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BCC Foundation Announces Scholarships for High School and Home School Student Programs
Jun 13, 2012
The Berkshire Community College Foundation has announced that scholarship applications are available for High School and Home School Student Programs. The Alexander M. Bashara Scholarship and the Samantha Inman Scholarship will be awarded to home schooled or high school age students, respectively, to assist with tuition, fees and/or books for courses taken at Berkshire Community College (BCC).

BCC offers all eligible high school age students the opportunity to take one college level course without charge each semester. These scholarships can assist students with the purchase of books for the free course, or tuition, fees and books for a second course. Students should confirm necessary pre-requisites with their high school guidance office.

Samantha Inman, who grew up in Berkshire County, endowed a scholarship in her name to "identify smart students who may not have the financial means to otherwise jumpstart their education by attending college programs." A similar program allowed her to simultaneously complete St. Joseph Central High School in 2001 and the business administration program at BCC the same year. She then went on the earn a bachelor's degree in finance, graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors, from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst in 2003.

Ms. Inman is currently a Principal and nationally recognized expert in life, accident, disability and absence benefits at Mercer, a global human resources consultancy with offices in Boston, Hartford, Norwalk and forty plus other cities. Mercer's parent, Marsh & McLennan Companies, through its Matching Gifts to Education program provided a match of Ms. Inman's contribution for the creation of this scholarship.

Alex Bashara was a home schooled student who began taking classes at BCC, looking for greater challenges. During his time at BCC he found personal fulfillment, success and confidence. Alex was a well-loved and well-respected young man who had planned to study for a degree in engineering, but he died accidently in a snowboarding accident in March 2006 at the age of 15, This scholarship was created in his memory to assist home schooled students on a similar path. He was the son of Mark and Hilary Bashara and brother of Arianna, of Lanesboro.

Applications are available at high school guidance offices, online at, or by contacting Ann Phillips at the BCC Foundation, 413-236-2185 or Students must complete the application form, obtain a letter of recommendation, and write a personal statement. Applications are reviewed monthly and students may use the scholarship funds for classes beginning September 2012 or January 2013.


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