In 1983 the PTO President of Bell School created a scholarship fund. This fund was created to support those children at Bell School who needed a little extra attention, whether that was through tutoring, summer camp or music lessons – things their parents may not be able to provide. This scholarship fund was created quietly and has, over the last 36 years, supported over 400 children within the Marblehead community. It has provided our Guidance Counselors with an opportunity to enhance the lives of those children and families at Bell who need just a little extra support.
In December of 2018 the PTO was contacted and asked to take over the scholarship fund. As we dove into the details of the scholarship, we were in awe of what this one woman, Mary Gately, has done to support Bell School children. Mary no longer resides in Marblehead, but has still continued to push for these children, whom she doesn’t know, to be given the support they need to thrive.
We are excited to have this opportunity to continue to grow this fund and support the children of Bell School. We have renamed the fund the Mary Gately Scholarship Fund in honor of the woman who had the foresight and compassion to create a support system for our students that would still be around over 36 years later.
Some of you may have been touched by the support this fund created when you were students at Bell. Most of you have probably encountered children who have been given opportunities to learn, expand their social skills and have summer camp fun with their peers because of this fund. With over 400 Bell School children supported by this scholarship, you can imagine the impact it has made on our community.
As we move forth with the Mary Gately Scholarship Fund, we would like to ask for your support. There is a growing need to support more children and we are seeking donations to help us expand this program to more Bell students. These funds go 100% directly to students at Bell who need support. They do not go to the PTO, but to a separate fund that is specifically set-up for the Scholarship.
If you are willing to donate towards this amazing Scholarship, we would welcome any amount you can give. Checks can be made to the Mary Gately Scholarship Fund and given to the PTO via the front desk at Bell. You can also donate online below. Donations are tax-deductible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We are honored to be given this opportunity to continue to support Bell School students just as Mary Gately has for almost 40 years. What an amazing Bell School Community we have and have always had!