Supporting Scholarships

Financial support for scholarships is one of the most direct and tangible ways that donors make a difference. Two scholarship funds are supported through individual, corporate and foundation support.

Education is an expensive investment. Because North Bennet Street School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, students are eligible for federal and state financial aid including Pell Grants and subsidized loans. To help meet the gap between financial aid and tuition and to ensure that everyone has equal access to the unique education at North Bennet Street School, the school is committed to building and maintaining robust scholarship funds.

Through the generous support of donors, more than $125,000 in scholarship grants have been awarded to students enrolled in the 2010 – 2011 school year.

thank you alumni...fenoglio challenge goal reached!

Earlier this year, the William R. Fenoglio Foundation challenged North Bennet Street School alumni with a generous grant of $10,000 to be used to build the President's Scholarship Fund by matching alumni gifts dollar for dollar.

Through the generosity of alumni, the Fenoglio Challenge goal was met before the close of the fiscal year. The $10,000 was raised through donations from more than 50 alumni, some who made their first gift to the school and others who made an additional gift above their annual amount. “As a proud North Bennet Street School alumnae, participating in the Fenoglio Challenge was a way to both give a gift in appreciation for all that I was taught at NBSS and double it through the generosity of the Fenoglio Foundation,” says McKey Berkman BB '11. “That's what alumni giving is all about - joining your colleagues in supporting a place that gave you excellent training, surrounded you with creative collaborators, launched your career and changed your life. Now that is something to celebrate with a gift!”

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President's scholarship fund

Current use scholarship assistance for today.

Gifts to the President's Scholarship Fund are used to make scholarship grants to incoming students for the following year.  One hundred percent of the value of the gift is given to students who meet the scholarship criteria. Current use scholarship gifts may be directed to a particular program – or the choice of program may be left up to the discretion of the School. Gifts to a current use scholarship fund can be made through the online donation form by selecting 'current use scholarship' or by contacting Christine Jankowski, Director of Development, at 617-277-0155 x170 /

The Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund – An Endowed Fund

Scholarship assistance for today and for the future

Walter McDonald

The Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund was established in June 2007.  The Fund is named after North Bennet Street School’s long-time Associate Director, Walter McDonald, who served the school for 35 years during the school’s transformation from a local trade school into an accredited and internationally-recognized school of fine craftsmanship and traditional trades.  
In the time since the Fund was launched in 2007, the school has raised over $700,000 including a significant matching gift from a generous anonymous foundation.  Today the Fund stands at over $1.2 million. 

Gifts to the Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund can be made on the school’s website by selecting the Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund or by contacting Christine Jankowski, Director of Development, at 617-277-0155 x170 /

Applying for Scholarship Assistance

Current and new students are encouraged to apply for scholarship assistance by completing the NBSS financial aid form and the online FAFSA form. Information and forms are online, or by contacting Director of Financial Aid Jamie Dergay by telephone at 617-227-0155 or by email at



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"Studying at NBSS has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Each morning, I wake up eager to get to school where pianos await and to not waste one minute once I’m there. Scholarship funds have had a dramatic impact on my ability to devote more time to pursue mastery of my craft." 

Mika’ele Toia, PT ’12