Berkshire County Arc one of two entities offering scholarships

PITTSFIELD — There's plenty of time left in the currrent school year, but when it comes to applying for scholarships next year is already taking precedence.

A social services agency and an energy company are both offering academic scholarships for the 2018-19 school year, one for undergraduate studies, the other for postgraduate programs.

Berkshire County Arc recently announced its 2018 scholarship award program. High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will be given consideration. The application deadline is Friday.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services and academic achievement. An independent panel of community members will select the winners and determine the amount of each award up to the scholarship maximum of $1,500. The awards are made possible through fundraising efforts including Berkshire County Arc's Annual Golf Classic.

Applications are available through area high school guidance offices or by contacting the Berkshire County Arc office at 413 499-4241, ext. 244.

Avangrid Inc., the parent company of the Berkshire Gas Co., is offering scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year for postgraduate studies at universities across the United States in fields that are related to the energy sector.

Postgraduate scholarships will be provided in renewable energy; smart distribution networks; engineering; data science; cyber security; legal/compliance/regulation; information technology; and five business-related topics — international studies, human resources, communications, finance, and treasury

The application deadline is 8 p.m. April 2. To apply for and obtain information on candidate requirements and the selection process, visit Applicants can also follow Avangrid on Facebook and @Avangrid on Twitter throughout the application process for additional information and updates.


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