News & Events

Scholarship Opportunities: Tighe & Bond’s Annual CFWM Scholarships Now Open for Student Applicants

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is now accepting applications for three Tighe & Bond scholarships for Hampden and Hampshire County students pursuing civil and environmental engineering degrees. Graduating high school seniors and enrolled college students can apply for Tighe & Bond’s 2020 academic year scholarships through March 31 by visiting CFWM’s website.

Headquartered in Westfield, Tighe & Bond has a strong commitment to progressing the engineering profession and providing education assistance to promising students. Twenty-two years ago, Tighe & Bond initiated the establishment of its annual CFWM scholarships to honor the careers and contributions of three former company leaders who were instrumental in setting the long-term direction and success of the firm. The goal is to help fund higher education for talented young students who are pursuing engineering careers.

George H. McDonnell Scholarship Fund

Tighe & Bond established its first memorial scholarship fund in 1996 to honor past President George H. McDonnell, a lifelong South Hadley resident. Upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1938, George became an Associate of the firm’s founders James Tighe and Philip Bond. In the late 1940s, he assumed leadership of the firm and became the founder of Tighe & Bond, Inc. as it is known today. George was especially recognized for his knowledge of dam design, maintenance and safety and was responsible for many years for the safety of all dams in Hampden and Hampshire counties. The Holyoke Water Works Manhan Dam, which ensures ample water supply for Holyoke, is an example of his many and varied engineering projects.

Students who are residents of South Hadley, and who are majoring in either civil or environmental engineering, are welcome to apply for this scholarship.

Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship Fund

In 1999, the firm created another scholarship to honor Holyoke resident and past President, Edward J. Bayon. A graduate of Holyoke High School, Edward went on the receive a civil engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; years later he would receive the Herbert F. Taylor Award, the highest honor for his distinguished service to the university. After graduation, Edward began his career with the state Department of Public Works and later joined Tighe & Bond as a partner in 1952. He became President of Tighe & Bond in 1972 and remained an active board member for the firm for the rest of his life.

Students graduating from Holyoke High School, and who plan to attend a four-year college and major in civil engineering (or related field), can apply for this scholarship.

Philip W. Sheridan – Tighe & Bond Scholarship Fund

In 2006, Tighe & Bond founded yet another scholarship to honor its past President Philip W. Sheridan who served the firm for 46 years. During his Tighe & Bond career, Philip planned, designed and oversaw the construction of many Hampden and Hampshire County community municipal water supply wells, reservoirs, and storage tanks; water distribution systems; sewer systems and pump stations; and water and wastewater treatment plants.

Graduating high school seniors from Hampden or Hampshire counties can apply for this scholarship if they plan to attend a four-year college and major in civil engineering (or a related field).


About the Community Foundation for Western Massachusetts

Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers a charitable endowment consisting of over 600 separately identified funds ($121 million) serving the three counties bordering the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties). For more information about the reach and impact of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts visit