Bonnie Jernigan Memorial Scholarship

Local scholarships for students from the Massachusetts Bay Area Team.

Bonnie Jernigan was a dedicated AFS volunteer in the Greater Duxbury Chapter of the Mass Bay AFS Area Team, bringing an energy and enthusiasm that helped spread the AFS presence beyond Duxbury and into other local communities. Sadly, she lost her life to brain cancer in December 2013. To commemorate Bonnie and her commitment to the AFS mission, her family has established a memorial fund that provides scholarships to students going on a semester or year programs from the Greater Duxbury and Greater New Bedford Chapter areas. Bonnie’s adventurous spirit lives on through her family’s generous creation of this scholarship.


High school students from the Southeast District of the Massachusetts Bay Area going on a semester or year program are eligible. The district is comprised of the Greater Duxbury and the Greater New Bedford Chapter areas and includes towns close to Duxbury and New Bedford. This is both a merit and need-based scholarship and so financial need will be a consideration. Other important qualities include active fundraising and maturity in the planning of this cultural experience.

Awards will be up to $1,500 and will be applied directly toward the program fee.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the Bonnie Jernigan Scholarship Application


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply after being accepted by AFS-USA and at least 2 months prior to departure.

Contact Information:

Your completed Bonnie Jernigan Memorial Scholarship application and any questions should be directed to Amy Hamilton, Volunteer Sending Coordinator for the Greater Duxbury Chapter at

*Recipients and the amount of each locally-determined scholarship are decided by the Mass Bay Area Team scholarship committee made up of local Mass Bay Area Team volunteers and returnees. Please note that all applicants are not guaranteed funding.

All Mass Bay Area Team scholarships are separate from the Global Leaders need-based scholarship application process and other merit scholarships, and all Mass Bay Area Team scholarship award decisions are determined through a local committee.