Applications Being Accepted for 51st Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship

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Lt. Paul Sullivan was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and a scholarship in his name has been given out for 49 years.

Lt. Paul Sullivan was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and a scholarship in his name has been given out for 50 years.

Organizers of the Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship sent out the following announcement:

The Lieutenant Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 51st annual Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship. The Scholarship Award of $5,000 will be awarded to a deserving high school senior to perpetuate Paul’s memory.

There will also be awards for the other finalists. Last year, a total of $23,000 was awarded to ten young men and women.

Paul was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Waltham in 1961. He was a 1965 graduate of Boston College. During those years he participated on many area athletic teams, most notably in the areas of basketball and baseball. He worked for the Watertown Recreation Department as a park instructor. After his college graduation, Paul taught at the West Jr. High School in Watertown and coached at Sacred Heart High School in Newton and St. Patrick’s High School in Watertown.

He volunteered for the Army, graduating from OCS and Ranger training. He was sent to Vietnam in early July 1968 and was killed in combat on August 9, 1968. He left behind his wife, his family, and his friends, all of whom had been deeply touched by his life.

This Scholarship was established in his memory by his family and friends to be awarded annually to that young person who best exemplifies the kind of person Paul was. Over the years, 51 young men and women have been recognized as recipients of the Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship and two hundred and eleven other young people have received recognition and financial assistance as finalists. Thousands of dollars have gone to college scholarships, sponsorship of athletic teams, and support of programs for youth.

Candidates may qualify for the scholarship if they belong to the following parishes: Sacred Heart – Newton; St. Mary’s – Waltham; or the collaboratives of St. Patrick’s – Watertown, Sacred Heart – Watertown, St. Luke’s – Belmont and St. Joseph’s – Belmont.

In addition, other Watertown residents, who meet the following criteria, are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who are involved in athletics, activities, and service in their school, religion, and community.

The Scholarship Awards will be presented at a reception on May 19th.

Applications may be obtained at the above-mentioned church rectories, area high school Guidance offices, or by calling Eleanor Donato at 617-484-5569.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 11, 2019.

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