The Stephen C Massey Faculty Scholarship was created to foster continued growth and development for the Foxboro Public Schools Music Faculty. We believe that when teachers become lifelong learners, they also set high standards for both their students and the overall culture of the music program. The scholarship was established for FPS faculty to take advantage of special artistic development opportunities over and above what is provided by the school system.
Mr. Massey served as the Music Director and Band Director from 1980 until his retirement in 2017. Under his direction, the Foxborough Music Department developed into one of the premiere public school music programs in the United States. The FHS Music ensembles performed in concerts, festivals, and tours while commissioning over 25 new pieces. The curriculum was based on studying masterworks of the highest quality. Guest Artists and Composers became a cornerstone of the program. Student leadership courses helped develop a very distinctive “culture of excellence.”
The following two quotes sum up the philosophy of the culture:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.
“A leader is one who does what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done, whether they want to do it or not.” – Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.
Specific Criteria for Eligibility for Faculty Scholarship
- Applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Stephen C. Massey Scholarship Committee.
- Music Faculty may apply annually, but no recipient may receive a scholarship in two consecutive years.
- Up to $1000.00 will be awarded annually. (If no applicants, money will remain in fund), a change or adjustment in award amount or number of awards is at the discretion of the committee.
- Applications are due to the committee no later than January 15th. The recipient will be notified no later than February 15th.
- All current FPS Music Faculty employed by Foxborough Public Schools are eligible to apply.
- The scholarship is to be used for special summer or school vacation artistic opportunities. This scholarship is not to be used for conventions or graduate course work tuition reimbursement.
- Scholarship recipients will submit a post experience assessment.
- Written proposal with a detailed description of the artistic opportunity.
- Statement of what you hope to learn from this experience and will be able to bring back to the FPS music program