2019 JMBHF Dance Scholarship Recipients
“Our goal is to provide this opportunity to participate in Martial Arts so as to enhance the lives of young students, empowering them to be instruments of peace as they interact in their schools and communities at large.”
In an effort to empower and encourage a positive self-concept in the children and young adults in our communities, carry on Joseph's legacy by assisting them in exploring one of his passions: Martial Arts.
Joe's affinity for the martial arts started at about the same time he discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He loved everything about the show, had every action figure, costume, and play weapon you could imagine. And, he would put on shows re-enacting some of Leonardo’s, Raphael’s, Donataello’s, or Michaleangelo’s moves from the most recent episode. He oftentimes made his parents a bit nervous with his jumping spin kicks that started from the couch and ended on the floor. But, he always landed on his feet, and gave his parents a big laugh.
As a result of his cardiac condition, Joseph was unable to participate in many of the organized sports that so many young boys and girls participate in every weekend. But, Joe (and his parents) were finally able to convince his cardiologist to participate in martial arts. Two weeks before his untimely passing, Joseph participated in his first and only martial arts lesson. He LOVED every second of it. He was so excited to order his gi. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to wear it. But, we are so grateful that he had the opportunity to participate in this one lesson. It was such a happy day for him!
Even though Joey only got to attend one martial art lesson
he loved it ...
and we want to share that love!
If you have a child that would love to participate in martial arts lessons please fill out an application and mail it to
As educators, we believe in teaching the whole child. The martial arts can boost a child’s academic performance whilst transforming his/her character. Current research not only supports this but also shows how the martial arts enhance cognitive, behavioral, and social/emotional growth as well. Skills such as working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, a calm and positive attitude, imagination, and self-discipline are developed and enhanced through the study of the martial arts.
Our son’s passion for the martial arts- combined with this research- has moved us to create a martial arts scholarship in Joe’s name. Our goal is to provide this opportunity so as to enhance the lives of young students, empowering them to be leaders and to help others as they interact in their schools and communities at large.
To Apply to JMBHF 2019 Martial Arts Scholarship
The recipient of the "Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation" Martial Arts Scholarship will recieve a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to be used for martial arts lessons at a mutually agreeable location. Upon selection, the recipient (and family) may select a martial arts center in a convenient location within the United States. A member of our board of directors will contact the center to confirm authenticity. The payment will be made directly to the martial arts center of the recipient's choice.
Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at the JMBHF 6th Annual Celebrity ScoopFest at Shaw Farm in Dracut, MA on June 4th.
The application is open to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Completed applications should be mailed to the foundation at:
P.O. Box 428 Dracut, MA 01826.
Please be sure they are postmarked by: May 24th.
Parent/Guardian Commitment Form and Photo/Video & Media Waver
Letter of Recommendation
All students must provide a reference from an adult who is not a family member.
Examples of references would be a school teacher, a coach, religious education teacher,
martial arts teacher, or daycare provider, etc.
To request more information
about this mission or to participate, please contact:
Joseph Middlemiss BIG HEART Foundation, Inc.
PO BOX 428
Dracut, MA 01826
You can also request more information with this form: