Scott London and Chris Riley were two enthusiastic young students with an appetite for learning. The second graders displayed a wonderful zest for learning and enthusiasm for interacting with their classmates and teachers, not to mention a boyish curiosity that never left them even during their treatments.
Following their deaths from cancer their families created The Scott London/Christopher Riley Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the boy’s love of schooling. Under the Scholarship Fund guidelines, Cancer survivors and members of their immediate family are eligible for aid.
In 1989 Mary Riley and Joyce London granted one $500 award. Due to the extensive fundraising efforts, they are now able to award numerous $4,000 scholarships annually. Every penny donated is used for the fund. In total, the fund has given out over $325,000 in scholarship monies.
Paul, one of our scholars, battled bone cancer as a child. He graduated from Harvard School of Medicine in 2005. He just completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is in a Fellowship at Beth Israel. He is now a practicing gastroenterologist in Dartmouth Massachusetts. Another scholar, Eric used his love of music to help him through the ardor of Chemotherapy and many spinal taps and other grueling procedures. He graduated from the prestigious Berkeley School of Music in Boston. Another scholarship recipient had cancer and she went back to school to become a Nurse and is now working at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. These scholars know about giving back.
The Robert "Ace" Byron Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 to honor his memory and his devotion to the fund after his sudden passing. Each year Ace's wife and children review all of the applicants' essays and choose a recipient for this scholarship.