Fish Scholarship Fund

The Fish Scholarship Fund is a merit award funded by Atsuko T. and Lawrence K. Fish, founders of The Fish Family Foundation.

Recognizing academics and community impact

The Fishes and their philanthropy are committed to providing access to college to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend. Atsuko T. Fish, trustee of Simmons and founder of the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative, established this scholarship with her husband in 2012 to be awarded yearly to one student who has excelled academically, actively participated in the community, and demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship is an annual award of $15,000, renewable all four years, and includes an additional one-time award of $2,500 to be utilized for an experience that promotes global citizenship beyond the classroom and exposes Fish Scholars to the world. Once at Simmons, Fish scholars must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain eligible for this award. Fish Scholars will be provided with the opportunity to meet directly with members of the Fish Family Foundation and the donors, Atsuko T. and Lawrence K. Fish, to share their experiences and celebrate student achievements.

Students applying for the Fish Scholarship Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Apply as a freshman for the fall semester
  • Be affiliated with one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation (with primary consideration given to those who have participated in one of its Global Youth Leadership programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston)
  • Meet the admission standards of Simmons University with a competitive overall academic profile which includes a rigorous curriculum in core courses

Application process

The application consists of three short answer essays. Students should submit these as one document to with the subject line “Fish Scholarship Application” by March 1st. On each page of the document students should include their full name and date of birth.

Essay prompts

Short Answer 1 (of no more than 100 words): If you could, in retrospect, thank one teacher you had in high school for what he or she taught you, who would it be and for what would you thank him/her?

Short Answer 2 (of no more than 300 words): Choose one community or volunteer activity you are involved in that has had the greatest impact on your commitment to service and share the specific responsibilities of that particular activity.

Short Answer 3 (of no more than 300 words): If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Application deadline

Applicants must complete and submit their application to the University by February 1st and their application to the scholarship by March 1st.