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Former Youth

The Alternatives for Youth Foundation (AYF) was set up in 1996 by Key to support programs and activities that are fundamentally consistent with Key's mission. Within AYF there are two scholarship funds available.

The William J. Wolfe Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to talented, motivated individuals who have formerly received services through Key and who are 24 years old or younger. Scholarship candidates must have a demonstrated social commitment, and wish to pursue an educational or vocational certificate/degree beyond high school. The Fund honors founder, William J. Wolfe, whose commitment to social, educational, health, and human services, spurred the founding of Key in the early 1970s.

The application deadline is May 20, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by early summer of each year. The selection criteria includes having received Key services or services by a Massachusetts/Rhode Island state youth serving agency, performed successfully academically, demonstrated a positive impact on their own development and/or communities, and financial need.

The re-application deadline for current recipients is April 15, 2016.


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Clinical Graduate Students

The Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld to honor her career in the field of social work. Deborah began her experience in social work at Key as an intern. Her life was tragically cut short following a courageous battle with cancer.

The fund was designed to award scholarships to current or former Key employees enrolled in a formal MSW or licensed mental health counseling or counseling psychology program who have demonstrated commitment to the field of social work/child welfare, specifically with multi-stressed youth and families.

Eligibility criteria includes full or part-time enrollment in an MSW, licensed mental health counseling program, or counseling psychology program.

The application deadline for new recipients is May 10, 2016 and the awards are announced by early summer of each year. For further information about scholarship guidelines and an application form, please contact your Director or Administrative Supervisor

The re-application deadline for current recipients is April 15, 2016 .


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