Massport offers several scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Submissions for the Memorial Scholarship applications and essays will be accepted between November and April each year.
Thomas J. Butler Memorial Scholarship
The $5,000 Thomas J. Butler Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who resides in South Boston, is graduating from high school and has been accepted to an accredited college or university by the submission deadline.
Butler, the long-time Massport Director of Government and Community Affairs and son of South Boston, was the former mayor of the South Boston Boys Club, Youth Counselor and then Director of Little City Hall in Charlestown and former president of the South Boston Citizens Association and member of the South Boston Irish American Society. When he arrived at Massport in 1987 as a manager of intergovernmental relations, Butler was a licensed social worker who had worked in the Boston Juvenile Court, and for the City of Boston. He passed away in March 2011.
Thomas Butler Scholarship Criteria
Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship
The $5,000 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a young woman who resides in East Boston, is graduating from high school and has been accepted to an accredited college or university by the submission deadline.
Rauseo was a long-time employee of Massport and lifelong resident of East Boston. She graduated from East Boston High School and worked for more than 20 years as 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. She passed away in June 2009.
Donna Rauseo Scholarship Criteria
Lowell L. Richards III Memorial Scholarship
The $5,000 Lowell L. Richards III Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who resides in the City of Boston, Chelsea, Revere or Winthrop, is graduating from high school and has been accepted to an accredited college or university by the submission deadline.
Richards was responsible for Massport’s agency-wide 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. 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. He passed away in 2012.
Lowell L. Richards III Scholarship Criteria
Deborah Hadden Gray Memorial Scholarship
The $5,000 Deborah Hadden Gray Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who resides in the City of Boston, Chelsea, Revere or Winthrop, is graduating from high school and has been accepted to an accredited college, university or registered apprentice program by the submission deadline.
Deborah (Deb) Hadden Gray joined the Massachusetts Port Authority in 1994 focusing on environmental compliance and served as Port Director for the Authority from 2012-2015. Deb graduated from Bucknell University and earned a Master's Degree in Biology from Northeastern University in the evenings. She had a tremendous impact on Massport’s Maritime mission particularly shown through her advocacy for the working port and the Boston Harbor Dredging Project. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Deb was a devoted Mom to her two sons and volunteered her time to many causes. She passed away in August 2019.
Deborah Hadden Gray Scholarship Criteria
Please contact Audrey Nagle in Massport's Community Relations Department at
617-568-3736 with any questions. Diversity STEM Scholarships
Massport’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance (“ODIC”) offers a scholarship to attract students of color to pursue careers in the transportation industry and since 2007 ODIC has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships.
Two $3,000 Diversity STEM Scholarships will be awarded annually to graduating high school seniors of color with a minimum 3.0 GPA who reside or attend schools in the city of Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, Revere, Worcester, Bedford, Concord, Lexington, or Lincoln. Students must be involved in community service and interested in pursuing a degree that could be utilized in the Transportation Industry. Areas of study may include but not limited to Aviation, Maritime, Real Estate, Business Administration, Accounting, Architecture, Engineering, Finance, or Human Resources.
Diversity STEM Scholarship Criteria
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