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Massport Awards First Annual Memorial Scholarships
East Boston and South Boston Graduates Receive $5,000 Awards
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipients of the Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship and Thomas J. Butler Memorial Scholarship.
The $5,000 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship honors Donna Rauseo, a long-time employee of Massport at Logan International Airport and lifelong resident of East Boston. The scholarship was awarded to East Boston resident Iris Umaña. Iris is a graduate of East Boston High School and will be attending Smith College beginning this fall.
The $5,000 Thomas J. Butler Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Thomas Butler, the long-time Massport Director of Government and Community Affairs and son of South Boston. The scholarship was awarded to South Boston resident Brittany Miller. Brittany is a graduate of Boston Latin School and will be attending Boston University.
“Tommy Butler and Donna Rauseo were not only integral and well-loved members of the Massport community, they were also beloved members of their own communities, committed to improving the lives of young people in their neighborhoods, and that is why we established scholarships in their name,” said Interim Massport CEO David Mackey. “Massport congratulates Iris and Brittany and wish them well as they begin this exciting new chapter of their lives.”
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.
Mr. Butler 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.
To be considered for a Butler or Rauseo Scholarship, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay of 1,000 words describing their career interests or how their community service has affected their outlook on life. In her essay Iris described how she has “experienced the rich feeling of accomplishment and helping others, the feeling of having people recognize one’s accomplishments and hard work.” Brittany spoke of how much she has discovered from the different people she has helped and how that has “taught me how to deal with people and strengthen my relations with them.” explaining that “most importantly [volunteering] has taught me to put others before myself.” Recipients are chosen by a committee made up of Massport employees and family representatives. Students interested in applying for the 2012 scholarship should visit www.massport.com/scholarships for eligibility requirements.
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.