DERRY — The Center of Life Management (CLM) announces scholarship opportunities for the community and staff of the mental health center. “These scholarship opportunities will invest in people that will play an important role in the future of mental health services in the community,” explained Vic Topo, President and CEO for the Center for Life Management. Topo is personally providing $5,000 in seed money to launch this program. Topo hopes that his philanthropy will inspire others to invest and grow this program so that careers that help people may continue to evolve for the betterment of humanity.

The scholarship program will be managed by the Center for Life Management Foundation, established in 2006 to support and provide resources for the mission of CLM as a separate, nonprofit organization. Guided by its charitable mission, the Foundation’s purpose is to promote and advance the mental health and emotional well-being of the community by providing resources to CLM for the development of new initiatives, services, and advancements that positively impact mental health services in southern New Hampshire.

For graduating high school seniors in Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Newton, Plaistow, Pelham, Sandown, Salem or Windham, New Hampshire; the Center for Life Management Foundation will award one to three $500 scholarships to qualifying students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary school in the fields of: counseling, developmental disabilities, nursing, social work, or psychology. Students pursuing trade, vocational, or certification training programs are also eligible for award consideration.

Eligibility requirements are detailed online and require either: official or unofficial transcripts, proof of high school diploma or GED; minimum of a 3.3 GPA, and a copy of acceptance or enrollment in a post-secondary, vocation, trade or certificate program.

For Center for Life Management (CLM) clients enrolled in the Supportive Employment Program, one scholarship will be available for a qualified applicant who is pursuing educational or career advancement. This award may vary from $500 to $1,500.

CLM staff will have two scholarship opportunities. The first award is for a staff member pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Level Degree in the field of counseling, nursing, social work, developmental disabilities or psychology with an accredited post-secondary school. This award may vary from $500 to $1,500. The second opportunity is for the dependent child of a staff member that is a graduating high school senior. Students with a 3.3 GPA or better will be eligible for one $500 scholarship for the pursuit of a secondary degree from an accredited post-secondary school, trade or certification program.

Applications are available online at The deadline for application submission is March 15, at 5:00 p.m. Email is preferred at If mailing is necessary, Scholarship Committee, Center for Life Management Foundation, 10 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH 03038.

Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decisions in early May by mail.

To donate to the Center for Life Management Foundation Scholarship Program, visit or contact Melissa Ballard Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy, Center for Life Management & Center for Life Management Foundation, 10 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH 03038, 603-965-5175.



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