35 NewBridge on the Charles and Orchard Cove Employees Receive Scholarships

Residents of NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham and Orchard Cove in Canton, have awarded scholarships to their staff members who live in the greater Boston area.

BOSTON – Residents of NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham and Orchard Cove in Canton, both Hebrew SeniorLife senior living communities that offer the full continuum of care, have awarded scholarships to their staff members who live in the greater Boston area.

The Scholarship Funds were created by the residents of NewBridge and Orchard Cove to benefit their employees, many of whom have close relationships with residents. These programs are entirely resident-run and -funded, and all eligible employees are able to apply. Orchard Cove and Newbridge have separate resident committees that raise the scholarship funds and review applications.

"Education took me out of a New York Lower East Side tenement. The young adults at NewBridge deserve to have the same shot at life that many of us had through a good education. They will give back to our society, and they are the future of America,” said Jack Sobel, a NewBridge resident who supports the fund.

This year 21 employees from NewBridge and 14 employees from Orchard Cove were selected for awards. The recipients will attend 25 different institutions and pursue a wide variety of courses of study. They come from more than 20 local area cities and towns including: Bellingham, Boston, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Dedham, Holbrook, Mattapan, Milton, Nashua (NH), North Easton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Roslindale, South Easton, Stoughton, Taunton, Westford, and Worcester.  Many recipients have also received scholarships for several consecutive years.

Orchard Cove resident Nancy Connery added, “It is easy to feel helpless these days by the many overwhelming issues we all face. Volunteering and supporting the staff here—many who are from other countries—to continue their education feels like we are making a difference. This year three of the scholarship recipients came to the U.S. because of the earthquake in Haiti and suddenly had to make a life here. They applied for scholarships to take classes at local community colleges. Hearing how they are overcoming struggles on Awards Night when their Orchard Cove Mentors introduced them was powerful and inspiring. I often call Scholarship Awards Night the ‘most feel good evening of the year.’ It certainly was this year!”

Efforts are already underway to plan for scholarship awards in 2023.

“We are extremely thankful to our residents who initiated this scholarship program for up-and-coming employees,” said Orchard Cove Executive Director Aline Russotto. “For many of these staff members, the scholarships make the difference in being able to afford higher education. We so look forward to seeing how these employees make their marks at Orchard Cove and NewBridge and beyond.”
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