Worcester Public Schools College Matriculation 2020

At WEDF, we know that Worcester Public Schools alumni go on to do amazing things. To celebrate our college-bound WPS grads, we wanted to share this list of over 100 institutions in more than 20 states WPS grads will be attending.

2020 WPS College Matriculation

  • Adelphi University
  • Andrews University
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Bentley University
  • Berry College
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Catherine E. Hinds Institute of Esthetics
  • Central State University
  • Champlain College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clark University
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Concord University
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Delaware State University
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College – Boston
  • Endicott College
  • Fairfield University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • FINE Mortuary College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Framingham State University
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Full Sail University
  • Georgia State University
  • Gordon College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard College
  • Hollins University
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Johnson & Wales University, Providence
  • Keene State College
  • Lasell University
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Lincoln Technical Institute – Rhode Island
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marist College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
  • MassBay Community College
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlebury College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • New England College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Nichols College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Norwich University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
  • Porter and Chester Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Regis College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rob Roy Academy
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roger Williams University
  • Sacramento City College
  • Salem State University
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • St. John’s University
  • Stonehill College
  • Terra State Community College
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Peterson School
  • Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
  • Tufts University
  • United States Navy
  • Union College – Schenectady
  • United States Army
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Maine
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • University of New England
  • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of South Carolina-Aiken
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Vermont
  • Utica College
  • Valencia College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University

Did You Know?

WEDF is working to build Worcester Alumni & Friends, a network for alumni, teachers, parents, and friends of the Worcester Public Schools.

IPG Photonics Supports WEDF’s Connected Kids Campaign

Worcester Educational Development Foundation thanks IPG Photonics for its significant contribution to our Connected Kids campaign. The funds will provide Worcester Public Schools students with Chromebooks, and supports the district’s commitment to a 1:1 student to device ratio.

IPG Photonics is a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers with world headquarters in Oxford, MA and is committed to giving back to its communities, funding educational programs and improving our environment for future generations. WEDF is grateful for IPG’s support!

To learn more about the Connected Kids campaign, or to donate, click here.

Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships Awarded

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is please to announce the recipients of the Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarship. As a testament to her commitment to children and families, Reidy’s family has established this Scholarship for North High School graduates who intend to pursue a course of study and career in nursing, education, social work, counseling, or the ministry. We heartily congratulate Karina Herreira, Jocelin Kegbeth, Maria Morfe, Sara Sebbai, Abigail Boafo, and Dalena Le.

Mrs. Reidy, a North High School graduate and lifelong Worcester resident, dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for individuals in our community. She graduated from Emanuel College, received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College, and later an Honorary Doctorate from Assumption College. She nurtured her own children to go on and become highly successful individuals.  

Worcester Red Sox Donate Ceremonial First Pitch to Benefit WEDF Campaign

WEDF extends a special thank you to Charles Steinberg and the Worcester Red Sox for donating the ceremonial first pitch at a Worcester Red Sox Game at Polar Park as an auction item to benefit our Connected Kids campaign. Congratulations and thanks go out to the winner of the item, Peter Caparso of Worcester.

To learn more about WEDF’s Connected Kids campaign or to donate, click here.

WEDF Presents Gurel Award to North High Student and Teacher

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is please to announce that the 2020 Dr. Lee Gurel Award for Teaching and Learning in Advanced Placement English has been awarded to student Lily Gandolfo of North High School and her teacher, Courtney Brousseau. Each year, the student honoree is chosen by lottery from the pool of WPS students who receive the highest score on the AP English exam.

Worcester Public Schools alumni Dr. Lee Gurel established this award in 2006 in honor of his 8th grade english teacher, Miss Wilmot, at Woodland Street Preparatory School. He donated an endowment for the award to thank the Worcester Public Schools for the educational foundation he received that prepared him to become a nationally recognized psychologist.

COVID-19 Message

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. is responding to COVID-19 by doing whatever we can to keep pursuing our mission of supporting the students and teachers in the Worcester Public Schools. 

