NCMAR Scholarships

NCMAR Community Scholarship

Every year the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS awards scholarships to deserving high school students in the North Central Massachusetts area including the cities and towns of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Bolton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, and Winchendon.

Since 1981, NCMAR has awarded over $90,000 in community scholarships to 86 high school seniors.  

The Scholarship Committee was faced with the difficult task of choosing the winners from the many applications received this year. The Committee awards two Community scholarships to high school students who live in one of the 23 communities that NCMAR serves.

Our applications are made available in February of each year with awards being presented at our Awards Banquet in June.  This year we awarded two scholarships to two very deserving students. In 2023, three scholarships were awarded.

We wish both of our applicants the best of luck in their college education and future careers.

 The first recipient of the Community Scholarship is Nana Okyere. Nana is a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School and she plans to attend Boston University to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  She would like to become a pharmacist.

Nana is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Secretary, Photography Club, Yearbook Club and co-president of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club. She worked at Wendy’s and interned at McNabb’s Pharmacy.     

The second recipient of the Community Scholarship is Daisy Si. Daisy is a graduate of Ralph C Mahar Regional High School and she plans to attend Westfield State University to study nursing. 

Daisy is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. Daisy currently is a safety specialist at Athol Hospital.  

Willard Ide Shattuck Memorial Scholarship

The Willard Ide Shattuck Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by Willard Shattuck to provide a way to give back to our members by assisting their families with the cost of higher education.  Each year the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS gives out one scholarship to one relative of a current NCMAR member determined by scholastic achievement and their character.

We are proud to announce the winner of the Willard Ide Shattuck, Jr.  Memorial Scholarship is Gabriella Alston.  

Gabriella is the granddaughter of AE Kathy Lore. Gabriella is graduating from PACE homeschools program. Gabriella plans to attend the Crown College to study to become a special education/elementary school teacher.       

Gabriella volunteeered on the Yearbook committee and as the school photographer. She is a accomplished pianist and artist. Gabriella studied Korean and played soccer for a travel team.

 In her spare time, she worked at Chick Fil a, was a soccer referee and Master Club Teacher. She currently works as a summer school teacher. 

Law Office of David Rocheford Supplemental Scholarship

Again this year, David Rocheford has funded a supplemental scholarship using the same selection criteria as the Willard Ide Shattuck Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

The Rocheford Law Office 2023 Supplemental Scholarship Fund recipient is Payton Collette.

Payton is the daughter of REALTOR Paul Collette and granddaughter of Patty Collette.  Payton is graduating from Oakmont Regional High School and will be attending University of Tampa to study Business.

Payton was a member of the National Honor Society and recieved the Midland Wachusett Interscholastic Academic Achievement Award. She played Field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Payton served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch 

In her spare time, Payton also has worked at the Wachusett Mountain as a customer service specialist.

Thank you to our judges. The selection criteria includes character, desire, scholastic ability and general involvement.  This scholarship is judged by individuals from the community who are not REALTORS. The judges are chosen from members of our communities including, chamber members, the media, educators, and civic leaders.