Congratulations to the 2021 recipients:
Ethan Dupont, son of Mark and Cheryl Dupont of Holyoke attended Holyoke High School and will attend Massachusetts College of Arts and Design in Boston where he hopes to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in communication design. He was nominated for the scholarship by his mother Cheryl Dupont (LAOH). Ethan worked for several years at the Wherehouse? on the Hibernian Irish Night alongside AOH President Paul Hogan and friend Charlie Popp and expressed a sadness at their recent passing.
Catherine Morrissey, daughter of John and Mary Morrissey of Westfield, attended Westfield High School and will attend Fairfield University in Fairfield CT. She was nominated by her Grandfather George Cauley (AOH). She echoed the words of the late Mayor Martin Dunn about Maurice Donahue: “He dedicated his life to helping other people and making his community a better place to live.” Catherine plans to pursue a career in nursing.
Aidan Sullivan, son of Michael and Wendy Sullivan of Holyoke, attended Holyoke High will attend AIC College in Springfield, Mass. Aidan volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. He was nominated by his mother Wendy Sullivan (LAOH). Aidan was happy to receive the scholarship so that he can concentrate on his studies so he will be in the best position to succeed.
About the Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship:
The AOH was fortunate to have had the late Maurice A. Donahue, Massachusetts Senate President, as one of its staunch supporters. Maurice supported our speaker’s program, The Shanachie Newsletter, and the Makem-Clancy Concerts.
On April 26, 1980, our beloved Treasurer, the late John F. Kennedy, a local banker, announced that the AOH Scholarship would be named the Maurice A. Donahue Scholarship Award.
Since 1980, it is estimated that the club has awarded up to $60,000.00 to exemplary kin and/or relatives of AOH members. Monies were raised by the Shamrock Open, by the Ned Dean Golf Tournaments by Thomas Francis Dillon (1980-1994), the John F. Kennedy (Banker Jack) Golf Tournaments by Daniel P. Curran (1994-2006), and by the Irish Quilt Raffles by Paula Paoli, President and other members of the LAOH ( 2000-2012).
The AOH Irish Night, held annually, now renamed The Daniel P. Curran Irish Night, is the main fundraiser for the Maurice A. Donahue Scholarship fund, besides the other smaller events held throughout the year.
About Maurice A. Donahue:
“Let us place ourselves in the shoes of the less fortunate, and determine humanely what we all must do- and do it.”
Maurice A. Donahue
Democratic National Convention (Chicago, 1968)
“He lived the words of integrity, honesty, dignity, decency, scholarship, and intellect.”
David Bartley (June 17, 1999)
Maurice A. Donahue served as:
- 1949 – Elected State Representative
- 1951 – Elected State Senator, 2nd Hampden District
- Re-Elected to the State Senate eight times from 1952-1966
- 1959 –1964 Senate Majority Leader
- March 25, 1964-1970 President of the Massachusetts State Senate
- University of Massachusetts – 1970-1988
- Walsh-Saltonstall Professor of Practical Politics
- Director of the Institute for Governmental Services
“Maurice A. Donahue has dedicated his life to helping other people and making his community a better place to live. He worked in a manner not to bring credit upon himself but only to bring aid to others. He truly exemplifies what a public servant should be.”
Mayor Martin J. Dunn (January 6, 1969)
“He stands out as the politician who has done the most for Education in the Commonwealth.”
The Boston Globe