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Providing Lowell Students a “JUMP” on College

Lowell, MA – The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) is honored to announce the establishment of the JUMP START Scholarship Fund by the Aldrich Family Foundation in conjunction with Project Kompass, a nonprofit based in North Chelmsford. This scholarship provides funding to students who have had some challenges in their lives and who desire a brighter future by continuing their education through an accredited vocational training program, community college, or four-year college/university. The bi-annual scholarship provides $2,500 scholarships to students who are aged 18+ from Lowell or Lawrence (and surrounding communities.)

“Sometimes it takes a little support and encouragement to achieve one’s goals in life,” said David Aldrich, Trustee, Aldrich Family Foundation. “Towards that end, the JUMP START Scholarship fund is designed to provide financial resources to those individuals who may have experienced adversities in their lives and wish to pursue a dream through education and training. Our scholarships are open to vocational and/or technical training programs in addition to community colleges and universities.”

“By giving students the resources they need, donors are giving them more control of their situation, goals, and their entire future,” said Jennifer Aradhya, GLCF’s Vice President of Marketing, Programs & Strategy. “The JUMP START scholarship is unique in that past academic excellence is not a requirement. Rather, the focus is on potential and passion. I commend the Aldrich Family Foundation for providing this opportunity and managing the selection process. GLCF is proud to partner and manage their fund and distributions.”

Donations to any fund at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, including the JUMP START Scholarship Fund, can be made online at or by mail to the JUMP START Scholarship Fund c/o GLCF, 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852.

The JUMP START Scholarship application for fall opens October 2. For more information on this scholarship, please contact Dave Aldrich by email:

Scholarships play a significant role in helping GLCF achieve its mission to improve the quality of life for the Greater Lowell community. For more information, call 978-970-1600 to learn how the community foundation can help a donor establish a scholarship fund.

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