Belmont High School graduate Brenna Mulhern was awarded $5,000 by the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund for her excellence both in the classroom and the community.
Each year, the award is given to New England high school students who display academic excellence, strong citizenship, and character. Brenna made the National Honor Society her junior and senior years and has made honor roll every term since entering high school.
Brenna, who will be attending Babson College this fall, earned the AP Scholar with Honor award this past year. According to the College Board website, the award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores a 3 or higher on four or more exams.
“I am extremely proud of Brenna,” said her mother Tina Mulhern. “She is self directed, self motivated, and she really cares about people. She is always improving herself in the world around her.”
Her mother said that in her spare time Brenna has found plenty of opportunities to help the community. She earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award, giving 100 or more hours of service in each of the past six years. Her volunteer service includes working for five years as a Teacher’s Assistant at Evergreen Day School in Cambridge and coaching girls' soccer and basketball.
Throughout high school Brenna has matched her dedication to studies and community on the soccer field. This past fall she acted as co-captain for the Belmont High School Women’s Soccer Team, leading the Marauders to a 20-1-1 record, finishing third in the state and ranked 23rd nationally in NSCAA/adidas rankings. She was given 2nd Team All- Middlesex League Honors.
The purpose of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, according to its website, is to allow students to attend college without a burdensome debt. The fund gives $3 million per year in scholarships. In 2011, 151 new and 345 renewal New England based students received between $3,000- $10,000 in award money.