Our staff is staying safe by working remotely, but our services are up and running and we are ready to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions at 508-688-4773 or info@wedfwps.org.

2020 Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame honors Worcester’s elite competitive athletes.

The Hall of Fame was created to both honor our best athletes but also highlight the incredible diversity and the lifelong spirit of sportsmanship that Worcester’s athletes exemplify.

2019-2020 Inductees:

  • Robert Bailey – Burncoat High School
  • Stephen Brunelle – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Lenny Carlson – North High School
  • Richard Eid – Classical High School
  • Robert Goodney – Worcester Trade High School
  • Steven Hennigan – South High School
  • John McGrath – North High School
  • Michelle Legacy Montville – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Michael Lynch – South High School
  • Tijean Pluverge – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Matthew Powers – Burncoat High School
  • Jewel White – Doherty Memorial High School

Christina Chappell Joins WEDF as Advancement Associate

WEDF is proud to announce and welcome Christina Chappell as the organization’s Advancement Associate. Chappell will be responsible for supporting the work of the WPS Alumni Network, handling communications, and assisting with development.

Chappell holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Tufts University, and an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. Her career has always focused on education. She spent her early career in residential environmental education, and briefly taught in the Worcester Public Schools before becoming Manager of Education at the EcoTarium. After almost six years at the museum, Chappell is excited to help WEDF support the students and teachers of the Worcester Public Schools.

WEDF Announces Fall, 2019 Mini-Grants

 The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. is funding $ 6536 in mini-grants for educators in the Worcester Public Schools for programs that will enhance and enrich teaching and learning.

The programs align with curriculum and at least one of WEDF’s four main areas of focus:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Culture and Arts
  • College and Career Readiness
  • STEM

The grants are funded through WEDF’s annual Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools event. 

The request for proposals and a technical assistance session was offered to all instructional personnel in the Worcester Public Schools. A broad-based committee included representatives from the community and district and also included high school students.

2019 Mini-Grant Award Recipients

Belmont CommunityMegan SheaHoop Designs
Worcester East MiddleAnn Marie MorrisseyIndoor Plants
Thorndyke RoadTheresa RiveraTRS Composts
Burncoat MiddleMeredith LordPainting Project
Burncoat MiddleVictoria CaezzaWhat’s the Matter with Color?
May StreetLuke RobertFull STEM Ahead
Burncoat Middle & HighSarah ConnellLet’s Build Ballpark
Midland StreetNoeliz IrizarryCreating a Classroom Museum
Columbus ParkKathy MartinelliAnimals are Everywhere
South HighEmilie RichmondTravel to the Olympiad
Grafton StreetGretchen SavariaPhy Ed Fiasco
Worcester TechKyle BrennerGrowing Technical Skills
Thorndyke RoadBrenda DubreyKids in the Kitchen
Chandler MagnetZohar BadenhausenWeather Station
West TatnuckEllen MoynihanSTEAM in the Art Room
Lincoln StreetMichelle GabrielianRecharge and in Charge
Doherty HighStacey HillCalculate Carbon Storage

9th Annual Class of Distinguished Alumni & Friends Awards

The 9th Class of Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Banquet and Awards program will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

These awards honor and recognize WPS alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving outstanding success in academics, the arts, business, community service, humanitarian efforts, research, and other fields. Award recipients have made exemplary contributions to their professional fields, and serve as distinguished role models for Worcester Public Schools students.

2019 Award Recipients

Matthew Aselton – Entertainment Director
Penelope Bitzas – Performing Artist/Educator
Megan Condron Smith – Investment Professional
Diane Benson Davis – Conservationist
David Greene – Educational Leader
Matt Mattus – Horticulturalist/Author
Lester McCorn – Educational and Spiritual Leader
John Morello (Posthumous) – Decorated War Hero
Donna Olsen Red Wing (Posthumous) – Social Pioneer
Jonathan Starr – Investment Professional/Philanthropist

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