The Derry Wolverine Dream Foundation has announced this year’s recipients of the Robert P. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

The Derry Wolverine Dream Foundation Inc. awarded $4,000 in academic scholarships to the most deserving students based on academic studies, leadership, community service and participation in the Wolverines Football and Cheerleading Organization.

This year, three student athletes received scholarships: Matthew Newman of Chester, $2,000; Jacob Bourassa of Derry, $1,000, and Jack Comfort, also of Derry, $1,000. All three will graduate from Pinkerton Academy June 11.

Scholarships are open to all students in the graduating class of a public or private high school who are former Wolverine football players, cheerleaders, or coaches. The applicant must have participated in the Wolverine program for at least one year.

The Derry Wolverine Dream Foundation Inc., DWDF, is a new state registered nonprofit charitable organization that was established in part, to be the administrator of both the Robert P. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship and the Wolverine Academic Scholarship; both are awarded on behalf of the Wolverine Youth Football Association. This year’s recipients of the Wolverine Academic Scholarship received their awards at the annual banquet held in January. Four $500 scholarships were also awarded to eighth-grade students.

The Derry Wolverine Dream Foundation Inc., DWDF, was established in 2017 and was the brainchild of the Derry Wolverine Youth Football Association. The Foundation’s Board of Directors consisting of five members, made up principally of current and past Wolverine Youth Football Association board members. Over the years the Wolverine Football Association has made major contributions to the town of Derry by funding field and field house renovations at Don Ball Park. It has also made individual donations to other local sports organizations as well as local food pantries and animal shelters.

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