Support Your Future Nurses: Press Release

Hello from Marge and John

When we created the Estelle R. ​Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund

in August of 2016,

little did we know what would occur over the course of the 

next 11 months:

the people who would touch us

the stories we would learn


the very special people that have become nurses

During our first year in building the scholarship fund, we came to understand more about the passion that nurses have .

We learned about the people in their lives who 

support , love, and depend on them, 

being there every day: their family as well as their patients!

It seems to happen every time we speak to someone –

a nursing connection 

a sister who is studying to become a nurse

a former student who wanted to become a nurse but

 went on to shape young minds as a teacher

a nursing student who left school to care for aging or ailing parents and never returned to nursing school;

the nurse,  coming home from a Saturday shift who found herself in the path of a wrong way driver, leaving behind a young family.

It is for these people that we have added the

Dawn Dawson Hardship Grant

as a part of the

Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund.

In the spring of 2017, Allan Dawson approached John Ford ,

and shared with him his desire to do something in his mother’s memory – he was inspired by the scholarship fund The Ford's 

had established for their mother’s legacy and didn’t want to set up something that would compete with that effort.

Both men happened to be at church one morning and at the end of the service and soon an idea was born. A “Hardship Grant” would be created,

in Dawn Dawson’s memory,

within the Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund.

This was a perfect solution. It was also something that both women

Estelle and Dawn

would have highly approved of doing. As a result of that meeting,the Estelle R. Ford Fund Board, voted to establish a grant that would provide some assistance to:

 a nurse who may be struggling to care for ailing parents 

and needing to leave their job;

a family left behind after an unexpected death of a family member

 who was a nurse;

 a nurse who leaves their job due to significant illness or personal circumstances that prohibit them from continuing .

The Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund is very proud to make this grant available on a “need” basis. It is our way of giving back to people who are i​​n the profession that Estelle and Dawn dedicated their  lives to….no matter how long or how short their lives were. 

Their impact on others is indelible and ever-lasting. 

John R. Ford

Learn More

Estelle R Ford

Future Nurses Scholarship


Contact: John Ford


[email protected]


The Estelle R Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund Hosts Benefit Festival

TEMPLETON, MA - The Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund is hosting its 2nd Annual Music & Arts festival at the Templeton Fish & Game Club on July 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each year we hold our annual Music and Art Festival to raise funds for the scholarship fund to support nursing students. Admission is free for the Art Festival and we are suggesting a $10 donation to attend the benefit concert during the evening. There also is music throughout the day!

“This is our major fundraiser and we have been blessed with the support of many volunteers, artists, and musicians for this event.” said Marjorie Fischer, Co-Chair for the Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Fund. “We are extremely excited to encourage unity and engagement within our community, in collaboration with a variety of local participants.”

All of the proceeds will go to the Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides annual community-service-based scholarships to nursing students. Established in 2016 by John Ford and Marjorie Fischer, Estelle’s children award scholarships to qualified applicants who are 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students and either from the Central Mass area or who plan on serving the Central New England community upon graduation.

Some of the fund friends who plan to participate in the festival include East of the Mountain Crafts, Fiber Frolic, Gary’s Country Baskets, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Jean Christine Crafts, Milioto Concessions, Paulmark Greeting Card Company, Michael Wolski Fine Arts, Ron Woroski Photography, Spray Don, and more. Attendees will also enjoy performances from Michael McDermott, Jesse Terry, Connor Garvey and Daniel Chauvin and other local musicians. We also added a variety of food trucks and so much more! We have “Pay It Forward” vendors such as Team Unstoppable, Samaritan’s Purse and J.M. Sheridan, all of which stand behind noble causes and assist others in raising awareness for people with autism, physical disabilities, children in need to name just a few. We are absolutely honored to work with such caring people who genuinely enjoy giving back to our communities and to use our festival platform to further their causes is a great privilege.

The Estelle R. Ford Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is completely dependent on donations and volunteers. To volunteer for the annual festival, apply here: Please check out the ERF website ( to learn more about us and our festival. Please “like and follow us” on social media, and we will see you at the festival in July!