The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipient of the annual scholarship honoring the memory of longtime employee Donna Rauseo. The 2019 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship was awarded to East Boston resident Julie Tassinari.
“Julie has shown a strong commitment to helping those in the East Boston community and has followed Donna’s example through her service,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “We are excited to award her this scholarship and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
The $5,000 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who resides in East Boston. Rauseo was a graduate of East Boston High School and for more than 20 years was the executive assistant to Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. when he served as Aviation Director of Logan Airport and later as CEO and Executive Director for Massport.
Tassinari graduated from Boston Latin School and will soon attend Harvard College. She volunteers her time at St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Parish teaching religious classes and spends time at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club where she helps with the “Girls Gym” program.
To be considered for the Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay of 1,000 words describing their career interests or how their community service has affected their outlook on life. In her essay, Tassinari wrote, “My volunteer service has instilled a deep pride within me for East Boston, and it has made me feel like an integral, helpful member of our community.”
Applications are judged by a committee made up of Massport employees and a representative of the Rauseo family. Students interested in applying for the 2020 scholarship should visit www.massport.com/scholarships for eligibility requirements.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $18 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For more information please visit massport.com.