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Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the 2018 Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in April 2019. 

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients:

Emma Taylor, daughter of Mark and Judy Taylor will attend Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. this Fall, where she plans to be a Business Major. Emma was sponsored for the scholarship by her Grandfather, George Cauley , who is a member of the A.O.H. Emma, presently a student at Hampshire Regional High School has taken on leadership roles in the student council as a peer mentor to students with disabilities, providing math support to younger students and assisting in the school’s office. She has given back to the community by promoting and serving meals for the homeless community members with her family at a local shelter. Taylor has stepped up to help victims of the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico by collecting and delivering a truckload of food and clothing to the victims. Further Ms. Taylor organized a small group of students from Hampshire Regional to help the elderly residents at Rockridge Senior Living Center in Northampton.

Michael Pratt, son of David and Karla Pratt will attend Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. this Fall where he will major in Sports Management. Michael was sponsored for the scholarship by his Grandmother Judy Pratt who is a member of the L.A.O.H.  While at South Hadley High, Michael was the recipient of the Principal’s Leadership Award; the captain of the varsity football team; and a participant in a number of school- related programs: “Bag the Community” which provides food for the needy and “Best Buddies” tutoring program. Moreover, he has assisted with the Special Olympics and the Holyoke Police Toy Drive.

2018 scholarships will be awarded at the AOH/LAOH Summer Picnic at the Wherehouse? on Saturday June 23rd  – see Events Calendar for ticket information.  


 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