The Middlesex Community College Foundation has established a scholarship in memory of state Senator Paul Sheehy, a lifelong advocate for education, who played a critical role in helping to establish MCC’s Bedford and Lowell campuses. The scholarship will support students who demonstrate a commitment to their community and plan to transfer from Middlesex to UMass Lowell.

As a state representative, Sheehy sponsored legislation establishing Middlesex on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. Later, as a member of the State Senate, Sheehy advocated for and successfully obtained the funding necessary to establish a permanent Lowell campus for the college.

“Middlesex Community College would not be in Lowell were it not for the tireless championing Paul Sheehy did on our behalf,” said MCC President Carole Cowan. “Paul knew the value of having an urban campus and he was able to bridge the connections for us to secure state funding to explore the options in Lowell. He was one of our biggest cheerleaders in the 1980s to bring us to Lowell and remained one of our biggest supporters in the decades that followed.”

Donations can be made to the Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship online at or mailed to the MCC Foundation at P.O. Box 716, Bedford, MA O1730. (Please make checks payable to MCC Foundation and reference Paul Sheehy Scholarship on the memo line.)

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities available through the Middlesex Community College Foundation, visit,