2017 Passion for Action Celebration Raises $110K

November 13, 2017

Passion for Action scholarsWheelock's 2017 Passion for Action Celebration raised more than $110,000 to support the Passion for Action Scholarship Program. Recipients of the Passion for Action Scholarship have nurtured and applied their passions as high school students, becoming young leaders of change in their communities, their nation, and the world before they even begin college.

This year's celebration, held on Wheelock's Brookline campus, honored Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his dedication to diversity and inclusion in Boston and the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) for its work creating programs and practical resources to reduce stigma, promote self-advocacy skills, and create real change for the on in five children and adults with brain-based learning disabilities.

Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education for the City of Boston, accepted the award on behalf of Mayor Marty Walsh and thanked Wheelock College for the leadership it has provided in the city of Boston.

Mimi Corcoran, President and CEO of NCLD, had some advice for the student scholars. "We need your voice," she said. "We need your energy. We're not going to do anything without you. Be smart. Be a little impatient."

Several Passion for Action Scholars shared stories with the guests about their personal callings and talked about the work they have done since coming to Wheelock. Passion for Action Scholar Carolyn Lopez '19, spoke of the countless opportunities available to Passion for Action Scholars, including service learning locally and globally and internships at the Statehouse. She said, "The Passion for Action Program is more than a scholarship; it is a pathway to learning and personal growth."

In his remarks, Wheelock President David Chard described Wheelock Founder Lucy Wheelock as "an innovator ahead of her time" and said Wheelock's pending merger with Boston University will preserve her nearly 130-year legacy.

"As a pioneer in the kindergarten movement in America, she believed that early childhood education was the solution to many of society's problems, and she crossed lines that were not often crossed in her era," Dr. Chard said. "I am so pleased that Lucy Wheelock's legacy will continue at the Wheelock College for Education and Human Development at Boston University."

Pictured: Wheelock's Passion for Action student scholars

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