Sullivan Tire awards college scholarships
Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. is giving back to college-bound high school students on the South Shore of Massachusetts as part of its $25,000 Sullivan Tire Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship fund is set up over a period of five years for the Germantown Neighborhood Center (GNC). Located in the heart of one of Quincy’s largest housing developments, the GNC is operated by the Quincy Housing Authority and managed by the South Shore YMCA.
Vice President of Marketing Paul Sullivan presented $1,000 scholarships to three of the five college-bound recipients from the GNC at an award ceremony; this is the third year of the $5,000 per year scholarship fund.
This year’s recipients and their colleges are Sylvia Sanchez, Boston College; William Young, Dean College; Victoria Samsel, Temple University; Vanessa Anjunthe, UMass Boston; and Patricia Brennan, Quincy College. Young and Samsel were unable to be present at the award ceremony as they have already headed off to begin school.
“We wanted to reward these hard-working college-bound students, who in many cases beat all odds to get here,” says Sullivan. “Their determination to succeed, often in the face of adversity, is an inspiration and we are thrilled to provide some financial assistance to through this scholarship fund.”
Sullivan encourages his employees to get involved in the communities in which they live and work. Mark Gillard, marketing and advertising manager at Sullivan Tire, has volunteered at the Germantown Youth Center for the past five years and has served as chair of the board of directors for the past three years.
“I know firsthand what it is like to be a kid growing up in this community and having no resources for college,” says Gillard. “Education plays a key role in breaking the cycle of poverty, and the scholarships help provide some relief from the burden of paying for higher education. These kids deserve a shot at college and I am proud to work for a company that recognizes that,”he says.
“We appreciate the ongoing support that Paul and Sullivan Tire provide to the neighborhood center,” says Kathy Quigley, executive director of the Germantown Neighborhood Center. “It’s inspiring to watch all of these young men and women achieve a high standard of education and continue on their way to a future with such promise for greatness.”