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PFK1Each year, the Lawrence Family Development Charter School graduates a talented class of 8th graders. 100% of our eighth graders take on the challenge of applying to selective secondary schools with more than 80% earning admission to a path that will allow them to reach for their dreams and realize the full promise of their potential. With 93% of our students’ families at or below the federal poverty level, our students need more than good grades and high test scores to accept admission and move forward on a surer path toward higher education and a positive future. Without significant financial assistance to match financial aid offered by high schools our students cannot say “yes” to the admissions they have earned. 

PFK Direct Scholarship Fund

In 2007, upon her retirement as Executive Director/ Superintendent, LFD and LFDCS founder, Patricia Karl, established the PFK Scholarship Funds to support opportunities for LFDCS graduates accepted for admission at private secondary schools.

The PFK Direct Scholarship Fund raised scholarship dollars for the graduating Class of 2015 in many different ways. The Fund once again benefited from partnerships with Yankee Candle and Central Catholic High School. LFDCS students at all levels were able to contribute again this year through several unique events. A portion of proceeds from school pictures went to support the scholarship fund and with great fan interest in area teams—Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins - students and staff were able to participate in the Monthly Jeans Day/ Team Jersey Day fundraiser.  

In addition, the Scholarship fund holds a Holiday Annual Giving Campaign and a Spring Fundraiser. LFD/LFDCS benefactors, 
friends and faculty attended the 2016 “Meet Our Scholars…Who Reach for the Stars” annual fundraiser held at the Steven's Estate in North Andover, MA.  Over $40,000 was raised for the scholarship fund through both a silent and live auction. Some of this year's most popular items were artwork painted by LFDCS students.

PFK Scholarship Endowment Fund

LFD remains committed to supporting our graduates throughout their 4 years of high school. Twenty-five or more graduates need $2,000-$4,000 for each year of high school or $8,000-$16,000 set aside in scholarships to ensure not only that they can enroll but also that they can remain at that school until they graduate. An average of $10,000 for students or $250,000 is the real need of annual scholarships at Lawrence Family Development Charter School.

To help maintain our committment to excellence, LFD established the PFK Scholarship Endowment Fund.
he initial goal of the PFK Scholarship Endowment Fund is to raise one million dollars over ten years—$100,000 each year in corporate, individual and foundation contributions. Gifts of all sizes will help build this fund, particularly pledges that can contribute annually.

Funds are held at ECCF, the Essex County Community Foundation and invested creating an endowment for perpetuity—ensuring scholarship support for students not yet born.

For more information about the “Reach for the Stars” Campaign, please click here or donate now


PFK Scholarship recipients currently attend, or will be attending, the following schools:

Berkshire School Fryeburg Academy
Presentation of Mary Academy The Cambridge School of Weston
White Mountain School  Bradford Christian Academy
Central Catholic High School Foxcroft Academy
Maine Central Institute Miss Hall's School 
Northfield Mount Hermon Phillips Exeter Academy
Pingree School St. John's Prep School 
Tabor Academy   Wilton High School
St. Mark's School Glastonbury High School
Brewster The Winchendon School




Gifts of stocks, estate, insurance benefits and bequests will be deeply appreciated. 

Donations can be made online and through this website. For more information, contact Paul Heithaus, Director of Program Development, at 978 689-9863, ext. 120, or e-mail him at