MGHPCC Awards $10K in Scholarships to Local Graduating Seniors


At an award ceremony held at the Mayor’s Office June 4th, two members of the Holyoke Public School’s class of 2018 received Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) scholarships totaling $10K.

Read the award announcement at

The MGHPCC scholarship program, in its fifth year, is open to any Holyoke Public School student enrolling 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?”

This year’s recipients of the $5,000 scholarships were:

• Margaret McAndrew (UMass Amherst).
• James Hobert III (UMass Amherst).

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

“Our member institutions are delighted to fund this scholarship program as part our partnership with Holyoke Public Schools to expand educational and workforce development opportunities for Holyoke students,” said John Goodhue of the MGHPCC.  “We congratulate Margaret and James on a job well-done and we wish them all the best during their career at UMass Amherst.”  The MGHPCC’s member institutions are Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University and UMass.

“I would like to thank the MGHPCC for offering this scholarship opportunity to our students.  We are grateful for the generosity and appreciate the support of these hardworking students as they begin their next journey, pursuing their college degrees” said Dr. Stephen Zrike, superintendent of schools.

Story Image: HPS Superintendent Steve Zrike, Claire Christopherson (MGHPCC), Mayor Alex Morse, Margaret McAndrew, and James Hobert III – image courtesy: C. Christopherson, MGHPCC.


$16,000 in Scholarships Given to 4 Holyoke High School Seniors by Computing Center