Dear Scholarship Applicants:


We hope that you and your families are staying safe, healthy and in good spirits while schools are closed during the COVID-19 crisis. Considering school closings, the scholarship committee has had some questions from students about whether our deadline for submission has changed.


Our submission date has changed.  The deadline has been changed to May 3, 2021.  We hope that the extra weeks away from the classroom will give all applicants enough time to write essays, access the required materials, and submit their completed applications by this date.


We have been in touch with Ms. Dawn Phelps in the SHS Counseling Office. Even while schools are closed, she is available by email at to provide materials required, such as letters of reference, transcripts, and GPA/senior grades. You should send SAT scores (or equivalent) directly to the scholarship committee at, but you can also email Ms. Phelps for help transmitting those scores.


The scholarship committee looks forward to receiving and reviewing your applications so that we can make our 2021 award in May. 

Wishing you all the very best during this unprecedented time,


The Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship Committee



The Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Michael Rothberg, Sharon High School Class of 1980, whose extraordinary life was cut short on September 11, 2001, by the World Trade Center tragedy. This award, conceived and organized by Michael’s high school classmates, family and friends, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating his heroic legacy, ethical commitment and service to community. In May 2021, the scholarship committee will award a $5,000 merit-based scholarship to a member of Sharon High School’s graduating class who exemplifies in his or her own way Michael’s academic promise, integrity, and service to community.


Michael was born and raised in Sharon, where he attended East Elementary, Sharon Junior High and Sharon High School. He spent his college years at McGill University in Montreal, earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in math and computer science. His charismatic personality and innovative technical solutions to complex financial transactions won great respect on Wall Street. But Michael created much more than a successful professional life. He excelled in every way. Michael was a loving son, brother, grandson, cousin and nephew. He was a devoted friend, a skilled athlete and a dedicated philanthropist. He used his resources generously, contributing not only financial support but also giving his time and energy to causes in which he believed deeply, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and Mutual Funds against Cancer.


On the morning of September 11, 2001, Michael Rothberg was in his office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center, where he worked for Cantor Fitzgerald as managing director of program trading. During his lifetime, Michael’s kindness and gentle spirit touched so many lives, enriching all who knew him with his intelligence, humor, generosity and compassion. We are deeply grateful for donations offered in his memory and for the opportunity to inspire graduating members of Sharon High School to sustain Michael’s spirit through their own aspirations and endeavors. 


To be considered for this scholarship, please submit the required materials listed below to no later than May 3, 2021. Signed materials can be scanned and attached to your email. If any portion of your submission must be sent in hard copy, please mail them prior to the May 3rd deadline to the Scholarship Committee Post Office Box in Sharon [full address below].


The Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship Committee

Post Office Box 116

Sharon, MA 02067


      Materials to Submit by May 3, 2021 to


  • The completed scholarship application form

  • An essay addressing the topic described under “Required Essay” on this form

  • Two signed letters of recommendation from non-family members

  • Your complete Sharon High School transcript, GPA and SAT [or equivalent] scores

Forms are available online (click below) and through the Sharon High School Guidance Office. 

The 2021 award winner will be notified by phone following the scholarship committee’s decision.

Scholarship Application:

CLICK HERE for pdf format 

CLICK HERE for Word format

To send us an E-Mail for more information about the Michael C. Rothberg Scholarship fund, CLICK HERE or send an e-mail to

Photos of past years’ scholarship award recipients and winning essays are posted at the link below. The scholarship committee reserves the right to publish winning essays on web site unless expressly requested not to do so by individual winners or their parents.

CLICK HERE to see all past winners of the Michael C. Rothberg Scholarships


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