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March 2011
New Scholarship Honors Hillcrest Leader 03/04/2011

The staff and Board members of Hillcrest Educational Centers have established a scholarship fund at Berkshire Community College (BCC). The new scholarship, which will be known as The Gerard E. Burke Hillcrest Educational Centers Scholarship, honors Burke on the occasion of Hillcrest Educational Center's 25th Anniversary.

The scholarship has been endowed through a donation of $5,000 by employees and Directors of Hillcrest Educational Centers to honor Burke and to express their gratitude for his outstanding leadership over the past 25 years. The scholarship will be administered by the Berkshire Community College Foundation.

Hillcrest Executive Vice President Shaun Cusson said, "The staff had voiced a desire to do something special to honor Jerry. Many suggestions were offered, from buying him a trip, to making a donation in his name. We knew the most meaningful way to honor Jerry, would be to support the field he loves so much."


BCC President Paul E. Raverta said, "We are thrilled that this new scholarship fund is in honor of Jerry Burke, a valued member of the community. This certainly recognizes Jerry's commitment to community leadership and the respect and admiration the Hillcrest staff have for him."

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a BCC student who demonstrates a commitment to pursuing either a degree in special education or certificate in a Human Services-related area of study. It may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and materials for students enrolled at BCC. First preference for the scholarship will be given to employees of Hillcrest and their family members, and particularly students who do not have a prior degree.

Burke is president of Hillcrest and serves on the Board of Directors for numerous local organizations. "Over the years, community service to the people of Berkshire County, has been among my most personally rewarding and satisfying experiences," said Burke. "I am humbled to be recognized by the Hillcrest staff and board members whose passion and commitment to children and families with special needs is unequaled."

Scholarship requirements:

  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to a BCC student who demonstrates a commitment to pursuing either a degree or a certificate in a Human Services related area of study.
  • The scholarship may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and materials.
  • To be qualified, current students will have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • First preference for the scholarship will be given to employees of Hillcrest Educational Centers
  • and their family members.
  • First preference will also be given to students who do not have a prior degree.
  • Candidates for the scholarship will be selected by the BCC Scholarship Committee


To apply for the Gerard E. Burke Hillcrest Educational Centers Scholarship, or for more information about the scholarship, please contact Berkshire Community College.


About Berkshire Community College Foundation

The Berkshire Community College Foundation is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation, organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Foundation, which is fiscally and legally separate from the College, was established to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of Berkshire Community College in accordance with its mission. More information is available at www.Berkshirecc.edu.




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