Welcome To

Dr. Tim Flanigan welcomes you to
New Bedford Star Kids
Starry Night in the Cloud.

New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program is working hard to transform the lives of children and their families. This work cannot be done without YOU! Learn how you can help change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the greater New Bedford area and expand our enrollment to serve additional students.

Dr. Timothy Flanigan, Founder

Laura McPhie Oliveira, Board President 

As board president, Laura realizes the importance of coming together as a community to help our students succeed.


This is the chance to make YOU a shining star in the eyes of a child. By sponsoring a student, you are providing a Star Kid with the chance to be challenged and be successful in his or her educational pursuits. Sponsors make our program possible! Each New Bedford Star Kid is matched with an individual or group willing to contribute to the student’s tuition.

Become a sponsor on your own or join with friends and family to sponsor a child.

Ellen Lough, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Ellen will share current program news and share how you can make our students’ “wishes” become a reality!
Kathy & Gurdon Wattles, Legacy Sponsors
“Give them a chance to succeed.” The Wattles discuss their long history with New Bedford Star Kids, emphasizing the infinite rewards of sponsoring students.


Wishes streamline donations to specific items that are needed by New Bedford Star Kids to make their educational experience a success. Whether it is uniforms or textbooks, afterschool programs or summer camps; granting these wishes  will help New Bedford Star Kids reach their educational goals.

Wish #1

Tutoring & Mentoring: $200  

We have partnered with incredible people in our community who are providing our Star Kids with schoolwork as well as emotional support.  During this time of distance learning, tutors and mentors have been instrumental in helping New Bedford Star Kids adjust to this new learning environment.

Wish #2 

Books: $50 

This wish not only supports the required text books but also recommended leisure books;  nurturing each Star Kid’s enthusiasm for reading.

Wish #3

Uniforms:  $125 

This wish provides New Bedford Star Kids with their required uniforms. Uniforms provide the students with a sense of community and help reduce the stress of not having the “right” clothes to wear.

Wish #4
Summer Camp: $300 

We encourage each child to participate in a summer program in order to be engaged in summertime activities, develop talents and interests, and spend time making new friends and positive connections.

Wish #5

Field Trips: $50

Field trips are opportunities that all students look forward to. Granting this wish gives New Bedford Star Kids the opportunity to join their classmates on these excursions.

Wish #6 

After School Activities: $100

Granting this wish enables New Bedford Star Kids to participate in enriching activities that they can explore and enjoy throughout the year. Our Star Kids participate in sports, music, horseback riding, art, extended day programs, as well as other activities.

Wish #7

Driving Lessons: $150

In the life of a teenager, there isn’t anything more important than getting a driver’s license! This wish provides our Star Kids with the opportunity to attend a local driving school that will prepare them to be conscientious and confident drivers.

Nancy Braitmayer Tribute Fund

Merry Conway:
Tribute to Nancy Braitmayer
In recognition of her service to New Bedford Star Kids, a scholarship fund has been established in Nancy Braitmayer’s name.

Student Testimonials

Kelton Souza, Alumnus 
The mission of New Bedford Star Kids is for each child to graduate from high school.  Kelton Souza surpassed that goal.  Kelton began his New Bedford Star Kids journey at Holy Family Holy Name School, graduated from Bishop Stang High School in 2019 and has just completed his first year at UMASS Amherst.

Hannah P., Current Student 
Not only does Star Kids provide tuition aid, students are also offered  after school activities, summer camps, and tutors. With the continued support of sponsors like you, more students like Hannah will be able to take advantage of all the opportunities Star Kids offers.

Our Star Kids Thank You!

Enjoy a heartfelt thank you from a few of the families in our program.


Gold Star Sponsor – $2,500
Tome Andrade and Julie Lohr

Hans and Ann Ziegler

Silver Star Sponsor – $1,000
Eastern Fisheries/Roy Enoksen

Tim and Luba Flanigan
MacLean Charitable Foundation
Laura McPhie Oliveira Consulting
Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes
Gurdon and Kathy Wattles

Shining Star Sponsor – $500
Bank 5

John and Darlene Chuplis
Debross Hathaway Marvel, Inc.
St. Anne’s Credit Union
Gary Sullivan
Wareham Pediatric Associates

Individual Star Sponsor – Less than $500
Rance and Deidre Gillespie

Gifts In Kind 
Signature Printing

Thank you for helping our New Bedford Star Kids succeed!

Our communities have grown stronger with every student who graduates from high school and pursues higher education. Please sponsor a child (full, half, quarter), grant a wish, or donate to the Nancy Braitmayer Tribute Fund. Donations can be made online, by mailing payment to NBSK at PO Box 50494, New Bedford, MA 02745, or by calling Debra DaSilva at 508-243-1036.

New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program is a 501(c)3 non profit organization, EIN 27-0372266.  All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program
PO Box 50494 New Bedord, MA 02745

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