Sponsors make our program possible. Each New Bedford Star Kid is matched with an individual sponsor or a group willing to contribute toward the student’s tuition. Sponsorships allow our New Bedford Star Kids to attend small, mission-based non-public schools. Sponsors are able to see the direct impact they are having on a New Bedford Star Kid’s life when they receive the child’s report card, school photo, letter from the Executive Director and a thank you note from the student. Sponsors may meet their student or choose to remain anonymous. The sponsor may also choose to become the student’s mentor. Statistics show that a child is more likely to succeed if they know that someone is interested in their success.

Who Can Be a Sponsor?

  • Individuals
  • Group of Friends
  • Family
  • Company or Employee (matching funds)
  • Private Fundraising Events (e.g., wine tasting event, mini-golf tournament, etc.)


What are the Sponsorship Levels?

  • Full Scholarship Sponsors: $4,000 (grades K-8); $7,000 (grades 9-12) annually.
  • Partial Scholarships Sponsors: $875, $1,750 or more annually.
  • Scholarship Fund Donors: any amount in support of tuition, after-school programs, summer camps, tutoring, and uniforms.

To learn more about becoming a New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship sponsor, please contact Ellen Lough, Executive Director, at elough@newbedfordstarkids.org or call 774-400-7974.

Private fundraising sponsorship

7th Annual Stonebridge Croquet Tournament

Close to 90 mallet wielding supporters of the Star Kids Scholarship Program gathered on Sunday, September 29th on the lawn of Tome Andrade and Julie Lohr’s home to battle for the victorious Stonebridge Croquet Tournament trophy. John Foley single-handedly oversaw the croquet portion of the day. Tom’s Market and Black Goose provided food and beverages for this fund raising event. Through the generosity of those who attended, one more Star Kid is able to benefit from a top-notch education at All Saints Academy and additional revenue was raised fo the our educational programs. Everyone had a grand time and John Hughes left with the trophy in hand!

Boston Marathon

Elizabeth Benestad Runs the 2013 Boston Marathon Lizzie Benestad, faculty member at Portsmouth Abbey School, ran her 4th Boston Marathon on behalf of the Star Kids Scholarship Program in 2013. Friends and family supported her efforts and raised $2,850 for a scholarship. Lizzie achieved her best time in the Marathon and crossed the finish line twenty minutes ahead o fthe tragic bombing. Thanks, Lizzie, for months of training and for opening the door for a young child! Your 26 miles and 385 yards will fund a 1st grade student at Holy Trinity School in Fall River during the 2013-14 school year!

Individual Sponsor

“Every child deserves a great education in a loving and supportive environment. That is why we became sponsors with New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you have played a part in helping a child reach their fullest potential. We highly recommend it!”

Julie Lohr & Tome Andrade, sponsors since 2008

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