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We are happy to be able to offer scholarships to children from low-income households.
Estamos alegres de poder ofrecer becas a estudiantes con bajos ingresos.
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How to Apply
A registration fee of $25 per student per class is required. Space is limited. When submitting your registration, please inform us what amount you might be able to contribute to tuition.
Una cuota de inscripción de $25 por estudiante es requerida. Espacio limitado. Al presentar su inscripción, por favor infórmenos la cantidad que podría ser capaz de contribuir a la matrícula.
Download in English:
- Scholarship application (pdf)
Descargue en Español:
- Solicitud para becas (pdf)
- Return your application form to our Registrar. They will review them and give you a coupon code to use for registration.
- Entregue su solicitud y formulario de verificación de ingreso a nuestra registradora. Ella revisará sus documentos y le proveerá un código de descuento para uso durante su matriculación.
For more information, contact our Registrar.
Contáctenos para más información.
Help Make Scholarships Available to All
Our scholarships are made possible by the many people who donate to our Scholarship Fund.
Nuestras becas son posibles gracias a toda la gente que dona a nuestro fondo de becas.
Join these many generous donors, and make a Scholarship Fund gift here.
Considere hacer una donación a nuestro Fondo de Becas.
Named Scholarship Funds
We are proud to host special scholarship funds in honor/memory of those whose lives, interests and values have intersected with the Eliot School. Their legacy allows students to attend classes tuition-free.
To establish a named scholarship in honor of a loved one, please contact us for more information.
To donate to an existing scholarship fund, click here and mention the name of the fund in the Notes.
Sonja Schubert Calabi Scholarship for Textile Arts and
Lorenzo Calabi Scholarship for Woodworking
Dr. Calabi was born in northern Italy. The first of his several emigrations was to Switzerland during the Second World War, where he met Swiss-born Sonja Schubert at university. He attained his bachelor’s degree in German and his PhD in French; their early married life was in France. The Calabis came to this country on a Fulbright travel grant, when Lorenzo joined the wave of European professors who bolstered the US educational system in the 1950s. After teaching at Boston College, he became a pioneer in the computer industry. Mrs. Calabi, a self-taught art historian, applied her fluency in several languages and ability to engage in international circles to help grow a prominent Newbury Street gallery and to work as curator of a private collection of prints and books. She also volunteered as a docent in Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art.
Throughout their lives, the Calabis’ handwork covered a range from do-it-yourself fixing to pure creativity. When they bought a house that even in 1955 still had almost no wiring, Lorenzo consulted a library book on home electricity to wire the house himself; Sonja wallpapered, stenciled and painted. Lorenzo designed and made furniture and other objects from wood and metal. Sonja made clothes, embroidery and quilts of her own design. Their house was full of books and art – books in the bookcases that he built and art that they framed themselves. They taught their children about fonts and calligraphy by hand-cutting printing blocks, and made gift-wrap with potato prints. They engaged with the history and culture of their new country through traditional American artisanry, Lorenzo making metalwork lanterns and Sonja decorating wooden milk-pails.
Lorenzo and Sonja Schubert Calabi lived in Newton for more than 60 years, where they raised four children.
Their daughter recalls, “My parents thought that making things was a basic activity, part of the natural order of things. They believed in self-sufficiency and problem-solving. They also believed that functional objects should be beautiful. Pleasure and necessity, creativity and practicality, the satisfaction of making something and the satisfaction of using it, frugality and a love of fine things – all came together in hours spent making their home comfortable, efficient and beautiful by the work of their hands.”
Kevin Cradock Builders Youth Scholarship
The Scholarship provides interested youth with the opportunity to attend Eliot School classes tuition free. In addition, Kevin Cradock Builders will underwrite several woodworking classes for young people.
The scholarship aligns with Cradock’s approach to creating and craftsmanship. The Eliot School encourages curiosity about how materials are thought about, crafted and built into something excellent.
