By USGBC MA Communications
The SMMA Fund, the firm's philanthropic arm, has awarded its 2017 scholarship to Daniel Morton, a senior from Hudson High School. Daniel was chosen from a field of applicants based on his academic performance, recommendations from his counselors and teachers, and his stated intent to pursue studies in the field of design that contributes to the built environment.
Each year, the SMMA Fund grants scholarships to outstanding students from high schools that the firm has designed. The Fund has provided more than $36 thousand in financial assistance to 34 students from 13 high schools since its inception in 2010.
In his application, Daniel cited a passion for mechanical engineering, which has seen him lead a team of fellow students in the development of a sports-based prosthetic for a young softball player. The experience, and the knowledge gained in his time at technology-rich Hudson High School, which has been selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts School Building Authority's Model School Program, has fostered his desire to continue studying the discipline at the collegiate level.
“The SMMA Fund is a demonstration of our commitment to social responsibility and directly benefits the communities we serve,” said Marie Fitzgerald, SMMA board member and director of the firm's interior design practice. “We are proud to assist Daniel as he takes the next step in his educational journey.”
Presently second in his graduating class of 148, with a grade point average of 4.45, Daniel captains the school's golf and tennis teams, participates in its ski and ultimate Frisbee clubs, and has been a member of the National Honor Society for the entirety of his four-year career. He plans to attend the University of Pennsylania or Northeastern University in the fall of 2017.