Lions Club announces scholarship winners

May 12, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Lions Club has announced the 2021 Peter Hodges Memorial Scholarship awardees. The two $2,500 scholarships are sponsored by the Lions Club.

This year’s recipients are Colin Mackin of Rochester, a senior at Old Rochester Regional High School, and Bridget Farias also of Rochester, a senior at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Mackin will be attending UMass Amherst, where his education will focus on Environmental Studies. Working within COVID restrictions, Mackin is recognized for community work with the Rochester Council on Aging for delivering Meals on Wheels, spearheading a drive for sanitary supplies, volunteering at Damien’s Pantry and delivering books for the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library. Mackin’s Eagle Scout project culminated from many hours of work designing and building the Little Hundred Acre Woods, a reading garden in the wooded area on the library grounds in Rochester.

Farias will be attending the UMass Dartmouth, focusing her studies on Graphic Art and Design. Farias is being recognized for her out-of-the-box thinking during COVID restrictions by utilizing her graphic design skills for non-profits such as the Rochester Women’s Club, Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library and the Rochester Lions Club. She is also being recognized for creating “Kindness Kits” and designing holiday cards for seniors and others in need of outreach.

Both students are being honored for service in their local community, as well as school community involvement and academic achievements.

In the past 11 years, the Mattapoisett Lions Club has awarded $55,000 in scholarships to nineteen recipients. Funds for these awards are raised through the efforts of the Mattapoisett Lions Club at our annual Harbor Days Arts & Crafts Festival, as well as other events throughout the year.