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Massport Awards Annual Memorial Scholarships

Monday, July 22, 2013

Scholarships honor memory of longtime employees

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipients of the Authority’s annual memorial scholarships honoring longtime employees Donna Rauseo and Lowell Richards III. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students who have shown an interest in community service, have been accepted to an accredited college or university and have submitted essay’s describing their career interests or how community service has affected their outlook on life. Scholarship essays are judged by a committee of Massport employees and family representatives.

In a joint statement, Senator Anthony Petuccelli, Representative Carlo Basile, and Councilor Sal LaMatina offered their sincerest congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Massport Memorial Scholarships. Noting that the awards are a wonderful way to honor the memories and continue the legacies of individuals whose lives positively impacted the community of East Boston.

The Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship was awarded to East Boston resident Sydney Orlando. Sydney is a graduate of East Boston High School and will be attending Boston College beginning this fall.  The $5,000 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who resides in East Boston. Ms. Rauseo was a graduate of East Boston High School and for more than 20 years was the executive assistant to Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. when he served as Aviation Director of Logan Airport and later as CEO and Executive Director for Massport.  In her essay, Sydney described the “power of community” and her satisfaction hosting breast cancer awareness activities in East Boston and giving her time supporting veterans and volunteering at the Crossroads Family Shelter. 

The Lowell Richards III Memorial Scholarship was awarded to East Boston resident Carly Zinn. Carly is a graduate of Boston Latin Academy and will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The $5,000 Lowell Richards Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who resides in the City of Boston. Mr. Richards was responsible for Massport’s strategic and master planning activities, including the airports and the seaport, as well as the agency’s private commercial and residential real estate development in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown.  He joined Massport in 1999. Mr. Richards previously was an Assistant Secretary of Administration and Finance and Chief Development Officer for the Commonwealth and Deputy Mayor for Fiscal Affairs and Collector-Treasurer in the City of Boston. In her essay, Carly described how she “never wants to give up the dedication to help people and to take the knowledge and use it to relate to all types of people she may encounter in the future.”

“Congratulations to this year’s memorial scholarship awards and good luck to each of you in your studies,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “It’s fitting that we remember our friends and colleagues with a living memorial to their memory – and one that also carries on their important work.”

To be considered for a Massport Memorial Scholarship students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

•     Residency requirements
•     High school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA
•     Letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university
•     Involvement in community service
•     Obtain two letters of recommendation, one of which MUST be from the community 
       service agency where the applicant has volunteered  

Students interested in applying for a Massport Memorial Scholarship must submit an essay of 1,000 words describing their interest how their community service has affected their outlook on life. Students interested in applying for the 2014 scholarship should visit for eligibility requirements.

Photo Caption (left to right) Massport CEO Thomas P Glynn, scholarship recipients Sydney Orlando and Carly Zinn.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.  For more information please visit