Scholarships & Special Initiatives

Nearly 70% of NBSS students receive some form of financial aid, and—as a direct result of philanthropic support—this year the School was able to award more financial aid per student than ever before. We welcome conversations with individuals or organizations interested in supporting NBSS with special gifts for restricted purposes like scholarships, endowed funds, or other School initiatives and priorities.

For more information on supporting Scholarships and Special Initiatives, contact Colleen Walsh Powell, Director of Development, at or 617-227-0155 ext. 170.

“I am a different person than when I started, for the better. I’m proud of myself and enthusiastic about my future in craft. It is not lost on me the significant contributions made by people, who have never met me, that have helped me get this far.”
– Cabinet & Furniture Making student, 2020

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Initiative provides economically disadvantaged residents in Boston and Greater Boston with a viable pathway to meaningful, lifetime employment. The program makes it possible for NBSS to fund not only tools and materials, but also supportive services critical to students’ success.

The Workforce Development Initiative demonstrates how local foundations large and small can collaborate in supporting the needs of the community. Supporters of the NBSS program have included:

  • BNY Mellon / Peter E. Strauss Trust
  • Cabot Family Charitable Trust
  • Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Massachusetts Charitable Society
  • Neighborhood Jobs Trust of the City of Boston
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The James C. Melvin Trust
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • Rowland Foundation
  • Santander Bank
  • Schrafft Charitable Trust
  • John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation

Questions? Contact Colleen Walsh Powell, Director of Development, at or 617-227-0155 ext. 170.