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
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,
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,
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
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
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.
YOU CAN NOW DONATE ONLINE USING
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
side to enter your information.
Please include the "Purpose" of the donation so we can credit
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
Mission & Purpose
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
To screen applications and distribute
scholarships to qualifying applicants.
To view the current list of DONOR FUNDS, select the "For Donors"
To view the current list of FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION, click
To view some of the Thank You Notes select
the "Success Stories" link above.