The HCCF Review Committee will review proposals seeking between $500 and $5,000
in aid, with exceptions for noteworthy need. All applicants will receive notice of the
status of their applications. NOTE: awards will be made directly to qualifying educational organizations to observe the Fund’s 501[c] status.
Recipients will be asked to present to the
HCCF Review Committee on how the funds
were used and summarize key points of
their scholarship and how it applies
Priority will be given to co-op members,
co-op employees, or co-op groups located in,
or doing business in, the Upper Valley region
of New Hampshire and Vermont as defined
by the Vital Communities Service Area.
GSF is designed to assist those who are:
Continuing their cooperative education as employees or board members of their local cooperatives and /or credit unions
Pursing academic research in how cooperatives can best meet societal needs; OR
Planning or developing businesses that follow the co-op model of innovation and ownership. As such, GSF considers applicants from across the co-op sector: food, housing, agriculture, daycare and preschool, credit, medical and dental, automotive, and other co-op enterprises.
The Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund (GSF) offers scholarships to members and employees of cooperatives in the Upper Valley who seek to further the cooperative movement through
education, training, and/or business development. The Fund is named in honor of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s long-serving General Managers, Harry and Arthur Gerstenberger, and first Education Director, Sally Gerstenberger.