Joshua O’Brien

A 2022-2023 Phillips Alumni Scholar

Joshua O’Brienthe Class of 2022’s valedictorian at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, is now pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Operations and Information Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During high school he was the president of his class, captain of the track and cross-country teams, a member of the Key Club and the National Honor Society, and worker at the local market. Joshua’s high school counselor described his valued presence at school as “a lunch buddy to new students and… a successful math tutor to several of his peers… not just a fantastic student and leader but a wonderful person.” In Joshua’s own words, “it is an incredible feeling being able to participate in something larger than yourself,” and he looks forward to being involved in community organizations at college. 


The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.