Barbara Gorham Maysilles Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship was established in April 2010, by Barbara Gorham Maysilles, Class of 1945, to fund a scholarship for a full-time (12 credits or more per semester) Johnson State College student who is in good academic standing and has high financial need. The scholarship can go to either men or women, and there is no geographic restriction. The student is selected by the JSC Alumni Association's Scholarship Committee, from the field of applicants applying for alumni association scholarships.


Biographical Information

Barbara Gorham Maysilles is originally from Morrisville. She received her teaching certificate from Johnson Normal School in 1945 and taught for eight years. JNS was then giving a two-year condensed course, and Barbara left JNS with a teaching contract for a rural school in Craftsbury after her first year, returning to graduate in 1945. After teaching one more year in Craftsbury, she taught fourth grade for three years at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax and then went on to teach at the Kurn Hattin Homes for three years. She married David Maysilles in 1951, and shortly thereafter her husband began his career in the United States Marine Corps. Her husband retired from the U S Marine Corps as a Lt. Col, and then went on to a second career as executive director of Kurn Hattin for 18 years. They have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren.


All her life she has been very active in church, club, and civic work. During her family's 25 years with the Marine Corps, she was active in Officer Wives Clubs. On returning to New England, she became active with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, at the local, district, state, and regional levels. She was President of the Vermont Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1986 to 1988 and Vice President of the GFWC New England Conference 1998 to 2000. The Maysilles live in Walpole, New Hampshire, where Barbara says she is very much enjoying retirement and her many civic activities.


Barbara says, “I owe JNS for the training to be a teacher and for the help I received. Now it is my wish to help with scholarships and to pay back!”


Pictured aboved: Mrs. and Mr. Maysilles and Angelica Caterino, winner of the first Maysilles Scholarship.