Who Can Apply

Students from Berkshire County applying for a 2 or 4 year degree program.

Scholarship Information

UCP of Western MA established The Lisa Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund, in 2019. It was created on behalf of Lisa Jacobs, daughter of Maren Jacobs. Maren has been a UCP Board Member for nearly 50 years and President for the last four years. Her daughter, Lisa, sadly passed away earlier in early 2019. Despite being a person of differing abilities, Lisa exemplified a “Life without Limits.”

Lisa’s memorial fund establishes scholarships for high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment towards community service and the betterment of all people. UCP has a goal to raise $5,000 to apply towards this new Scholarship to honor Lisa’s legacy. Lisa’s fund will help recipients pay for books and college tuition.

A Little About Lisa from her Mom Maren Jacobs

Lisa lived her life in Lenox MA where she attended public school and made many friends. She was challenged by several congenital anomalies including cerebral palsy, glaucoma, a heart defect and developmental disabilities- conditions which caused my daughter to lose the ability to walk or speak and she lost vision in one eye. Lisa accepted these limitations and greeted every day with a smile and enthusiasm. Sadly, we lost Lisa on March 2, 2019.

Although her speech was limited, she developed her own technique to communicate using physical motion, facial expressions, and the few words and sounds in her repertoire. With 14 surgeries and daily physical therapy, she was able to maintain as much physical function as possible. Throughout all of this, Lisa still made many friends because she was always happy and everyone enjoyed her sense of humor.

Lisa was highly motivated and determined to live a “Life without Limits” despite these challenges. She aspired to always work hard and do her best. She had a spirit that she could accomplish anything she attempted to do and almost always did. These are the characteristics we would like to see in our Lisa Jacobs scholars.


Applicants must be a student from Berkshire County who has been accepted to an accredited college or university.

Review Criteria

The committee will review requests for scholarship according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of commitment and community service
  • Preference is given to those demonstrating volunteerism in the field of human services
  • Evidence of strong academic achievement
  • Proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university upon acceptance
  • Preference is given to candidates studying in a field of human services
  • Demonstration of a strong track record of the applicant setting and achieving their goals


A minimum award of one $500 scholarship will be awarded annually.

Required Submittals

In addition to the short online application form, the committee requests the following submittals for review in the application process.

  • Prepared resume or letter as documentation demonstrating that the applicant meets or exceeds all review criteria
  • A paragraph of 150 words or less about what the saying “Life Without Limits” means


Applications are due by March 1st each year. Award recipients will be notified by April 15th of each year.

In the Spirit of Giving Tuesday, UCP of Western
MA honors Lisa Jacobs