Scholarship Programs


The Simons Scholarship Fund was founded in 1993 upon the retirement of Judge Willliam W. Simons from theSuperior Court bench. Judge Simons understood the importance of trial advocacy training for lawyers and appreciatedthat the cost of attending such trainings often prohibited the very lawyers who would benefit the most fromparticipating. Therefore, he created this fund to improve trial advocacy in our courts by making trainings moreaccessible to trial lawyers.

In order to apply for such funds, a written request must be sent to the Simons Scholarship Fund, c/o The Berkshire County Bar Association Inc., 29 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The submittal should include a brochure describing thetraining; the amount of funds requested; and a brief statement of how the attorney hopes the training might improve his/her specific practice.


The Frank H. Wright Memorial Fund Scholarship is the general scholarship fund of the Berkshire Bar Association. Each year multiple scholarships are awarded to Berkshire County residents who are entering or attending law school. In selecting the recipients, the Scholarship Committee reviews the academic background, financial need and community service commitment of the applicants.

The Scholarship Fund is named after Frank Hull Wright, a lawyer, community activist, and leader from Southern Berkshire County. Admitted to the Bar in 1881, Wright enjoyed a successful law practice and spent his life giving back to his community. Wright was instrumental in the construction of the Mahaiwe Building, created the Great Barrington Free Library, and helped develop the first public high school in town.

Any contributions to the scholarship fund should be sent to
Delores Braza, Senior Philanthropic Administrator
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
One Monarch Place, 21st Floor
Springfield, MA  01144-1001.

Apply for the scholorship - Download an application now.
Or contact Scholarship Committee Chairman for an application:

Robert W. Kinzer, III
Scholarship Committee Chairman
Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office
7 North Street, PO Box 1969
Pittsfield, MA 01202

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