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Florence Evans Bushee Foundation, Inc.


Thank you for your interest in the Florence Evans Bushee Foundation, Inc.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please read the following eligibility guidelines carefully.

About Florence Evans Bushee

Florence Evans Bushee was born in December 1881 in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Florence Fowler and Wilmot Roby Evans.  The family moved to Boston, where her father was president of the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank for many years.  In 1907, her father purchased the Newman Farm near Old Town Hill in Newbury.  After his death in 1925, the farm was left to his daughter where she made her home for the next fifty years.  Mrs. Bushee was beloved by all who knew her – an accomplished horsewoman, a discerning collector and antiquarian, a kind friend to hundreds of individuals, and a generous benefactor.

During her lifetime Mrs. Bushee provided financial assistance to many young people for their college education.  Thanks to her foresight, the private foundation which she originally named for her father and which was renamed in her honor in 1986 by trustees continues each year to assist students from Newbury and neighboring communities who are seeking a college education.

Scholarship funds are made available annually to Newburyport High School, Triton Regional High School and Pentucket Regional High School.  Recipients are selected among the senior class by a scholarship committee at each school.  All other recipients are reviewed and selected by the Foundation directors.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Bushee Foundation limits its scholarship awards to students who, at the time of the application, are residents of Newbury (including Byfield), Newburyport, West Newbury or Rowley, Massachusetts.  High school seniors at Newburyport High School, Triton Regional High School, or Pentucket High School should apply at their respective Guidance Offices; all other applicants should apply directly to the Bushee Foundation (address below).  In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, students must first apply within five years of their high school graduation.

The Bushee Foundation provides up to four years of aid for students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program.  Recipients who successfully complete their freshman year are encouraged to apply directly to the Foundation for continued financial aid in subsequent years of an undergraduate degree program.

Applicants will be invited to a personal interview with the Bushee Foundation trustees during May or June between their freshman and sophomore years in college.  Applicants are required to have an interview with the trustees prior to their senior year in college in order to be eligible for a scholarship in their senior year.

The amount of an award is based on demonstrated financial need with an addition for grade point averages over 3.5.

Application and Deadline

Completed applications must be post marked by May 1st.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

If you received a scholarship last year, please apply online at  First time applicants are required to use the application form available below.

The following information is required for an application to be considered complete:

  • Completed two page application form
  • A letter (750 words or less) from the student describing his or her school work, activities and employment during the past year.
  • A copy of the first two pages of the student’s parent’s most recent 1040 tax form
  • The student’s first semester transcript

Click here for a copy of the application.


Successful applicants will be notified by mid-July.  Grant letters are sent to the student’s home address along with Certificates of Award/Eligibility.  These certificates need to be signed by the student and the College Bursar or Financial Aid Officer and returned to the Foundation office before payment of the grant can be issued.  Checks are issued payable to the college and may be applied against tuition, board, and school supplies.

Contact Us

Florence Evans Bushee Foundation, Inc. is administered at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State Street, Suite 800, Boston, Massachusetts. All Florence Evans Bushee Foundation correspondence should be directed to:

Marianne Herlihy
Foundation Administrator
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
60 State Street
Suite 800
Boston, MA 02109

Questions concerning the application or required documentation should be directed to Marianne Herlihy via email or by phone (617) 557-9776.