Moakley Foundation Honors Two Suffolk Trustees


The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation Public Service Award will be awarded to attorneys James F. Linnehan and Jeanne M. Hession at the Foundation’s Seventh Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Suffolk University Law School.
Twenty-eight scholarships will be presented this year to students pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level and for vocational education. More than $110,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

“The Moakley Foundation is proud to honor James Linnehan and Jeanne Hession with the 2008 Moakley Foundation Public Service Award in recognition of their lifelong commitment to public service, especially their commitment to the Foundation’s mission of continuing the public service legacy of their longtime friend, Joe Moakley,” said Frederick Clark, president of the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation and chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Hession and Linnehan were classmates of Moakley’s at Suffolk University Law School, where they all were members of the Class of ’56. Hession and Linnehan are life members of the Suffolk University board of trustees, and Moakley served on the board with them for many years.

Guests at the Foundation’s Scholarship Award Ceremony will include Congressman James McGovern; Clark; and Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. The ceremony will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Suffolk University Law School, which is the home of the John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation awards scholarships on a competitive basis each spring to successful applicants who demonstrate financial need, acceptance to a post-secondary vocational education program or to an institution of higher education for undergraduate or graduate study, and a desire to pursue public or charitable service as a vocation or as an avocation.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation was established to continue the extraordinary public service legacy of Congressman Moakley, whose career as a public servant spanned nearly 50 years and who had long championed improving educational opportunities for all people.  The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation is committed to continuing his work through its scholarship program. To date the Moakley Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships and grants since its creation in 2001.

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