Fr. Robert Wagner Giving Society Scholarship


The legacy of Fr. Wagner is vast. His commitment to making this world a better place for people with disabilities was well-established and revered. Become a part of his legacy and join today. Give a family on their mission to serve their differently-abled child the information and resources they need. 

At JERICHO they have access to:

  • educational workshops
  • 1:1 Family support
  • religious education
  • connections to information and resources
  • Opportunities to befriend and learn from other families with similar struggles

When families participate in the programs provided by JERICHO, they develop a concrete plan for that will serve them at all stages of life.

JERICHO, the Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults in Holyoke, is pleased to announce availability of the Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to students from Western Massachusetts who are graduating from high school or are enrolled at an accredited college or university.

To be eligible, a student must:

1. Be a resident of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire County
2. Be a graduating high school senior or a returning student attending an accredited college or university
3. Demonstrate either an intention to pursue a degree and a career dedicated to serving persons with disabilities, or be a person with a disability seeking to further his or her education

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, financial need, academic achievement, volunteer service, and church and community activities will also be considered in selecting scholarship recipients.

The goal of this scholarship is to remember JERICHO’s founder Father Robert Wagner, and to encourage and assist those who wish to follow in his footsteps by bringing dignity, respect, and wholeness to the lives of persons with disabilities. The Selection Committee will review all applications, identify the most deserving individuals based on the principles for which this memorial scholarship was created, and will make awards accordingly.

To complete the application process, the applicant must provide the following materials:
• Completed scholarship application
• Official transcript of academic records for grades 9-12 and/or undergraduate record
• Two letters of recommendation
• Statement from a physician or school administrator verifying disability (if applicable)

All materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2020

Download application here and send completed application and all of the above required materials together to:

Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship
JERICHO - The Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults, Inc.
P.O. Box 1039
Holyoke, MA 01041-1039

The confidentiality of all materials provided will be respected. No written materials will be returned to the applicant. All scholarship recipients agree that Jericho may release their names/photograph to the media. For additional information, call 413-538-7450, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Winners are asked to be available for the Annual Recognition Day Ceremony to be held on Wednesday April 28, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.