Our Organization.

Our organization, The College Club of Greater Lawrence, offers scholarships to students in the Greater Lawrence and Merrimack Valley area who graduate from high school and attend a four-year, degree-granting institution. Our goal is to provide an extra boost to those students and families to help them afford some of these additional expenses in the year ahead.

In 2018, we provided twelve $2,500 scholarships to deserving young students.

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we accept contributions to help us expand our reach and provide scholarships to students for years to come. Please consider donating to our cause.


Did you know…

Getting a college degree is more important than ever. However, recent studies show that the cost of higher education has increased 213% over the last 30 years. 1

In the 1980s, a public university cost around $3,190, and a private, four-year college cost $15,160. Today, that number has ballooned to $9,970 for a public institution, and $34,740 for a private institution.

In addition to tuition, other costs have grown, such as student fees, room and board ($9,000-$12,000), books ($1,200-$1,500 per semester), food, and other daily expenses.


CURRENT OFFICERS:

President: Catherine Burgess
Vice President: Karen Conte
Recording Secretary: Christine Horan
Corresponding Secretary: Leslie Kalafarski
Treasurer: Liz Davies

DIRECTORS:

Kathy Connors
Linda Friel
Brenda Lynch
Harriet Palmieri
Alison Puglisi
Jane Shawcross

FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Mary Comei
Kathy Fitzgerald
Mary Gregoire
Janice Makovitch

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE:

Marilyn Furnaro
Ellen Gaudiano
Mary Gregoire
Connie Reusch

PAST PRESIDENTS:

Miss Frances S. Keogh………………………………….1979-1981
Mrs. John Begley……………………………………….1981-1982
Miss Marjorie Lind Marr…….…………………………1982-1983
Mrs. Jordan J. Burgess………………………………….1983-1985
Mrs. Joseph D. McCloskey……………………………..1985-1987
Miss Maureen Haley……………………………….……1987-1989
Mrs. Joseph D. McCloskey….………………………….1989-1991
Miss Rose Grasso & Mrs. Eileen Endyke………………1991-1995
Miss Denise McCarthy………………………………….1995-1997
Mrs. Brenda Lynch………………………………………1997-1999
Mrs. Linda Lyons……………………………………….1999-2001
Mrs. Beverly K. Taylor………………………………….2001-2004
Mrs. Jane Shawcross…………………………………….2004-2006
Mrs. Linda Friel………………………………………….2006-2008
Mrs. Alison Puglisi………………………………………2008-2010
Ms. Colleen A. Carney………………………………….2010-2014
Ms. Molly Brown……………………………………….2014-2015
Ms. Catherine Burgess…………………………………..2016-2018
Miss Frances M. Brainerd……………………1920-1922
Mrs. Leon G. Beeley…………………………………1922-1924
Mrs. Charles D. Mackay……………………………..1924-1926
Mrs. Bryon R. Cleveland…………………………….1926-1928
Mrs. Wendell P. Abbott………………………………1928-1930
Miss Helen B. Mank………………………………….1930-1931
Miss Susanna T. O’Connor…………………………..1931-1932
Mrs. John A. Costello………………………………..1932-1933
Miss Marion D. Barker………………………………1933-1934
Mrs. Richard Brown…………………………………1934-1935
Mrs. Joseph P. Fingleton……………………………..1935-1936
Miss Katherine G. Hamblet………………………….1936-1937
Miss Marjorie L. Sherman………………………… 1937-1938
Mrs. Jean C. Campopiano……………………………1938-1939
Mrs. William Moynihan…………………………… 1939-1940
Miss Jane C. Sullivan……………………………… 1940-1942
Mrs. William Casey……….………………………… 1942-1943
Miss Marion Brown…….……………………………1943-1944
Miss Julia McCarthy…………………………………1944-1945
Miss Kathleen M. Doran….…………………………..1945-1946
Miss Margaret Donlan….…………………………….1946-1947
Miss Ruth E. Wright………………………………….1947-1948
Mrs. Edward F. Praetz………………………………..1948-1949
Mrs. Henry T. Furneaux………………………………1949-1951
Mrs. Eleanor M. Noonan……………………………..1951-1952
Miss Mary Virginia Gaines……………………………1952-1953
Mrs. Daniel F. Cahill………………………………….1953-1954
Mrs. William F. Fitzgerald……………………………1954-1955
Mrs. Joseph Shibel…………………………………….1955-1956
Mrs. Harry M. Briggs, Jr………………………………1956-1957
Mrs. Peter J. Valeska…….…………………………….1957-1958
Mrs. Alfred J. Fleischmann……………………………1958-1959
Mrs. William J. Driscoll……………………………….1959-1960
Mrs. John A. James……………………………………..1960-1961
Mrs. John A. Reardon…………………………………..1961-1963
Miss Marguerite M. Cooper…………………………….1963-1965
Mrs. Benjamin Peel, Jr………………………………….1965-1967
Miss Doris Parthum…………………………………….1967-1968
Mrs. James Grady………………………………….……1968-1969
Mrs. Bernard C. McDonough….……………………….1969-1971
Mrs. Arthur Jowett……….………………….………….1971-1973
Mrs. Frank Hammond….……………………………….1973-1975
Miss Gail Griffin……….……………………………….1975-1977
Miss Barbara I. Dillon…………………………………..1977-1979

1Study by CNBC. Additional resources on tuition costs:

https://www.wellsfargo.com/financial-education/college/how-much-college-costs/
https://www.savingforcollege.com/#