Over 140 students from the B.M.C. Durfee High School Senior Class were honored and awarded with the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships last week.
The award will cover the cost of tuition at any Massachusetts State College or University for the 142 members of the 2020 graduating class.
"I'm proud of you guys,” Superintendent Dr. Matthew Malone said to those gathered. “You worked hard and did a hell of a job. 142 of our students won the John and Abagail dams Scholarship.”
Malone called the group role models to the younger generation.
“The Commonwealth has said you deserve a reward for your effort and your excellence,” he said. “You're the role models of all the other kids we have lined up in the school system behind you."
The Superintendent of Fall River PublicSchools said college can open up roads to opportunities of all sorts of things.
"You have trajectory that these kids now can see that there’s a path forward to success,” Malone said. “But it’s not just success its happiness. College opens doors to a good life.”
Malone did make sure to add that college is not the only option to build a better life.
“Now, college is not for anyone,” he said. “I don't want everyone to think college is for all. We have many other opportunities.”
He told the crowd some graduating seniors will get to work on the new school building instead of heading to college when they graduate.
“I'm putting kids from Durfee right into the Laborer's Union so when they graduate they can come work on the new Durfee building,” Malone said. “Those are the other kinds of pathways."