Faiella Wins Donna Rauseo Scholarship; Catano Awarded the Davis Memorial Internship

Donna Rauseo Scholarship 

Massport announced the recipient of the annual scholarship honoring the memory of Donna Rauseo, a lifelong resident of East Boston and long-time employee of the Port Authority.

Eastie’s resident Stephanie Faiella was awarded the $5,000 scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who resides in Eastie.

To be considered for the Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship, female 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.

“Stephanie has been deeply committed 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.”

Faiella graduated from East Boston High School and is attending Plymouth State University. She has volunteered her time at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and the Red Cross. Faiella is also a member of the National Honor Society. 

In her essay, Faiella wrote, “Community service, to me, means assisting others and doing good deeds without expecting anything in return.”

Applications are judged by a committee made up of Massport employees and a representative of the Rauseo family. Students interested in applying for the 2021 scholarship should visit www.massport.com/scholarships for eligibility requirements.

Donna Rauseo, a longtime East Boston resident known for her personality and sparkling sense of humor, died in 2009.

Born Donna Morash, Rauseo was part of an Eastie family known for their political, social and environmental activism. At a very young age Rauseo’s social conscience was fully formed by her family, most especially by her mother, longtime community activist Evelyn Morash.

Rauseo was a graduate of East Boston High School and began her working career helping the neighborhood’s poorer residents through the East Boston APAC social service programs.

After working at APAC for over two decades, Rauseo went on to work for Massport as Tom Kinton’s executive assistant,  when Kinton served as Aviation Director at Logan Airport and later CEO and Executive Director for Massport.

Annual Davis Memorial Internship 

Massport also announced the recipient of this year’s Annual David W. Davis Memorial Internship is Eastie’s Mateo Catano. 

The internship honors the memory of Dave Davis, the longest-serving Executive Director in the history of the Massachusetts Port Authority, leading Massport from 1975 until 1990.  

The David W. Davis Memorial Internship is awarded annually to an exceptional junior or senior in college. The David W. Davis Memorial Internship allows students to develop a professional network that will aid them in their pursuit of a career in government and/or the public sector.

To be considered for the David W. Davis Memorial Internship, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay of 1,000 words describing why they believe a career in public service is essential to their career interests

“We are very pleased to award Mateo with the Annual David W. Davis Memorial Internship,” said Wieland. “He has a strong interest in the aviation field and has made community service a priority throughout his academic career. We hope this internship will be an important stepping stone and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Catano is enrolled at Saint Louis University where he studies aviation management and is double minoring in air traffic control and international business.

In his essay, Catano wrote “The reason I chose Saint Louis University was because our university gets us ready to serve our community by transforming us into effective leaders and advocates of social justice.”

During his tenure, Davis demonstrated a commitment to Massport’s neighbors as well as to its customers and developed one of the very first residential soundproofing programs in the country. “Kidport” was another airport industry first that Davis unveiled at Boston Logan International Airport in 1987 as the nation’s first airport-based children’s play area. Under his leadership, Massport established its own employee retirement system, which Davis later joined when Massport’s employees elected him to be their representative on the retirement board in 1996.

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