SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This was a day to help high school students further their education. The Edward P. Boland Scholarship fund helped 30 Western Massachusetts young people pay for their education.
On Saturday during the 25th annual scholarship breakfast at the school named in honor of former Congressman Boland, the students received their scholarship money of up to $2,500 each.
The Congressman’s widow, Attorney Mary Boland has kept alive her late husband’s passion for helping deserving students attend college. She told 22News, “Eddie was always interested in education. He felt that was the key to progress, and to help these students as little as we can but still help them move forward is motivation for me and the committee.”
Scholarship recipient Perla Garcia told 22News, “I previously attended Edward P. Boland Elementary School so when I got the scholarship, it felt like home. I attended school here, I think it means a piece of home to help me in the future.”
The scholarship fund that bears his name was established in 1988, when Edward Boland retired after serving the Springfield area in Congress for more than 35 years.