Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund

Susan M Scully with Melrose Seal next to her
Susan M Scully


Susan M. Scully was born in Norwood in 1961 to Carol and Michael Scully. She was the second of four children. Susan was a bright, sensitive woman with a dry Yankee wit. In high school she was active in the honor society, student government, debate, and other student activities. She was a terrific debater, winning many individual and team awards.

When Susan was 16, doctors discovered severe bone cancer in her left leg. The leg was amputated. Susan carried on the fight with spirit and determination.

In 1979 Susan graduated from Melrose High School. She was among the top five students in the class. She received an award for “courage and strength of spirit in the face of unusual difficulties.” As she walked unaided to the podium, the class and audience gave her a standing ovation.

She went on to study Government at Harvard Radcliffe College. She worked with the Catholic Student Center, served as the Coordinator of Handicapped Student Affairs, and worked at an activity center for mentally retarded adults. She also interned with then-Boston City Councillor Raymond Flynn and worked for State Representative Michael Barrett. Troubled by the plight of the homeless, she did extensive research for the Cambridge Housing and Elderly Affairs Commissions.

When Susan graduated from Harvard in 1983 she was presented with the Ames Award for outstanding service to the community and to those in need. The Ames Award is the sole award given to a student at Harvard University’s Class Day.

After graduation, Susan worked on the campaign to elect Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, and then became a member of his transition team. From March 1984 to April 1985, Susan served as the City of Boston’s Commissioner of Handicapped Affairs.

The cancer recurred. As her health deteriorated Susan worked even harder. She didn’t tell people how sick she was. She wanted to work as hard as she could for as long as she could.

On April 11, 1985, Susan died. She left behind many people who loved, respected and admired her. She is missed very much. This fund was established to provide a scholarship for a high school senior who plans to pursue a career in public service.

THE MELROSE HIGH SCHOOL PERMANENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND congratulates you upon receiving this memorial scholarship. The founders of this scholarship will always be interested in your plans and progress.

Susan M. Scully Memorial Scholarship

Preference to a boy or girl who intends to pursue a career in public service. For the purpose of this scholarship, public service is defined as any occupation disposed to advance the interest of public good, including, but not limited to medicine, law, nursing, education, politics, theology, social work, government, public administration, and the allied health professions

Category: Career, All

Specifics: Public Service

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