Ed Kaufman Scholarship Fund

Ed Kaufman Scholarship Fund

The Merriam School community is very excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for all those who wish to contribute to a scholarship fund in honor of former principal Ed Kaufman, who retired in June of 2018. This scholarship will be given annually to students graduating from Acton Boxborough Regional High School during their Scholarship Night ceremony. The students receiving the scholarships will have attended Merriam School and will have stood out during their high school careers by their contribution to building relationships within groups.

Ed began his career working for two years for the National Park Service, in the Badlands of South Dakota. He then moved into teaching; from 1979-1986 Ed taught grades K, 3, 4 and 7 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in Colchester, Vermont. Along the way, Ed obtained his Master’s in Psychology at the University of Vermont.   From 1986 – 1995, Ed was a Counselor at the Harvard University Bureau of Study Counsel, offering academic and other counseling services to Harvard students. In addition, from 1990 – 2008, Ed taught at Cambridge College, including courses on critical thinking, mathematics, psychology, group dynamics, and educational teaching and learning seminars.

In 1995, Ed joined the Merriam School community as a grade 5 and 6 mixed grade teacher. He then spent 10 years teaching grades 5 and 6 looping classes. In 2008, Ed Kaufman took on the role of Merriam School principal. He has spent the last ten years committed to seeking the best educational opportunities for students, and supporting teachers, staff, and families. He has served on multiple committees in the district and has given much towards the educational successes of students and teachers alike.

Ed currently lives locally with his wife. He has two daughters, one son-in-law, and an incredibly adorable granddaughter that he plans to spend time getting to know. While being with family, remaining healthy, and “feeding his soul,” walking away from education is not on the list. Ed plans to be a part-time educational consultant with themes of building relational trust in schools, helping teams work well, deepening relationships and building strong learning communities.

Your donation will enable us not only to honor Ed’s commitment to education, but also to promote and invest in supporting youth who hope to pursue careers that support education and building relationships.  

Please join us in this effort by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Ed Kaufman Scholarship Fund. Whether $5, $20, or more, whatever amount you can contribute will impact a Merriam School graduate. These funds will go directly to the recipient to fulfill their educational pursuits.



To make a secure online donation, please type or copy this address into your browser: 


You will be connected to a secure website and use the school district’s Unipay system to make your contribution.

If you would like to donate by check, please make your check out to: 

Ed Kaufman Scholarship Fund


Please mail your check to:

Ed Kaufman Scholarship Fund

C/o Kristina Rychlik

Merriam School

11 Charter Road

Acton, MA  01720


If you have any questions or would like more information about the fund, please contact Kristina Rychlik at krychlik@mac.com