Kevin Cradock says, “The Eliot School is able to put tools and materials in the hands of students, help them forge a small connection with their surroundings, and possibly spark the beginning of a lifetime’s work with their hands. It something we are proud to be a part of and do for our community.”
Charlie Fox Scholarship
Over his time on the Eliot School board, Charlie has helped steward improvements to the Eliot schoolhouse, uncover our history, build the sustainability of our programs and guide a path toward expanding our facilities.
Charlie has lived in Jamaica Plain for more than forty years, and he served on the Eliot School board for almost 20. He says, “For my first twenty years in the neighborhood, I had no idea what went on inside of the 19th century yellow schoolhouse on Eliot Street.”
Charlie had passed and noticed the iconic building many times, but back in 2000 it was guarded by a chain link fence, pining for a fresh coat of paint, and looking mostly closed. Kevin Moloney, then Board Chair, invited Charlie to sit on the Board of Trustees. Charlie quickly fell for the school’s unique history and potential.
Since then, he has played a role in replacing the chain link fence with wrought iron, designing the storage shed and the wooden sign in the schoolyard, stabilizing facilities maintenance and influencing program growth and sophistication. He is proud that, under his watch, “the school has woven a colorful community of people who come together to teach, learn and celebrate manual arts and handicraft.”
Charlie recognizes the disparity in the school system between those who do and those who don’t have access to hands-on art-making and creative outlets. He feels hopeful for the students the Eliot School reaches through its partnerships. Through his Scholarship Fund, he hopes to reach more students and to promote the idea of intelligence involving hands, eyes and heart. He says, “Working with one’s hands can provide gratification and a sense of ownership and accomplishment, something all young people need to experience as they grow.”
Maggie Hill Scholarship
Long-time student Maggie Hill was a constant and cherished face at the Eliot School for over four decades. She took her first class at the age of 26, when she had just started her lifetime career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and continued with very few breaks until the age of 73. Throughout, she was active in her church and neighborhood, participating in missionary travels to Haiti and establishing a community garden.
Maggie’s story is about the impact of making and creating. It’s also about community. She began with upholstery and furniture repair classes, and refurbished almost everything in her living room (at least once).
After being diagnosed with cancer, no longer as agile as she once was, she found it difficult to transport big armchairs and dressers, so turned toward to sewing. Ventures to the Eliot Schoolhouse continued, now to make slipcovers, curtains and other embellishments for her house.
Maggie passed away in January 2020, surrounded by family and friends, loved by many.
The Maggie Hill Scholarship commemorates Maggie’s love for craft and spirit of generosity. It allows students to attend classes tuition free and share Maggie’s love for making and creating by hand. We are excited to honor one of the Eliot School’s most treasured and long-standing students.
“Oh, the fun and laughs that we’ve have had! The Eliot School is like my therapy. I look forward to class each week. It’s a peaceful experience to create something with your hands but I also enjoy the conversations. It’s a good group and you can always count on people to look out for you.” – Maggie Hill
Tim Ingles Scholarship
Tim Ingles was a musician who throughout his professional life taught young people and believed in the power of art to create joy.
Tim's musical career spanned over four decades. Named a Living Legend: African Americans Making History in 2006, he performed with Tony Award winning vocalists Melba Moore and Linda Hopkins and Rock 'n 'Roll Hall of Fame's Laverne Baker. He performed with jazz, funk and R&B legends Donald Byrd, Fred Wesley, Pharoah Saunders, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, Brute Force, Leon Thomas, Artimus Pyle and Webster Lewis. He toured the US and Europe with Grammy nominee Mighty Sam McClain, and collaborated as co-arranger with composer George Russell. He was a core member of the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble, and of WeJazzUp, playing at Slade's Bar & Grill and across the United States. Highlights over the years include Montreux and Lucerne Festivals, Montreal and Toronto Jazz Festivals, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and much, much more.
