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  • WPS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Call for Volunteers
    Were sports an important part of your high school career? Do you have a student athlete in the Worcester Public Schools? The Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking members to help identify outstanding alumni athletes and plan the spring banquet in May. Proceeds from the event support teams through the purchase …
  • WEDF Announces Honorees for 11th Annual Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is proud to announce the 2022 Class of Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools. A celebration of their achievements will be held on October 27, 2022 at the College of the Holy Cross. Honorees are:Orlando Baxter – EntertainerNina Barber and Miriam Barber (posthumous) – EducatorsBrian D’Andrea – …
  • WEDF Congratulates 2022 Scholarship and Award Recipients
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce 2022 scholarship and award recipients, including the Dr. Lee Gurel Award for Teaching and Learning Advanced Placement English, Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships, the Nina and Miriam Barber Scholarship, North High Alumni Association Scholarships, and the Ryan P. Quinn Memorial Award. Dr. Lee Gurel Award Recipients: Bryce Maloney …
  • Connected Scholars: 2022 Computer Scholarships
    Last year, WEDF started Connected Scholars, a scholarship program that provides college-bound seniors with brand new laptops for graduation. In 2021, WEDF presented 31 seniors with computers; this year 50 seniors received them.  A recent grant for the class of 2023 has been received and WEDF will continue soliciting donations for this program. We extend …
  • WEDF Announces Spring 2022 Mini-Grant Recipients
    In Spring 2022, the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. funded more than $9,500 in mini-grants for educators in the Worcester Public Schools. The grants funded extraordinary projects to enhance and enrich teaching and learning in WEDF’s areas of focus: Arts and Culture, College and Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. …
  • WPS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be Held on May 13, 2022
    The Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022.  The ceremony will be held at Worcester Union Station.  A reception at 5:00 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The WPS Athletic Hall of Fame selects and honors deserving athletes, coaches, teams, and other outstanding contributors …
  • WEDF Welcomes New Board Members
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce four new additions to our Board of Directors.  See a full board list here. Jermoh Kamara, MPH, CHES Jermoh Kamara is a Worcester Public Schools graduate having attended Canterbury Street School, Sullivan Middle, and South High where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Vice …
  • Nominations Open for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools Awards!
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the annual Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools awards! The program was established in 2011 by WEDF to honor and recognize alumni of Worcester Public Schools who: Have made exemplary contributions to their professional fields, the Worcester community, Worcester …
  • Connected Scholars Campaign Reaches Half-Way Mark
    Connected Scholars, a WEDF initiative designed to provide computer scholarships for students in the Worcester Public Schools, is half-way to its goal for the 2021/2022 school year. $40,000 has been raised thus far, which will equip 50 students with new laptops for the next phase of their education. Working closely with guidance counselors in the …
  • Mini Grants for Teachers Available Spring 2022
    Made possible by the Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools event, the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., individual donations, and the general funds of the WEDF The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF), founded to improve educational opportunities for the students and teachers in the Worcester Public Schools, announces the …
  • Family Establishes Nina and Miriam Barber Scholarship
    Nina and Miriam Barber were sisters who graduated from North High School, Nina in the class of 1928 and Miriam in the class of 1929. Raised by their mother in a single-parent home, they were encouraged by their great aunt to go on to college. Both graduated from Middlebury College and became teachers of world …
  • WEDF Announces Honorees for 10th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards event. This year’s honorees are: Sydney Taylor Brown – Educator/Social Services Leader (posthumous)Enmanuel “Manny” Familia – Public Safety Hero (posthumous)John Goldsberry, M.D. – PhysicianMary Beth Bolduc Heffernan – Artist/Professor …
  • What’s Next for Recent Worcester Grads?
    As we prepare to kick off the 2021-2022 school year, we’re still celebrating our recent graduating Worcester Public Schools class of 2021!  So many Worcester alumni go on to do amazing things in their lives and careers. To celebrate the post-secondary pursuits of our WPS grads, we wanted to share this amazing list. Worcester Public …
  • Ryan P. Quinn Memorial Award and Mary Murphy Spirit Award Recipients Announced
    The Board of Directors of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF), is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Ryan P. Quinn Memorial Award is Talya Horton, a recent graduate of Burncoat High School and an accomplished student-athlete. Maggie McCarthy is the recipient of the Mary Murphy Spirit Award and is also …
  • WEDF Launches “Connected Scholars” Computer Scholarship Program
    In Spring 2020, the Worcester Educational Development Foundation (WEDF) announced the launch of its Connected Kids Campaign, designed to support Worcester Public Schools’ urgent goal of providing every student with a computer. The district identified the additional funds it needed to make this goal happen. With the support of WEDF, we are pleased to say …
  • WEDF Congratulates Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarship and Dr. Lee Gurel Award Recipients
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships and the Dr. Lee Gurel Award for Teaching and Learning Advanced Placement English. Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships Betty Reidy was a North High graduate who was a lifelong Worcester resident who dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for …
  • Nominations Now Open for our Distinguished Alumni Awards!
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the annual Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools awards! This is a very special edition of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, as it’s the 10th anniversary of the program. The program was established in 2011 by WEDF to honor and …
  • Worcester Alumni & Friends: A Place for Alumni and Supporters to Gather
    We are thrilled to announce our brand new online community Worcester Alumni & Friends, which will allow us to establish greater connections with our graduates and the community. Through this new alumni network, all Worcester Public Schools alumni, supporters and community members will be able to stay connected and receive regular updates and news articles. …
  • WEDF 2019/2020 Annual Report
    OUR ANNUAL IMPACT:• Field trip experiences for more than 22,000 students• Warm winter outerwear for over 2,500 children• College prep for hundreds of students• Mini-grants for creative teachers• Technology, uniforms, instruments, and more  “As we celebrate this holiday season of giving, I look back over the past accomplishments of WEDF with pride, appreciation and affection …
  • Major Taylor Association Supports WEDF’s Connected Kids Campaign
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation thanks the Major Taylor Association for its generous contribution to our Connected Kids campaign. The funds have provided Worcester Public Schools students with Chromebooks, a much needed resource during the district’s shift to remote learning. Leveling the playing field was central to the struggles and successes of 1899 world cycling champion …
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