INVESTING IN EDUCATION
We believe that education can transform the lives of the youth and young adults by preparing them for their educational and professional careers. Funding a scholarship can make a significant difference in a student’s life. We understand the success of our youth will have a positive effect not only on themselves but also on the community as a whole.
WeCare Youth Scholarship
This scholarship was created to inspire our youth to work hard both in School and out. Encouraging young people to utilize what they've learned to make a positive impact on their community and rewarding them because they strive to do better is our goal.
Elizabeth Van Marter Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship was created by Richard VanMarter in honor of his mother Elizabeth D. VanMater. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students residing in Bridgeport and attending Housatonic Community College. Elizabeth D. VanMarter was born on March 25, 1920, in Wilkes - Barre, PA, a daughter of George and Lenora (Baker) Griesmer. A local resident since 1978, she previously lived in Mt. Kisco, NY where she was employed by AT&T, first as an operator and then in management. Mrs. VanMarter was a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church and had served on the Pastor - Parish Relations Committee. She was a member of the Roe Jan Young at Hearters, a volunteer for the Roe Jan Area Food Pantry, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Lucille Bish Performing Arts Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship was created by WeCare Board Members to honor the memory of Lucille Elizabeth Bish as well as to assure that her legacy and advocacy of education, the arts, and social justice continues for years to come. Lucille E. Bish was a life-long resident of this city of Bridgeport who graduated from Warren Harding High in 1966. Lucille was a retired social worker for the City of Bridgeport where she served for twenty-eight years. She attended the First Baptist Church of Stratford where she served on the Progressive Ministry. Lucille volunteered for the Democratic Party, Swim Across the Sound, the Women's Auxiliary of the Colonel Charles Young American Legion Post #140, the East End Reunion Committee, the North End Community Garden, the Grandparent Program for the City of Bridgeport public school system and was a beloved and outspoken member of WeCare Community Center, Inc.
The Educator award honors extraordinary individuals in the education field, going above and beyond the normal call of duty to educate the leaders of tomorrow. The WeCare board members believe that education is paramount in improving a society that divides us. We see our scholarship program and recognize educators as a vital component of our effort to build a better life for ourselves and for our children.