Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mayor Announces Winners of MGHPCC Scholarships

Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse today is announcing the winners of four scholarship awards totaling $16,000 from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) to Holyoke Public School students. The announcement will be at MGHPCC at 3 pm today.

“I’m proud of our students and grateful to the MGHPCC and its member institutions for their support of the scholarship program,” said Morse. “The program is just one part of the MGHPCC’s commitment to the city and of our partnership around education and workforce training.”

“To our member institutions, this scholarship program is about not just helping deserving students along the path to success, but cultivating a new generation of leaders who will make a difference for society across a range of endeavors,” said John Goodhue, the executive director of the MGHPCC. “We’re delighted to invest in these students and we congratulate them on their achievements thus far.”

The MGHPCC scholarship program, in its fourth year, is open to any Holyoke Public School student matriculating at one of the five founding institutions of the MGHPCC: Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, MIT or UMass. It is open to students in any major and not limited to students of computer science or other scientific disciplines. Recipients are chosen based on an 800-word essay answering the question, “What do you see as the three biggest challenges currently facing Holyoke, and what would you do to address them?”

“Higher education opens up a world of options and opportunities,” said Dr. Stephen Zrike, superintendent of schools. “By winning these scholarships and getting accepted to MGHPCC member universities, these students have already demonstrated their ability to work hard and compete. I have every confidence that they will continue along the path to academic and life success.”

This year’s recipients of the $4,000 scholarships are:

Jack Courchesne (UMass Amherst).
Jelitza Gonzalez (UMass Amherst).
Andrew Mier (UMass Amherst).
Josephine Moriarty (Boston University).
About the City of Holyoke
Holyoke is an exciting community with committed citizens, a rich history, a dynamic business sector, and a wide variety of opportunities. Holyoke developed in the 19th Century as the nation’s first planned industrial community, at one time boasting the greatest paper production in the world. The City’s attractive complement of urban scale and natural serenity includes numerous mill sites as well as a collection of parks, historic sites and recreation destinations.

About the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a ground-breaking collaboration of five of the state’s most research-intensive universities, state government and private industry — the most significant collaboration among government, industry and public and private universities in the history of the Commonwealth, and the first facility in the nation of its kind. The 90,000-square-foot computing facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts, opened in November 2012. Funding was provided by the five member universities — Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts — the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco, EMC, and the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program. The member universities will fund the ongoing operation of the MGHPCC. For more information on the Massachusetts High Performance Computing Center, visit

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