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 50 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 directors 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, Rowley, or Salisbury Massachusetts. All 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 may reapply for continued financial aid in subsequent years of an undergraduate degree program.

Applicants will be invited to a personal interview with the Bushee Foundation directors during May or June between their freshman and sophomore years in college. Applicants are required to have an interview with the directors 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 additional award for grade point averages over 3.5.

Application and Deadline

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 school year has passed. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be due on May 1st, 2023. The online application portal will be available on or around January 1st, 2023. Please check back at that time for updated guidelines and a link to our online application portal.

In order for the Foundation to consider an application, it must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • A copy of the first two pages, ONLY, of the parent(s) of the student's most recent IRS 1040 tax form. Federal form only, we do not need state filings. Please submit as a PDF (photos of tax forms will not be accepted).
  • The student’s most recent transcript (students are required to send a copy of their second semester transcript when it becomes available.)

Notification

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 a grant check made payable to the college may be issued. Scholarship funds may be applied against tuition, board, and school supplies.

Contact Us

Florence Evans Bushee Foundation, Inc. is administered at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 75 State Street, 16th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts. All Florence Evans Bushee Foundation correspondence should be directed to:

Rita Goldberg
Grants Manager
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
75 State Street
16th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Questions concerning the application or required documentation should be directed to Rita Goldberg via email rgoldberg@hembar.com or by phone (617) 557-9766.