Nick Neville was at his sister Tracy’s softball game when he received a message that would change his future.
Neville opened a text message from his friend and fellow Archbishop Williams classmate Rich McAllister telling him to check his email. McAllister had just received an email from Boston University informing him that he had been awarded the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship. Neville, who also applied for the prestigious award, immediately refreshed his email on his iPhone after receiving the message from McAllister and could not believe what he saw.
“The subject line said Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship and as soon as I read it I knew,” said Neville. “I didn’t even read the entire email. I saw it said congratulations and started jumping up and down.”
McAllister said he had a feeling that if he had received the award, that Neville would as well. He was right.
The prestigious Medeiros Scholarship is a four-year full-tuition award given to graduating seniors from parochial high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston that have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability and dedication to community service.
“I could not be more proud of or happy for Nick and Rich,” said Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq., Archbishop Williams president. “It’s hard to imagine a higher, more prestigious honor for a Boston-area Catholic high school graduate. Nick and Richard, individually and collectively are exemplary in each qualifying category.”
AWHS Director of Guidance Perry Larkin and Guidance Counselor Cathy Savery nominated the pair to receive the award.
"Rich is a terrific young man and outstanding student who has given so much to the AWHS community, both in and out of the classroom,” said Savery of McAllister. "We are excited that he and Nick will be sharing their many talents with BU.”
As part of the selection process, Neville and McAllister were invited to BU for an interview. In order to prepare them, President Duggan held mock interviews in his office. Both Neville and McAllister attributed their success because of Duggan’s help.
“After I met with President Duggan I felt like I was ready to tackle the interview,” said Neville. “He gave me a ton of great advice and talked about the history of the scholarship. He was informative about the process and made me feel comfortable and prepared.”
McAllister added, “A lot of people took their time to give me their advice, especially the guidance counselors and President Duggan. Over my four years at AWHS, I’ve noticed how passionate the faculty and staff are. Everyone goes above and beyond to prepare the students.”
Neville, a Braintree resident who was class salutatorian, was a member of the National Honor Society and student council. An active member of the AWHS Theatre Ensemble, Neville participated in eight productions while in school. He pursued interests in writing by serving as a contributing writer to the Bottom Line Literary Magazine and the Mitre Newspaper. He will continue his passion for writing at BU, where he will study communications.
Also a member of the National Honor Society, McAllister ran cross-country and track for the Bishops. A Scituate resident, McAllister will enter BU’s School of Engineering, pursuing his dream of becoming an engineer.
“It is hard to see Nick and Rich leave Williams but we are all excited about the great things in store for them at Boston University and the great things they will accomplish in life,” said Duggan. “We are also humbled but excited about what having two such outstanding students chosen says about how well we are succeeding in our mission to our educate young men and women spiritually, academically, morally and physically.”