Welcome to ConVal Community Scholarship Foundation

New board members are sworn in at the Annual Meeting

To donate to the ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars

Please mail checks (made out to CVCDFS) to:

ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars

PO Box 372

Peterborough, NH 03458

Tennis Tournament - September 5-7

Dollars for Scholars


September  5-­7,  2014

Adams  Playground

            Peterborough,  NH                  

(Monadnock  Indoor  Tennis  Club  and   local  courts  will  be  used  as  needed) 



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President’s message

The mission of ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars is always to help students succeed despite some difficult circumstances as they pursue further education after high school.  School counselors nominate students who have faced unique hardships, but who show potential to succeed.  Our awards say, “We believe in you”.  A mentor provides a personal link to awardees.  This year (2014) we awarded eight scholarships totally $37,000 – two at $7,000; two at $5,000 and two at $3,500 along with two new scholarships, $5,000 for the STEM Scholarship (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Kenneth A. Christian Scholarship.   These sizable scholarships are paid out over a student’s first and second year of college. 

To sustain the scholarships that we already are committed to giving out, and to provide more in the future, the board’s priorities are to increase fundraising, publicity and board strength. 

We have two annual  appeals in the spring and late fall that provide much of the funds that go directly to scholarships.  Thanks to a record number of donations, we had our most successful fund drive to date last April.  We really appreciate the community response – and we hope to grow again with your support.

Additionally, we held our first annual Tennis Tournament fundraiser in early September 2013. What a fun way to raise money! The tournament helped us to raise nearly $10,000 – as well as our visibility in the wider community. We are grateful to all who participated and to our sponsors including The Finlay Foundation who provided a generous $5,000 matching grant.  Board members and volunteers from the Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club did a superb job coordinating a successful tournament. We hope even more people will participate this year, the week of September 5-7.   It is truly a good time for a good cause.

Thanks for helping us make a difference!

Lisa Foley
For the CVCSF board
June 2014

CVCDFS Gives Top Award Named after Founder John F Vance and New STEM Award

At ConVal High School’s Awards event on Wednesday, June 11, the Contoocook Valley Community Dollars (CVCDFS) for Dollars for Scholars® presented a scholarship in honor of one of the organization’s founders and its first president, John F. Vance. This top award, currently for $7,000 dispensed over four semesters, is given to that graduate who best exemplifies the mission of the CVCSF to support students who pursue a post-graduate education in the face of extraordinary challenges.

John Vance, Anne Huberman, Meghan Close, Joel Huberman, Mary Lou O'Neil, Lisa Foley, Dakota Jone, Judith VanceMr. Vance himself presented the 2014 CVCDFS John F. Vance Scholarship Award to Dakota Jones of Antrim. Dakota will be attending the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts starting this fall.

Mr. Vance was also instrumental in the creation of a new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship of $5,000 also given by CVCDFS.  2014 is the first year that this award has been given.  Meghan Close, of Peterborough,  received this scholarship for her interest in pursuing an Environmental Sciences degree at the Univerity of Vermont in the fall.  

Mr. Vance and his lovely wife Judith recently invited both Dakota and Meghan to dinner at his place of residence at Rivermead.  He also invited Anne and Joel Huberman, also Rivermead residents, along with Lisa Foley, and Mary Lou O'Neil.  Mr. Vance felt Judith's expertise in Fine Art Appraisal and the Huberman's extensive knowlege of Environmental Sciences would give the two new scholarship recipients some exposure to each of their chosen fields.


Vance, in collaboration with other prominent citizens in the nine ConVal towns, formed the CVCSF in 2006 and was president until 2010. During his tenure, the foundation grew to support 21 scholars, the majority of which have or will have graduated with a post-graduate certificate or a two- or four-year degree--well above the national average, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Besides the CVCSF, Vance’s charitable influence in the community includes Downtown 2000 and Monadnock Connect, all for which he received the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Monadnock Region 2010 Community Leadership Award and was named the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2011 Citizen of the Year. Now CVCSF President Emeritus, Vance continues to be a popular community activist serving as a member of Peterborough’s Library board.