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Malden Catholic Student Wins Thoreau Scholarship

Malden Catholic Student Wins Thoreau Scholarship


Charles J. Dilman, a graduate of Malden Catholic High School 2022, will be entering college this autumn as a Thoreau Scholar. The scholarship, named for the 19th-century naturalist and author Henry David Thoreau, is a prestigious award given annually to only eight Massachusetts high school seniors.

The son of Robert and Marianne Dilman, Charlie credits Assistant Scoutmaster Julie Lambert for his early interest in the environment. Staying on as a scoutmaster after her two sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Ms. Lambert shared her knowledge of geology, botany, and wildlife with her troop as they hiked the Middlesex Fells Reservation trails. Charlie expanded upon what he learned from Ms. Lambert in his school’s AP Capstone program and STEM fairs where he studied renewable energy technologies such as wind and biofuel. Charlie hopes to eventually specialize in effectively utilizing and recycling the world’s limited natural resources.

This fall, Charlie will be a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he intends to major in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The Henry David Thoreau Scholarship is a four-year tuition scholarship awarded to eight students graduating from high schools in Massachusetts. High school seniors awarded the Thoreau Scholarship can enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally-related field. Thoreau Scholars are encouraged to enroll in internships or study abroad to broaden their awareness and understanding of environmental issues.  

The Thoreau Foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally-related internships, offering internship stipends, and providing networking opportunities. A sign of success of the Thoreau Foundation’s mission to foster environmental leadership is the support past scholarship winners provide to present scholarship winners.

To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Thoreau Scholarship, please visit Scholarship applications open October 15 at with a February 1 deadline.



Since 1932, Malden Catholic High School has shaped emerging leaders in our community, claiming a Nobel Laureate, a Senator, two ambassadors and countless community and business heads among its alumni. Annually, graduates attend some of the nation’s most renown universities including Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Brown, Cornell, Tufts, Duke, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Northeastern, Boston University and Amherst College. Foundational to student success is Malden Catholic’s codivisional model which offers the best of both worlds, single-gender academics during the day and integrated social and extracurricular opportunities after school. Malden Catholic is known in the community for its rigorous academics, SFX Scholars Program and award-winning STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with electives such as Robotics and Engineering Design. Malden Catholic curricula is designed to improve individual growth mindset, leadership principles and success outcomes along with integrating the Xaverian values of trust, humility, compassion, simplicity and zeal. 

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