top of page

Welcome to our Site!


Future Nurses' Fest

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Devens Common Center, Devens, MA

The Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship exists to encourage excellence in nursing, character, leadership and

community service in the North Central Massachusetts area.

Here's the Story behind the Story.....

Our mom, Estelle, was someone who always thought of others needs before her own.   She took the greatest pleasures from the simplest of things throughout her life.   She LOVED being a nurse and had a special affinity for all the kids - not just her own.   She started the Future Nurses Club at Gardner High School in the 1960's and was their mentor for 22 years.   A reflection of her passion is a result of a significant number of nurses, and other medical professionals.

As she entered into the last months of her life, she told her daughter, Marge, she wanted to do something "BIG" for Gardner but didn’t know what to do.   A few weeks later, Marge suggested starting a scholarship, in her name, for nursing students.   Mom was elated and excited. She asked, "Would you do that?"

.....the answer was obvious and here we are......

In December of 2016, the Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund gave their first scholarship to a 4th year nursing student.   This was 6 months after Estelle's passing.   Each year, we hold events to raise money for the scholarship fund.   

We are a 501C3 non-profit,  all money raised goes toward scholarships.

That is our story of how this scholarship fund came to be started almost 95 years ago, on October 29, 1921.......

Beth, Marge, John (Bob)

Estelle R. Ford


She took the greatest pleasures from the simplest of things

throughout her life.

Estelle R. Ford 1921-2016

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Art and Vendor Festival

bottom of page