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College Club of Greater Lawrence
Kathelleen Corey Rahme, Methuen City Council

It’s that time of year again. The college applications are in and now it’s time to apply for those scholarships. With the costs of higher education being what they are, every little bit counts. The College Club of Greater Lawrence is offering eighteen, $1,500 scholarships this year to deserving students.

The applications can be obtained from the guidance departments of local schools and are due on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. A scholarship committee is responsible for reading and reviewing each application and they carefully select the winners based on academic performance, leadership, community service and financial need. Students who are planning to attend a four-year college or university are eligible. There is an essay component where students must write about their personal and career goals. Residents of Andover, North Andover, Methuen, and Lawrence are eligible. Graduating seniors from Andover High School, Central Catholic, Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School, Brooks, Lawrence High School, Methuen High School, North Andover High School, Presentation of Mary Academy and Phillips Academy are eligible to apply. Winners will be notified by May 11, 2007, and there will be a scholarship dinner on June 5, 2007 to honor the recipients.

What is the College Club of Greater Lawrence? Eighty-six years ago, a group of women interested in promoting friendship among female college graduates and in providing scholarships to students graduating from Greater Lawrence high schools, formed the College Club of Greater Lawrence. Since its inception, hundreds of local students have benefited from the benevolence of this club as recipients of thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

In the early years, the club relied on bake sales and other fund raiser to provide scholarships. In the early years, $50 scholarships were given. In 1942, a $100 scholarship was awarded to Miss Georgia McHugh who graduated Salutatorian from Searles High School in Methuen. She went to the University of Massachusetts and later became an executive at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in California. She died a millionaire at the age of 63. To demonstrate her appreciation of the club’s generosity, she bequeathed a sum of money to the College Club of Greater Lawrence to be used specifically for scholarships.

It is through prudent investing that the College Club has been able to continue and expand its scholarship program. Fluctuations in the market dictate the award amount and numbers given. It is because of the wise investments of the funds from the generosity of Georgia McHugh that the club has been able to promote college work and provide scholarships.

Every year the members are able to meet the recipients at the scholarship dinner. As a member for the past nine years, the students continue to impress me. I have heard their testimonials regarding their desired career paths and they have included pediatric thoracic surgeons, educators, and photojournalists. The membership is quite diverse in age and career paths. Members include educators, business women, retirees, and other professionals. Some women are currently out of the work force and raising their families. The common thread is a desire to promote scholarship among educated women.

The College Club of Greater Lawrence is always looking for new members. If you are a female, graduate of a four-year college and are interested in meeting other women who share your background, this club is for you. The College Club is currently seeking new members who are interested in supporting local, college bound students. Yearly dues are only $20 and there are only four meetings a year, as well the scholarship dinner. The meetings are always quite entertaining and would satisfy a variety of interests. Some past programs include story tellers, politicians, published authors, an origami master, interior designer, student and professional musicians, antique appraiser, and motivational speakers.

Club President, Linda Friel acknowledged that the club is eager to promote its scholarships as well as its networking and social potentials. One hundred thirty-six women are members.  “Our students are our future, and the College Club of Greater Lawrence continues to provide them with assistance as they leave high school and move into higher education,” said Friel.

I would like to thank President Linda Friel for her assistance in writing this column. If you would like to join this club, call Friel at 978-372-1027 or email her at

Kathleen Corey Rahme is the former Central District Councilor in Methuen and was elected as a city councilor “at large” last year. She is also the founder of the Methuen Youth Corps and hosts “Call to Serve.” You can email her at kcoreyrahme @comcast.net

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The March 2007 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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