The Michael C. Rothberg

September 11th Memorial Scholarship

to be awarded May 2018


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 2018, 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 April 23, 2018. 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 April 23rd 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 April 23, 2018 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 at and through the Sharon High School Guidance Department. The 2018 award winner will be notified by phone following the scholarship committee’s decision.

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

The 2018 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 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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Scholarship Winners

During the first ten years, more than $100,000 has been awarded to

Sharon High School students.

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Scholarship Winners - 2011


Divya Bhatia - $10,000

CLICK HERE to read Divya's essays


Joshua Berlin - $1,000

CLICK HERE to read Joshua's essays


Jacob Utter - $1,000

CLICK HERE to read Jacob's essays


Scholarship Winners - 2010

Michael Broder - $10,000

Michael with his family

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Michael Broder Essays


Samantha Rosenblum - $1,000

Samantha with her family

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Samantha Rosenblum Essays


Sherrie Wang - $1,000

Sherrie with her family

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Sherrie Wang Essays

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Scholarship Winners - 2009

Dennis Alexander Poliferno - $10,000

Dennis with his mother

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Dennis Poliferno essays


Caroline Duchin - $1,000

Caroline Duchin and her parents

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Caroline Duchin essays


Ethan Brett Richman - $1,000

Ethan and his parents

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Ethan Richman essays


Scholarship Winners - 2008

Dana Weinstein - $10,000

Dana Weinstein and her family


Jonathan Beagan - $1,000

Jonathan Beagan and his family


Lora Rosenblum - $1,000


Lora Rosenblum and her family



Scholarship Winners - 2007

Patrick Doherty - $10,000

Patrick Doherty and family


Jennifer Levye - $1,000

Jennifer Levye and family


Sarah Solomon - $1,000

Sarah Solomon and family


Scholarship Winners - 2006

Meara Sharma - $10,000

Daniel Bloom - $1,000

Matthew Rybak - $1,000

Michael Rybak - $1,000

Amy Kaplan - $1,000

Lexi Lepler - $1,000


Scholarship Winners - 2005

Daniel Babai - $5,000

Ariela Jacobs Borkan - $5,000

Jordana Truboff - $1,000

Iulia Fradkin - $1,000


Scholarship Winners - 2004

Gayle Sara Gordon - $2,500

Ellen Jih-Shiuan - $2,500

Jihan Carrie Leonard - $500

David Adam Mollitor - $500

Rachel Gesserman - $500

Coleen Rebecca Dunning - $2,500


Scholarship Winners - 2003

Kiyoshi Matsuyama - $2,500

Anupama Bhimavarapu - $2,500

Jordan Leef - $500


Scholarship Winners - 2002

Ilenna Elman - $2,500

Irina Litvak - $500