This is what a winner looks like!

Congratulations to Meghan Mulvey!

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I was honored to be part of the process of selecting this year’s recipient of the Fran Brennan Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Salem Democratic Town Committee to a high school senior. This student must live in Salem, but does not necessarily need to attend Salem High School.

The Scholarship Committee met at my home to review packages from seventeen Salem seniors. All of the personal information was redacted; we could not see the gender or name of the individuals applying for the scholarship, nor could we be influenced by the political views of the student or their family, unless the student chose to include it in their resume. We evaluated each student based on academics, school activites, community service, and economic need. Each student was also asked to provide us with a copy of the essay that they submitted when applying for college.

There were many deserving students, but Meghan Mulvey stood out, and we were happy to select her as the winner.

Today our scholarship was presented to Meghan, who is heading to Tufts, with the goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon. Meghan is first in her class, is captain of the soccer and basketball teams, and has been involved as a volunteer in many civic activities. This is what a winner looks like!

Congratulations, Meghan!

As part of the event in Meghan’s honor, there was a luncheon at Black Water Grill, a message from Congresswoman Annie Kuster, and a congratulatory speech from the gubernatorial candidate, Steve Marchand.

Here is Steve Marchand‘s speech:

After Steve spoke, Larry Disenhof presented the award to Meghan Mulvey, followed by Meghan’s reading of her essay:

Steve Marchand poses with Bonnie Wright after the ceremony.