By Reid Oslin
A scholarship fund in education has been established in memory of Cynthia J. Sullivan, a 1979 Lynch School of Education graduate who died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 34, through a $1.1 million gift from Sullivanís family and friends.
The scholarship will provide full tuition support to qualified LSOE seniors each year. It also will provide an award and stipend to be presented at Commencement to the winners, who can use the funds for post-graduate travel and living expenses while pursuing an area of academic interest, or for costs related to graduate studies.
"The scholarship endowed in Cindyís name and the opportunities that it will give to Boston College students is a very fitting tribute to her," said her brother, Richard Sullivan. "She would be very pleased that other fine people are going to benefit from a scholarship that will allow them to grow and learn through experience and education."
A committee appointed by LSOE Dean Mary Brabeck will select the Sullivan Scholars from candidates in their junior year with a 3.5 grade point average or better who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as well as financial need. The first two Sullivan Scholars will be selected this spring and recognized at the 2001 Commencement Exercises.
"The postgraduate award aspect of the scholarship
and financial support that it offers is creative and exciting," said Brabeck.
"It emphasizes something that is very important to us in the Lynch School
of Education: Learning is a lifelong experience that doesnít stop at the
door of Boston College."
Cynthia Sullivan '79 (yearbook photo)
Brabeck termed the new scholarship program "a terrific and positive statement about the importance of teaching. This award recognizes both the worth and the very good work of our students, and will encourage them to continue to excel."
After graduating from Boston College with honors, Sullivan began a successful career as a teacher, educational administrator and businesswoman in her hometown of Wellesley. She taught at the townís Warren School and the Tenacre Country Day School, where she later was appointed director of admission. In 1986, Sullivan became president of GlobalSports, Ltd. in Wellesley and organized tours and special programs for the Olympic Winter Games and the National Basketball Association. She also served as president of Wellesley Hills Travel, Inc.
The scholarship carrying Sullivanís name reflects her interest and talents in the field of education. "Cindyís experience in and outside the classroom molded her into the wonderful person that she came to be," said Richard Sullivan.
Sullivan recalled that even as a child, his sister had a knack for teaching. "When she was nine or 10 years old," he said, "she would sit her brothers and sisters down in front of a blackboard, playing teacher and holding classes, and keeping us interested and entertained and out from under our Momís busy feet."
Her undergraduate education solidified Sullivanís teaching talents, her brother added. "Boston College, and the friends she made there, influenced her and guided her to becoming a wonderful young woman," he said.
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