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Mayor Alex B. Morse will be making an official announcement of the winners of two scholarship awards totaling $10,000 from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) to Holyoke Public School students. The announcement will be made on June 4th at MGHPCC at 1:30 PM.

The MGHPCC scholarship program, in its fifth year, is open to any Holyoke Public School student enrolling at one of the five founding institutions of the MGHPCC: Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, MIT or UMass. It is open to students in any major and not limited to students of computer science or other scientific disciplines. Recipients are chosen based on an 800-word essay answering the question, “What do you see as the three biggest challenges currently facing Holyoke, and what would you do to address them?”

This year’s recipients of the $5,000 scholarships are:

• Margaret McAndrew (UMass Amherst).
• James Hobart III (UMass Amherst).

“I’m proud of our students and grateful to the MGHPCC and its member institutions for their support of the scholarship program,” said Morse.  “The program is just one part of the MGHPCC’s commitment to the city and of our partnership around education and workforce training.”

“Our member institutions are delighted to fund this scholarship program as part our partnership with Holyoke Public Schools to expand educational and workforce development opportunities for Holyoke students,” said John Goodhue, executive director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC).  “We congratulate Margaret and James on a job well-done and we wish them all the best during their career at UMass Amherst.”  The MGHPCC’s member institutions are Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University and UMass.

“I would like to thank the MGHPCC for offering this scholarship opportunity to our students.  We are grateful for the generosity and appreciate the support of these hardworking students as they begin their next journey, pursuing their college degrees” said Dr. Stephen Zrike, superintendent of schools.

About the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a ground-breaking collaboration of five of the state’s most research-intensive universities, state government and private industry — the most significant collaboration among government, industry and public and private universities in the history of the Commonwealth, and the first facility in the nation of its kind. The 90,000-square-foot computing facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts, opened in November 2012. Funding was provided by the five member universities — Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts — the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco, EMC, and the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program. The member universities will fund the ongoing operation of the MGHPCC.

For more information on the Massachusetts High Performance Computing Center, visit

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