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Senior Matthew Farrell of Wakefield Receives Prestigious Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship

Malden Catholic High School is proud to announce that senior Matthew Farrell of Wakefield has been named a Boston University Cardinal Medeiros Scholar. Matt will receive a full-tuition scholarship to study at Boston University beginning in the fall.

Before attending Malden Catholic, Matt attended kindergarten through grade 8 at Saint Joseph School in Wakefield. He returned to St. Joe’s for his senior Christian service project in 2019.

Medeiros Scholars are chosen based on their academic record, contributions to their school and community, and the input of their school administration and counseling department. The scholarship is presented annually to 12 graduates of Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston in memory of the late Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Archbishop of Boston from 1970-1973.

Matt has ambitious plans to use his Medeiros Scholarship to study engineering at Boston University, with the goal of pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering in a 5th year. In addition to formative experiences in AP Biology and Calculus at Malden Catholic, Matt identified MC alumnus and former Medeiros Scholar Alex O’Donovan ’12 as having a significant influence on his decision to apply to Boston University to study engineering.

“During my sophomore career day, I vividly remember Alex talking about his studies at BU,” said Matt. “I’ve always had an interest in medicine and engineering, so Alex’s stories about his diabetes research really made an impact on me. My eventual goal is to enter the field of prosthetics.” Matt also credits his father, an engineer, with providing inspiration for his academic and career pursuits.

A member of the St. Francis Xavier Scholars program, Matt finished his academic career ranked 4th in his class. He played hockey and ran track during his time at Malden Catholic and held leadership roles in MC’s chapters of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.

Attending the Medeiros Scholarship award ceremony last week with Matt and his family were Director of School and College Counseling Ms. Caitlyn Oates and Acting Headmaster Bro. Thomas J. Puccio, C.F.X., Ed.D. Brother Puccio added his congratulations on behalf of Malden Catholic, saying, “The Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship carries great prestige among Catholic high schools of the Boston Archdiocese, so Malden Catholic is always honored and delighted to have a recipient. Clearly, the value of the award can be a source of great rejoicing for Matthew and his family, too.  I congratulate Matthew on his recognition and thank those teachers and staff who have been formative in his growth through his high school career.”

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