FTA Education Awards
Officers of The Framingham Teachers Association will be giving out two awards to Framingham High
School Seniors at the Academic Awards Night in May 2019. The FTA Education Awards are given to the
children of members of the Framingham Teachers Association who are graduating from high school in
2019 as well as other graduating seniors at Framingham High School. The students must be planning to
enter an education program in the fall. Last year we were able to give eight $400.00 awards. (The
amount is dependent upon the generosity of FTA members and retirees.)
The Kevin Flynn Doherty Scholarship
The Kevin Flynn Doherty Scholarship is in memory of Kevin Flynn Doherty, who died in a tragic accident while he was a student at Framingham North High School. Kevin’s mother, Barbara Defino, a teacher at Hemenway School for over 30 years bequeathed the money for this scholarship when she passed away in 2014. The request is that $1,000 be given to a FHS student graduating in 2019 who is a good, caring young man or woman going on to college. Applications are available on line as well as in the FHS guidance office and must be submitted by March 18, 2019.
Paul V. Thorp Scholarship Award
This education award will be presented by family members for the Paul V. Thorp Scholarship
which was established in 2018 to honor a life’s work dedicated to education. It was created to
assist students with a desire to enter the field of teaching. Mr. Thorp served as Science
Department Head for Walsh Middle School and Framingham High School, and was a member of
the Education and Science Dept. at Framingham State University training future teachers until
2017. Throughout a career devoted to the betterment of young people, he began his career in
1968 at Waltham High School teaching Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, where he later
served as a headmaster until 1996. He spent four years as principal of Hopedale Junior-Senior
High School, taught at St. Louis School in Honolulu, and taught Biology at Ashland High School.
Paul strongly believed every student at every learning ability deserved respect and educational
opportunity. Paul retired from teaching in June of 2018. The applicant of this scholarship should
have a desire to pursue a science/teaching major in higher education. Paul retired from
teaching in June of 2018. The scholarship in Paul’s memory will be approximately $500.