Tim taught at Tufts and Northeastern Universities and at the New England Conservatory of Music. He was artist in residence, lecturer and performer with music education programs including Boston Wang Center's Young at Arts, House of Blues' Blues Schoolhouse and Young Audiences. He was Musical Director for the Wang Citi Center's Eats & Beats performances in Boston's public schools.
Husband, brother, uncle, beloved family member, colleague, band member and friend, Tim endeared people to him with his twinkling eyes, ready smile and darkly sweet smattering of freckles, his generosity of spirit, his creativity and humor. He loved cooking, cars and the people in his life.
For seven years, Tim played bass at the Eliot School's annual friend-raising parties. His wife, Carolyn, sat for many years on the Eliot School's board. The Tim Ingles Scholarship Fund carries on Tim's legacy, affirming happiness through the arts.
Marilyn Mase Scholarship
Marilyn loves the continuity of age at the Eliot School, as children move successfully from one age group to the next, setting higher goals and facing new challenges together.
She is especially excited about Teen Bridge. She sees a dearth of local art programming as children pass through this crucial developmental stage. She says, “I’ve watched timid individuals blossom into proud, fearless artists, willing to learn and fail along the way. It's good to have teens find things that take them out of their immediate world. That's what I think is the importance of having the scholarships available to them.”
Marilyn teaches drawing and composition at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She makes prints and paintings at her studio at Boston Center for the Arts and is an active member of Full Tilt, a cooperative printmaking studio.
Nicole Murray Scholarship
Nicole joined the Eliot School staff when her three children were young and enjoying classes here. She witness the sense of excitement and accomplishment her children felt when building woodworking projects or making paintings—and she set out to bring these opportunities to children across Boston, in public schools, libraries and community centers.
She remembers asking herself, “What would it be like for kids who have never used oil pastels, or messy paint, or cool fabric, to make dolls or sculptures? What would it be like for them to do that on a regular basis with a teacher who’s excited and motivated, and to experience that spark of joy?”
For Nicole, the motivating factor behind growing the Partnership program was about equity and access to materials, experience and teachers. Through her Scholarship Fund, she wants to continue to offer this access to children and families throughout Greater Boston.
Before working at the Eliot School, Nicole practiced law in the area of affordable housing. She currently works in immigration law and continues her involvement on the Eliot School's Advisory Council.
Dick Piper Scholarship
Dick first realized his inclination for wood turning in high school but shifted his path to pursue a career in architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and spent years working and consulting, with a specialty in waterproofing buildings.
After six years of consultation work for Thompson & Lichtner, Inc, Dick started his own company, Richard Piper Architect, LLC. After more than 40 years in architecture, Dick retired to his home in Brookline with his wife, Ann Coles, and cat, Reese. There, he returned to his first love, wood turning. Dick eagerly worked on his lathe to create masterful plates, bowls and boxes.
At age 75, Dick Piper died after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. His wife Ann graciously donated his OneWay lathe and carving and sharpening tools to the Eliot School wood shop. We hope that our students will learn to create as masterfully and passionately as Dick during his lifetime. The Eliot School is grateful for Ann Coles’ generous gift. We honor Dick Piper with a named scholarship for the next generation of woodworkers.
Kendric Price Scholarship
Kendric played basketball on a Big Ten scholarship at the University of Michigan and later with the NBA's D-League and the Harlem Wizards. He worked as a financial analyst and as a basketball coach. He was assistant coach at University of Massachusetts Boston and Roxbury Community College, and coach at Brooke Charter High School and several local youth teams.
He founded Big Business Network to teach inner city boys the basics of business and finance, using basketball as a tool to build connections with eah other. In a 2012 Boston Globe article about Big Business Network, Kendric said, “I'm not saying I can change the world, but I’m planning to make a difference one child at a time.”
Kendric’s life was taken in the spring of 2019. Hundreds of Eliot School students and teachers contributed to create this scholarship in his name.