Students from Three Local Counties Eligible for Doherty Fund Scholarships at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Four students from Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin counties who attend or plan to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst - and have a demonstrated financial need - will be awarded scholarships this spring from the Louis W. and Mary S. Doherty Scholarship Fund. The fund provides eligible students with between $4,000 and $5,000 each academic year. It can also be used in concert with any matching contributions from University donors.

The Doherty scholarships were created by the family and friends of the late Louis W. and Mary S. Doherty to reflect their commitment to young people and to help boost the economy of the region. Applications for next fall’s round of Doherty scholarships including supporting documents must be received by April 15. Individuals requesting applications should send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Education Office, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, 1500 Main St., P.O. Box 15769, Springfield, MA 01115.

Students from the area receiving Doherty scholarship funds this year are:

Gouzhu Li of Amherst, a first-year student. An honor roll student at Amherst Regional High School, he was active in school activities, worked at part-time jobs throughout high school, participated in school sports, tutored students from other schools, and took part in community projects.

Phung T.K. Lang of Springfield, a candidate for a master’s degree in public health with a 3.8 grade point average. A member of the National Honor Society for three years and the physics club for two years, she volunteered at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and the Newton-Wellesley nursing home, worked as a lab assistant and Girl Scout troop leader, and as a tutor at the University.

Elisabeth Hoyt of Shelburne Falls, a first-year student, who ranked second out of a class of 103 at Mohawk Trail Regional High School. She worked part-time during school and full-time for the past two summers. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish club, was involved in high school track and swimming, and volunteered for community activities.

Scholarships are awarded for one year at a time, but students may receive them more than once.

The Doherty scholarships are part of a large comprehensive clearinghouse for scholarships and loans at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.