The Derby Scholarship Program

Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization, the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, Inc. has awarded annual scholarships to Martha's Vineyard Regional High School graduating seniors. The total amount of money donated since 1987 is almost $700,000. Qualified students are recommended by the school and selected by a Derby subcommittee. The Derby scholarship program has also enjoyed the support of the Ann E. Clark Foundation, the Tony and Renee Marlon Charitable Trust, and the Dougherty Family Trust, The Windmill Foundation, and Vineyard Vines. In 2020 the Derby was able to award three $10,000 scholarships, three $5000 scholarships, and two $2500 scholarships to the deserving students featured on this page. One of the scholarships has been named in honor of longtime Derby President and island educator Ed Jerome, whose vision led to the creation of the Derby Scholarship Program. Another is named in honor of island artist Ray Ellis, whose contributions to the Derby made the scholarship program flourish. The Derby Committee wishes these graduates success in their educational endeavors.


Joseph SerpaJoseph Serpa

Joseph is the 2020 recipient of the Edward J. Jerome Memorial Scholarship. He has been a successful Derby participant for many years and has developed a fascination with the ocean. At MVRHS, he was in the top 10% of his class, consistently garnered high academic honors and was a member of the National Honor Society. He volunteered many hours for activities such as Best Buddies, Peer Outreach, SWEAR and the Food Pantry. He was elected Captain of the sailing team and he has served as a junior Board member for Sail MV. In college, he plans to focus on marine engineering and naval architecture, aiming to develop the next generation of water-going vessels.

Joseph will attend the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Luke El-DeiryLuke El-Deiry

Luke has volunteered with the Derby for several years, helping with the annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge event, sharing his passion for fishing and his knowledge of our coast with wounded veterans. At MVRHS, Luke balanced a challenging academic schedule and played football, lacrosse and golf. Beyond the classroom, Luke dedicated his time to many community service initiatives and he has also worked for the past four years with the Tisbury Harbor Department as assistant to the Harbor Master. He aspires to earn his Captain’s License and, in conjunction with business studies, address the challenges facing our marine environment.

Luke will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.

Katherine O'BrienKatherine O'Brien

Katherine has been a successful Derby participant, starting as a mini-junior. She completed one of the most challenging academic programs offered by MVRHS, finishing in the top 10% of her class and achieving National Honor Society status. Kat excelled in multiple AP science courses and volunteered for two years as a teaching assistant in AP Biology. She also found time to represent her class in student government, play varsity basketball and lacrosse and volunteer for environmental causes. Her goal is to become a marine biologist, working to protect our oceans and marine life.

Katherine will attend the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.

Owen FavreauOwen Favreau

Owen excelled academically in high school, becoming a member of the National Honor Society and achieving a ranking in the top 10% of his class. His extracurricular record is equally impressive, co-founding a non-profit organization aimed at feeding those in need and serving as co-president of both the Environment Club and the Model UN, among his many community activities. He also was co-captain of the tennis team. Owen is interested in pursuing interdisciplinary studies in college, leading to a career in developing policies to promote global environmental sustainability.

Owen will attend Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Paige PoguePaige Pogue

Paige's career in high school was marked by high achievement in every area of endeavor. Academically, she ranked in the top 10% of her class and joined the National Honor Society. Her athletic achievements include playing on a state championship tennis team and holding the school record for shot put as captain of the indoor track team. As a cellist in the orchestra, she twice auditioned and played in the All-Cape Music Festival. Paige volunteered as a community facilitator and was elected to peer outreach, in addition to co-founding Pasta for the People and serving as vice president of the Environment Club. She intends to focus on environmental studies and international relations is college, with a career goal of working in an environmental field.

Paige will attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Molly CarrollMolly Carroll

Molly tackled an impressive curriculum of advanced coursework in high school, finishing in the top 20% of her class and joining the National Honor Society. In addition to her academic success, she played multiple sports while serving on the student council, editing the literary publication Seabreezes, excelling in art and photography and participating in several clubs. Molly was a member of the ice hockey and outdoor track and field teams and is also an award-winning figure skater who aspires to become a US certified coach, teaching young skaters the sport. She also volunteered for Relay for Life and worked in Costa Rica to build a school classroom. Her career goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist.

Molly will attend the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Tyla PackishTyla Packish

Tyla is the 2020 recipient of the Ray G. Ellis Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school graduate studying the fine and/or performing arts. In high school, Tyla was vice president of her class for three years and she served as president of the photography club. An accomplished student/athlete, Tyla was a member of the National Honor Society as well as being as captain of the track team. In addition to volunteering for numerous community activities, she served as editor for the literary publication Seabreezes. She plans to continue her interest in fashion and photography in college.

Tyla will attend the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Frank CrayFrank Cray

Frank is the 2020 recipient of Gregg Dougherty Memorial Scholarship. At MVRHS, he was a member of the football team and also participated in work study. Well-liked by his peers and teachers, Frank combined his academic interest in business with three years of vocational courses. He learned valuable marine skills during summer employment as a dock hand at the Harborside Inn and Vineyard Haven Marina. He plans to concentrate on business in college and he will also pursue obtaining his Captain’s License with a goal of becoming a certified yacht broker.

Frank will attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

A special thanks to the "ANN E. CLARK FOUNDATION" and VINEYARD VINES for their unsurpassed support of the scholarship program.