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President Meehan Donates $1 Million for Student Scholarships

Former Congressman Transfers Campaign Funds to Educational Foundation

UMass President Marty Meehan speaks with students.

By Beth Brosnan

Marty Meehan ’78, president of the University of Massachusetts, has donated $1 million for student scholarships at UMass Lowell, where he served as chancellor from 2007 to 2015.

“This is an expression of gratitude as well as a statement of commitment,” President Meehan says. “But the real significance of the gift will be seen in the opportunities it provides for students and in the impact they will have on the Commonwealth and the world.”

Meehan, a member of Congress from 1993 to 2007, announced the gift earlier this summer, when he closed his campaign committee and transferred more than $4 million in campaign funds to an educational foundation. Named for his parents, Martin and Alice Meehan, the foundation will benefit educational programs that provide high-quality, transformative opportunities.

“This gift moves me enormously, but it doesn’t surprise me,” says Chancellor Jacquie Moloney ’78, ’92. “Marty is determined to make a lasting difference and he knows that investing in a UMass Lowell education is the best way to do so.” 

Meehan’s gift comes the same year that UMass Lowell launched a four-year, $125 million comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign. Our Legacy, Our Place has already raised more than $84.5 million for student scholarships and support for faculty research, campus improvements and the university’s Division I athletics program. 

“My priorities and passions are here at the University of Massachusetts,” President Meehan said of his $1 million scholarship donation.