Published in the March 18, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Local high school students will be calling Wakefield residents on Saturday, March 23 between noon and 4 p.m. as part of The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield’s 39th Annual Phonathon. The student volunteers will be calling from the Americal Civic Center where TSF has its office.

According to TSF of Wakefield Phonathon chairperson Michael Kilkelly, the annual phonathon helps raise funds for scholarships awarded to Wakefield residents in their pursuit of higher education. Each donation, regardless of the dollar amount, goes a long way in making a difference in the life of at least one local student in need of scholarship assistance. Last year’s phonathon raised over $55,000 in donations.

Over the past 59 years, TSF of Wakefield has provided over 11,000 financial awards to Wakefield residents to assist them in obtaining a higher education. Last year, over $640,000 was awarded to Wakefield full-time students of all ages – increasing the total awarded since 1960 to $12.7 million.

Everyone who receives a call on March 23 is encouraged to make a donation to TSF, whether it is to the General Fund, or to a specific permanent or accumulating endowment fund. After the pledge is made, the donor will receive a confirmation by mail. Requests to have the donation applied to an existing permanent or accumulating scholarship can be made at that time by noting it on the check.

Donations can be made online through PayPal. Donors can follow the link found at The donor will then be linked directly to TSF’s PayPal site for secure credit card processing. Donations can be processed with or without an existing PayPal account.

Any local residents who are not at home when the call is made can send their donation to TSF of Wakefield, PO Box 321, Wakefield, MA 01880 or they can use the donation envelope that was included in a recent Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department bill.

TSF of Wakefield is a community-based nonprofit organization comprised of volunteer adult and student directors. For additional information about TSF of Wakefield or the annual phonathon, please call 781-245-4890.