William C. Decas Establishes Wareham Focused Scholarship Fund with the SouthCoast Community Foundation

Sep 2, 2021

The scholarship honors George C. Decas and joins an additional Decas fund with the Foundation honoring Georgia and Constantine Decas.


New Bedford, MA — The SouthCoast Community Foundation, one of the largest aggregators of scholarships in the Southeastern Massachusetts region, announced today that William C. Decas has established a new scholarship fund in memory of his late brother, Attorney George C. Decas. The George C. Decas Scholarship Fund will provide awards to graduating high school seniors residing in Wareham, Massachusetts. Awards of approximately $20,000 to $25,000 will be made annually starting in 2022 during the Community Foundation scholarship season and can support recipients over four years. This new fund joins an additional Decas fund with the Community Foundation, the Georgia and Constantine Decas Family Scholarship Fund, established by William and his sister, Katharina Decas, last year.

“George, sister Katharina, and I were all raised and educated in Wareham. We were fortunate that our parents could afford to send us to college, but we know that many are not in the same position,” stated William Decas. “We are so pleased to have the help of the Community Foundation to honor our parents and our late brother George in this way, providing well-earned financial support to the youth of Wareham.”

“The Decas family are an exemplary model of what it means to give back,” stated Sarah Rose, Director of Engagement for the SouthCoast Community Foundation. “We are humbled they chose the Community Foundation to help them with their philanthropic goals in supporting the educational dreams of Wareham students.”

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts through philanthropy. The Community Foundation manages 60 scholarship funds and awards approximately $500K in awards annually. The mission of the Foundation is to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region. Since 1995, the organization has distributed over $50 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. For more information, visit http://www.southcoastcf.org.

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