Students with financial needs who exhibit academic achievement, dedication to assisting people (in schools, in their neighborhood, or at home), a good work ethic, and leadership traits are eligible for renewable, four-year scholarships from the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund.
WHO IS STEPHEN PHILLIPS?
Stephen Phillips, who was born in 1907, came from a well-known Salem, Massachusetts family that had long participated extensively in the town’s post-American Revolutionary War merchant sailing era.
After graduating from Harvard in 1929, He started working for the family business. He battled tuberculosis during those years and frequently sought treatment. It was also on a visit to Saranac Lake in New York that he met Betty Wright, the woman who would become his wife and was looking for therapy for brucellosis.
Their shared love for ham radio led them to each other, and they soon got married and moved in next door to Stephen’s family’s house at 34 Chestnut Street in Salem.
After getting married, the couple was very passionate about assisting youngsters in pursuing a college education, which was often out of reach for residents of Salem. Mrs. Phillips had a particular passion for helping students earn their college degrees because she had struggled on her own for years to accomplish her master’s degrees owing to financial constraints and health concerns.
Betty Phillips set out to create a sizable scholarship fund after Stephen Phillips passed away in 1971 in order to assist college students with little financial resources in achieving their academic goals. Mrs. Phillips started the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund twenty years after her husband’s passing. Mrs. Phillips was involved in choosing the scholarship recipients from 1991 until her passing in 1996. Over 4,400 students have received more than $70 million in scholarship aid since the foundation started awarding scholarships.
Acting in accordance with her husband’s intentions at the time of his passing, Mrs. Phillips offered her husband’s boyhood house to the public in addition to creating the Phillips Scholarship Fund.
FAMILY HISTORY OF PHILLIPS
Deacon Stephen Phillips, the first Stephen Phillips, and his wife Elizabeth resided in Marblehead. Stephen, their son (born in 1761) joined the merchant sea. He was given leadership of a ship owned by Elias Hasket Derby when he was in his early 30s. Over the following seven years, he earned enough money to purchase ownership stakes in five trade vessels. This second Stephen Phillips established the family’s charitable legacy by contributing money to buy land and construction supplies for a church in Salem, where he and his wife Dorcas had relocated.
HOW TO APPLY
• Examine the requirements for applying for the scholarship.
• Review The Award Information
• Examine the Financial Requirements
• Examine our College Costs List.
• Collect the subsequent financial records:
1. FAFSA’s Student Aid Report (SAR)
2. The college’s financial assistance award letter
3. Information on Parent and Student Earnings
4. Tuition, fees, and room and board costs (meal plans) only if your college is not on our list of the costs of attending college.
THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL FOR THE 2023–2024 SESSIONS
University students who are receiving or have previously received a Phillips Scholarship grant are eligible to apply. The submission cutoff is February 1st, 2023 at noon. If you are unclear whether to utilize this application or not, please email the office and once all applications have been submitted, each candidate will be informed about their 2023–2024 award. By the end of June, official notices and the acceptance agreement will be delivered.
FOR CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENTS
The New Applications for College Students for 2023–2024. New applicants who have finished at least one semester of college and have never been given a Phillips Scholarship award are eligible to apply. May 1st, 2023, at noon, is the cutoff time. The application should be started as soon as feasible so that recommendation systems have enough time to submit their details. An email with a link to a customized reference form for the student is sent to the recommender as soon as an applicant inputs a recommender’s data in the form and saves the application. By May 4th, 2023, all materials for recommendations must be turned in.
Interested persons can now apply here