from various donors.

  •   To encourage the establishment of additional scholarships.

  •   To screen applications and distribute scholarships to qualifying applicants.


To view the current list of DONOR FUNDS, select the "For Donors" link above.


To view the current list of FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION, click HERE


To view some of the Thank You notes from LRSF Alumni or to link your school to this website select "Alumni" above.





Location: DeCamp Center, 14 Country Club Road, Gilford NH 03249
Mailing address: PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312
Telephone: 603 527-3533

Contact Person: Joan M. Cormier, Executive Director
Website: Barbara Cushing-Moore

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