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I. LOCAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES (Chamber of Commerce, etc.)


"EdUp" Education and Workforce Campaign

The Chamber's Education Committee focuses on developing and implementing a branding and long term media outreach campaign aimed at raising community aspirations regarding educational attainment.


Fall River Alumni Network Early Literacy program

If kids can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade, their chances of graduating or getting a good job are greatly diminished. Invest in early literacy for 1-3 year olds, Pre-K thru 3rd grade.


Boosting High School Graduation and College Enrollment

Programs to increase high school graduation rates/college enrollment. A well educated workforce key to growing existing businesses attracting new ones to Fall River.


The Community Foundation can also work with you directly to set up your own donor advised fund with them to advance education outcomes in Fall River.











Nursery and Preschool

Elementary Schools

Middle School


What they need: tutors/after-school homework helpe (online); equipment & materials, etc.











B.M.C. Durfee High School


Diman Vocational High School


What they need: online tutos; equipment; help/hosts for college application & tutors; help with job applications and interviews; summer jobs; host field trips, etc.












Bristol Community College


UMass Dartmouth


Roger Williams University


What they need: online tutors; support & hosts for field trips; summer jobs; help with employment opportunities/job applications, practice interviews (on SKYPE); etc.




Univesity of Massachusetts Dartmouth

"The most valuable asset this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people." —Dr. Irving A. Fradkin


Why is Fall River called “The Scholarship City”? In 1958, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, a local optometrist, founded the first Dollars for Scholars chapter by challenging everyone in the community to give at least one dollar toward sending its youth to college.


Dr. Fradkin ran for the Fall River School Board in 1957 on a platform calling for community-supported scholarships for local students. Despite his electoral defeat, Dr. Fradkin pursued his forward thinking idea—which blossomed into Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship America’s flagship program—a nationwide organization that today represents nearly 700 affiliates in thousands of communities across America.


For the last fifty-plus years, Dr. Fradkin has continued to work tirelessly for Scholarship America, for students in Fall River (where he still resides with his wife Charlotte), and for education in America.

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