Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund

Their dreams should be unlimited.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." --Eleanor Roosevelt

The Schuman Scholarship Fund was established to provide one or more one-time scholarships each year to special education students (with an IEP) graduating from schools in Franklin or Hampshire County, and moving on to a two-year or four-year higher education institution. The Schuman Fund offers a unique opportunity to nourish their dreams so that they may bloom and grow. Scholarships are in the amount of $500 toward college costs.

To Apply for a Schuman Scholarship

Students must complete: 

  • Student and Parent Information
  • Personal Statement
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of Unofficial Transcript

Applications are open for 2021, and must be postmarked or submitted to our secure online platform by May 17th. The instructions for uploading additional documents can be found in the electronic form. Please do not email application materials.

PDF iconDownload the PDF application here to submit by mail.

Open the online application here, complete, and upload your additional documents to submit online.

Applications and materials should be mailed to:

Sherry Smith, Director of Special Education

Attn. Schuman Scholarship Application
Collaborative for Educational Services
228 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Applications are reviewed each year during the month of May, and finalist(s) selected and notified by early June. Applications should be posted no later than May 17th.

About Joan E. Schuman

Dr. Joan Schuman led the Collaborative for Educational Services as Executive Director for over twenty successful years. Creating and nurturing programs to provide the highest quality education for underserved students has been an integral part of her career. In all of that work, she has been focused on providing the right support to learners so that every student can find success.


The Collaborative for Educational Services is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit educational services agency.

Tax deductible donations may be made online by credit card, or by check payable to the Collaborative for Educational Services, noting the After School Fund in your notes field. If you choose to donate offline, please provide your name, address, and email address (if available). Checks should be mailed to:

 Attn. Administrative Services - Giving
Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060






Schuman Scholarship Award Recipients

Joseph Ackerman attended HEC Academy, and graduated from Northampton high school. Joseph went on to Holyoke Community College, and planned to study business, biology, or criminal justice. Curious by nature, Joseph loves providing support to people in need, and participated as a Counselor in Training with Nature's Classroom. He's excited to take on leadership responsibilities and says, "I have a strong desire to prove myself as a resourceful and capable leader."

Patrick Monaghan graduated from Franklin County Technical High School. His goal was to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology. Patrick is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Interactive and Emerging Media, and has a great love for musical theater and the performing arts. "I want to be part of and to contribute to the development and creation of new interactive technologies that will entertain, support, teach, and help heal others."

Avery Riddle attended HEC Academy and graduated. His plan: to study art and psychology at Greenfield Community College. "I would like to create a portfolio containing visual representations of mental illness that I hope will help provide a universal medium through which understanding and compassion can emerge."

Tessa Santor attended HEC Academy and graduated. She planned to study nursing at Holyoke Community College , and eventually to become a midwife. She is the first member of her family to graduate high school, and will be the first to attend college. 

Kevin Ryder attended HEC Academy, and graduated. His plan was to pursue a degree in IT Management at Holyoke Community College. He told us, "There have been times when I felt like giving up, bouncing from foster home to foster home all over the state. But I made it through."

Dakota Ford attended HEC Academy, CES’s alternative high school in Northampton, and graduated from Greenfield High School. While at the Academy Dakota took courses at Holyoke Community College where he continues his post-secondary education today. Dakota is a talented musician, who writes his own music and plays the guitar; and he is pursuing his interest in computers and photography. 

Kianna Pickney-Brown graduated from Granby Public High School. Kianna attended high school as a dedicated and conscientious student, while holding down a job and completing an internship working with elderly patients at an area nursing home. She is one of the first recipients of the Schuman Scholarship, and attended college to pursue a Liberal Arts degreee. Her dream is to become a writer. Kianna says: "The journey doesn't seem so overwhelming anymore. this is not a journey that I have to accomplish by myself. No matter how difficult college may get, I won't give up. I'll walk across that stage and successfully receive my college degree like everyone else."

Marquie Ann Gardner graduated from Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Her teachers speak of her as a leader who helps other students without being asked, or expecting something in return. Marquie successfully completed an American Red Cross CNA certification course while attending high school, and her goal is to become a Registered Nurse. She is working hard to put herself through college to achieve this goal.