Community Involvement

The Nantucket Yacht Club Foundation

Nantucket Yacht Club Foundation Scholarship

The Nantucket Yacht Club Foundation provides scholarships to three graduating seniors who have, in the opinion of the Scholarship Board, demonstrated character and integrity, self-starting energy and voluntary activities, as well as academic proficiency during their high school career. The student shall be enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university, and maintain a satisfactory academic standing in order to continue to qualify.

Nantucket Yacht Club Community Involvement

Examples of some of the organizations that the NYC has provided financial support to:

The John Miller Children’s Fund

The John Miller Fund provides a “scholarship” of up to $85 per public school student per year to attend an extra school day with programs that enhance their educational experience. These include off-island class trips, after-hours programs such as swimming, art classes, ballet, music lessons, after-school homework clubs and online courses so that students can catch up with regular class work.

Marla Ceely Lamb Fund

The Marla Ceely Lamb Fund is a special fund which helps defray the costs of transportation and lodging for patients who must travel off-island for cancer treatment.  Hundreds of patients suffering from cancer have been helped over the years, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Marla’s family and friends and the generosity of the Nantucket community. 

Nantucket Community School's YELL Program

Youth Empowering Lasting Leadership, better known as YELL, is a program designed for middle-school students and has been running since 2013. Founded by Kevin Marshall (Nantucket Police Department), Cathy Kelly (ASAP Nantucket) and Caitlin Waddington (Nantucket Community School), the goal is to educate and encourage the island youth to become peer leaders and serve as positive role models in their day-to-day interactions. The group embarks on multiple field trips to on-island educational organizations and enjoys learning from a number of speakers to enlighten them on important topics.

Nantucket STAR (Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Program)

This program addresses the physical, emotional, neurological and social special needs of children. Participating children range from The range of children helped include those with cerebral palsy to emotionally need and those struggling socially. Peers and siblings are welcome to participate in all the programs. A nominal fee is charged but no one is excluded if they cannot pay.

Small Friends of Nantucket

Small Friends is the only “large group” Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed infant facility on Nantucket. It provides the highest quality early education and childcare services for children three months old to third grade. The services are provided year-round regardless of financial ability. This organization allows parents to continue to live and work on Nantucket at an affordable rate.

Nantucket Community School's ESOL Program

Adult English Language programs are designed to help immigrants and others who have not yet developed proficiency in English to acquire the basic knowledge and skills they need to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens. Adult English Language Instruction programs supported by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) serve those who have a limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language; whose native language is a language other than English; or who live in a family or community where a language other than English is the dominant language.

Additionally, in-kind support was given to seven nonprofit organizations:

  • The Lighthouse School
  • The Nantucket New School
  • The Nantucket High School’s Senior Ball
  • Navigating ADHD (hospital & school)
  • Nantucket Community Sailing through Nantucket Race Week
  • The Food Pantry
  • The Nantucket Shellfish Association through The Scallopers’ Ball
  • Nantucket Dolphins Swim Team   

For more information or to bring awareness to your organization, please contact Michelle Roberts at