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Ruth Joyce Scholarship Fund

Click here to access the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation which handles the Ruth S. Joyce Scholarship, and provides other scholarship opportunities.

Ruth Joyce retired from her post as Teaching Principal of the New Hampton Community School in 1978, having completed twenty years of devoted service to the families of New Hampton. At that time Tom Caldwell of the Bristol Enterprise summed up the gratitude of a generation of families when he cited Ruth's loyalty and generosity of spirit that "shaped the lives of so many in the community.” As an enduring tribute to Ruth's contribution, Pat Provencher, Hope Clement and Sandy Price, mothers who had been active in the PTA, conceived the idea of establishing in her name a scholarship for boys that would parallel the already existing Sarah Dow McGregor Scholarship for girls.

The PTA contributed $100 to help fund the initial grant. Pat, Hope, Sandy and other grateful parents organized campaigns to supplement their seed money. Michael Drake and Tony Romano received the first scholarships in 1979. In the Twenty Nine Years since its inception, the Ruth S. Joyce Scholarship Committee has raised and given to local boys more than sixty four thousand dollars.

Such success has not been possible without effort. Most townspeople are familiar with the Ruth S. Joyce Scholarship Food Sales that take place at the Town House during every election. The Committee has tirelessly sponsored these and additional raffles, yard sales, and dinners to increase the amount that can be given in scholarship assistance.

The committee awards Ruth S. Joyce Scholarships to boys who lived in New Hampton or on the River road in Bridgewater and attended the New Hampton Elementary School or the Newfound Middle School and who are completing secondary school with concrete plans for further education. Such plans may include trade and/or apprenticeship programs, two-year or four-year colleges. Criteria for awarding the scholarships are (1) financial need or hardship; (2) academic achievement; (3) demonstrated leadership; (4) ability to function well with others; (5) pride in school, town, state, and country and (6) perseverance and unselfishness. Applications may be obtained from the Newfound Memorial High School Guidance Office, and the New Hampton Town Office. Applicants may call members of the committee for further information.

As the need for higher education increases and as the cost continues to rise, the Ruth S. Joyce Scholarship Fund can offer critical assistance to young men seeking a successful future. In order to continue its benefits, the present committee now seeks to enlist the support (by donations, memorial gifts and their time) of the past awardees and young families whose children could be the next beneficiaries.

In President Pat Provencher's words, "Your efforts will be repaid in the future of our young people” .

Sincere Thanks
R.S.J.S. Committee