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John Boyle O'Reilly Club holds annual scholarship brunch

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The John Boyle O'Reilly Club awarded seven lucky students with a scholarship on Sunday morning.

The club's scholarship fund began in 1972 with a $200 scholarship being awarded.

This year, seven high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall received scholarships of $1,000 each.

Part of the application process for the students included writing an essay about John F. Kennedy's Irish legacy.

"A lot of his Irish legacy was a while before him. It had to do with his family coming from Ireland over to Boston and all the hard work they did to make sure that their family and JFK had a better life," said Jameson Kapinos, one of the award winners.

"It's interesting to read their essays, see their answers and how that, you know most of them obviously were not alive during that time, how that has impacted their lives," said Mollie Sullivan, co-chair of the scholarship committee.

The club has awarded more than $150,000 over the past 41 years to deserving Irish-American students to further their education.

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