Hey – here’s a fun fact: COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE. Well, it is a fact, but there isn’t anything ‘fun’ about it. However the The South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund has been putting a little ‘fun’ into that fact for nearly 20 years by helping Southie kids defray the high cost of a college education.
Just last month, the organization held its annual golf tournament and raised more than $25,000! The golf tournament is the organization’s only fundraising event and it was their best year ever as they exceeded their goal. Since the Fund’s inception they board of directors has awarded 169 scholarships for a total of $232,500 dollars awarded to South Boston kids headed to college.
Vice Chairman Moss Lynch was one of those kids who now works to support the effort. Lynch, 27, was awarded a scholarship just 10 years ago. “We aim to recognize our South Boston Youth for their hard work and efforts in school and towards their community, by rewarding them with scholarship funding for college,” explains Lynch. “Each year, the scholarship fund chooses up to ten young people in the community who have dedicated their time to community involvement, studied hard and received great grades at school, and has a family need which we can help meet,” he added.
Make no doubt however that the success of this program is largely in part due to the efforts of Chairman Ed Buccigross. Longtime Trustee Laura Delaney explains: “I have been a trustee since the beginning of the program, and our chairman Ed has done the majority of the work to grow the fund over the past 22 years. He is now 83 years old and is stepping back a little and letting the other trustees take more responsibility. But if not for Ed’s dedication and perseverance this fund would not be the success that it is,” she added.
Just before the fund’s golf tournament in early June the board awarded eleven South Boston students scholarships $2000 each towards their college expenses. The awardees are:
Annie Coyne, Sean Coyne, Aidan O’Toole, Family Representative of Nolan Rooney (Nolan was not present), Ethan Shaffer, Eric Lopes, Kerry Keaney, Thomas Bohan, Emmett Forde. Not present in photo: Maggie Hart & Brogan McGonagle
Congrats kids, and we hope you too can someday lift up a South Boston student and help support their continued education!