The NCECP provides two $1000 scholarships each year to Massachusetts high school seniors who are continuing on to college in the following fields:
- Animal / environmental (Major the Polar Bear scholarship)
- Educational (Future Educators scholarship)
To be considered eligible for either of these scholarships, download and complete the scholarship application and mail to the NCECP by May 26th.
“Major the Polar Bear” Scholarship
This scholarship was established in partnership with Stoneham Savings Bank to honor “Major the Polar Bear” of Stone Zoo fame. At the time of his death, Major was the oldest known polar bear in captivity at 33 years old. He was the “poster bear” that galvanized the community to successfully fight for the re-opening of the zoo after its brief closure in the early 1990s. Students applying for this scholarship should be focused in an animal or environmental field, such as zoology, environmental science, veterinary, etc.
Future Educators Scholarship
The scholarship originated as a way to honor the mission of the National Coalition for Educational and Cultural Programs, which began as an organization focused on early childhood education. Students interested in this scholarship must be focused on a career within the education field (at any level) and should be involved in some form of community service.