The Reid R Sacco Memorial Scholarship Fund will award a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating senior who qualifies on the basis of his or her pursuit of excellence in academics and athletics, and by virtue of their perseverance and strength of character.
Applications for the 2017 award are due no later than Monday, April 17, 2017.
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This scholarship is named in honor of Reid R. Sacco, Lynnfield High Class of 2003. Reid was an exceptional student, musician, athlete, teacher, and human being. Reid possessed several qualities that made these achievements possible: a passion for learning and growing; a passion for life and living; a genuine compassion for others; and a selfless and courageous character able to navigate the most difficult of setbacks with perseverance, humility and humor. These are examples of the qualities the Scholarship Selection Committee will be looking for in the applications in 2017.
Reid was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in April 2003, just before he graduated with high honors from Lynnfield High School. He was forced to defer from Columbia University, where he had been accepted as an engineering student. Reid believed in throwing himself into life, in living it to the fullest. His accomplishments reflect this attitude: He was a talented musician, playing violin for the Symphony-by-the-Sea Youth Orchestra in Salem, Massachusetts and tenor saxophone for Lynnfield High School’s concert and jazz bands. He also played piano and guitar. Reid was a captain of his high school swim team, a team that he helped launch in 2000 and which continues today. In 2003 Reid was named Boston Globe All-Scholastic in Men’s Swimming and was named to the Globe’s 2003 All-Star Swim Team. He went on to compete at the national championships in Florida during his senior year of high school.
Despite an aggressive battle that took him through months of intense chemotherapy and radiation and through countless surgeries that eventually claimed a kidney, a lung, and one leg, the cancer took his life on April 16, 2005. But his passing launched a huge movement to “alter the course” of adolescent and young adult cancers. The all-volunteer Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance, through the Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon, has made it possible to establish two Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Programs. One is at Tufts Medical Center and includes a dedicated AYA Cancer Clinic; the other is at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and focuses on making new clinical trials available to this underserved population.
Interested in applying? Download the application form and apply by Monday, April 17, 2017.