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Scholarship Opportunities

In 1996, Key created the Alternatives for Youth Foundation (AYF) to support programs and activities that are fundamentally consistent with Key's mission. AYF sponsors the undergraduate and clinical graduate scholarship programs below:



The William J. Wolfe (WJW) Scholarship Fund was established to honor William J. Wolfe. His commitment to social, educational, health, and human services spurred the founding of the Key Program in the early 1970's.

The WJW scholarship awards talented and motivated individuals who are current or former recipients of services from either the Key Program or from the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF), the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) or the Rhode Island Department of Children & Families (DCYF).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Under the age of 25
  • Prior or ongoing receipt of services through the Key Program or through a MA or RI state youth serving agency
  • Successful academic performance
  • Commitment to own development
  • Desire to pursue a full or part-time educational or vocational certificate/degree

For more information on how to apply for the WJW Scholarship, see your high school guidance counselor or your state agency social worker.

  • WJW Deadline for New Applications is mid-May 2018
  • WJW Deadline for Re-Applications is mid-April 2018


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The Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld (DFB) Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in dedication to Deborah, who began her career in the field of social work as an intern at Key. Her life was tragically cut short following a courageous battle with cancer.

This scholarship awards funds to current Key employees only who are enrolled in a formal Master's of Social Work, Licensed Mental Health Counseling or Counseling Psychology program and who have demonstrated commitment to the field of social work or child welfare, specifically with multi-stressed youth and families.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full or part-time employment at Key Program in a direct care or supervisory position
  • Full or part-time enrollment in a MSW, Licensed Mental Health Counseling or Counseling Psychology program
  • Successful undergraduate performance
  • Desire to remain employed at Key in a clinical capacity

For more information on how to apply for the DFB Scholarship, see your regional administrative supervisor for details.

  • DFB Deadline for both New and Re-Applications is mid-April 2018



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