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Scholarship Title: Margaret Murach '79 Berkshire County Scholarship

Number Available : 1
Class: Sophomore | Need/Merit: Need, Merit | Enrollment: Full Time
FAFSA needed: Yes | minimum GPA: 3.00 | Renewable: No
Residency: Massachusetts
Eligibility: To provide a scholarship to a student entering his/her sophomore year. Eligible students will be from Berkshire County in Massachusetts; demonstrate financial need; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and an Estimated Family Contribution between $5,000 and $12,000.

Scholarship Legacy Information: Donald Freer established this scholarship in honor of his wife, Margaret Murach. Margaret (Murach) Apkin-Freer was born in Adams, Massachusetts and was raised in North Adams. She attended Durry High School and graduated with high honors in the National Honor Society in 1975. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from UMass Amherst in 1979. Her early professional career was spent working in the retail industry for: G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, CT; Filene's Department Store in downtown Boston; Marshalls, Inc. in Woburn, MA; and later as a Store Manager for Marshalls, Inc. in Latham, NY. She worked part- and full-time as a Special Events Coordinator and Development Coordinator for the Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 22 years. While at the Red Cross, she was honored with the Abby Brent Service Award and a Commendation from the Massachusetts State Senate in the early 90's. Margaret also served as the Director of Development for the Pittsfield Community Music School. Serving on the Board of Directors for the PCMS, the Kids' Place and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, she helped to expand those organizations' visibility and fulfill their missions. Margaret is the mother of Joshua, a graduate of Indiana University -Bloomington, and Elizabeth, a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University. She is a practitioner of yoga and a certified Reiki Master. Currently, Margaret is a self-employed Marketing and Development Specialist working primarily with non-profit organizations in Berkshire County where she and her husband, Donald, live with Petey, a Lhasa Apso and Frankie, a Teacup Maltese.

How to Apply: Online Application (see field below)
Application Instructions: In order to be considered for this scholarship, please complete the General Application using the link below. This is not an application specific to this scholarship. By completing the General Application, you will automatically be considered for several scholarships awarded by Financial Aid. Students must be intending to enroll for the following semester in order to be considered for Financial Aid scholarships.
Online Application:

Scholarship Coordinator
Financial Aid Services

Thank You Letter Salutation
Please address your thank you letter to:
Mr. Freer & Mrs. Apkin-Freer