O’Neill Scholarships Support Future Elder Service Leaders

John O’Neill was Executive Director of Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) for 38 years, before retiring in October of 2017.

“If you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your way.”  —-Nichiren Daishonin

Specific Aim

The (SCES) Board of Directors established the John O’Neill Scholarship Fund in 2017 to honor our retiring executive director for his life-long work to ensure older people stay healthy and remain in their homes. The Fund will help meet the urgent need for a well-trained network of motivated and committed advocates and leaders in the fields SCES serves.

Beginning in 2018, two John O’Neill Scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to graduating seniors, one from Cambridge Rindge and Latin and one from Somerville High School.  O’Neill Scholars will be selected based on strong promise as critical thinkers, thoughtful citizens, potential leaders, and commitment to helping older people live healthy independent lives.

Preference will be given to those with career goals in health care, social work, political science and allied areas. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the activities and community programs offered by Somerville Cambridge Elder Services.

Interested seniors from Somerville High and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School needing financial aid should contact their school counseling office for information on how to apply.

Click here for further information, or contact the SCES Development staff at 617 628-2601 or email development@eldercare.org.

Online donations to support John O’Neill Fund (JOSF) can be made here (be sure to click the O’Neill Scholarship as the program you want to support on the second page of the donation form).  To support the JOSF via mail, please send checks payable to SCES to: SCES, 61 Medford St., Somerville, MA 02143-3429. Please designate to the JOSF.

The John O’Neill Fund supports and embraces the unifying forces of respect, caring, excellence and diversity of race, religion, gender, and political orientation, among the core values for recipients/students.