New Bedford Whaling Museum receives $10,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation to support High School Apprenticeship Program

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation to support the museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program.

The Apprenticeship Program is a two-year afterschool immersion program that provides extensive training and personalized mentoring to economically disadvantaged high school students from the New Bedford area. In its first four years, the Apprenticeship Program has proven to help participants achieve academic and workplace success with 100 percent of participating Apprentices graduating high school and receiving acceptance to college or the armed forces.

“We are extremely grateful to Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation for recognizing the impact that our Apprenticeship Program has in the community,” said James Russell, President and CEO of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “This grant will allow the Apprenticeship Program to continue to provide a first-class educational and training opportunity to local students who need it most.”

 “We are very committed to supporting the communities we serve,” said Patrick Murray, President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank. “The Whaling Museum’s Apprentice Program is an outstanding example of how community organizations can play a key role in the educational success of our children. We are pleased to support this valuable program.”

For more information about the Whaling Museum’s Apprenticeship Program, visit

Arthur Motta
Director of Marketing & Communications
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-997-0046 x153


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Winter hours through March: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. holiday Mondays. For more information, visit


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(Photo from left to right: Michele Roberts, EVP, BCSB & Clerk, Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF); Jack Silva, VP, BCSB; Koreen Santos, Southcoast Advisory Board (SAB) Board Member; Pete Selley, SVP, BCSB; Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB & President, BCSCF; James Russell, President & CEO, New Bedford Whaling Museum; Alison Smart, Senior Director of Development, New Bedford Whaling Museum; Don Smyth, VP, BCSB; Dr. Jean MacCormack, PAB Chair & Board Member, BCSB; Joe Nauman, PAB Board Member; Andy Springer, VP, BCSB; Nancy Wood Dupont, Ashley Boulevard New Bedford Branch Manager, BCSB; and David Medeiros, AVP & Regional Branch Administrator, BCSB)