Malden, Mass. (WHDH) — A typical celebration for Malden high schoolers was cut short Wednesday night when the mayor performed the ultimate surprise.
Little did the crowd know that the final bursary of the night would not just go to a specific senior, but to everyone.
“So this $1,000 scholarship goes to every single Malden grad who goes on to college,” said Mayor Gary Christenson.
Christenson said the money — which totals about $450,000 — came from leftover funds awarded under the American Rescue Plan Act.
“It was for everything COVID-related,” Christenson said. “When we knew we had a pool of funds that had yet to be committed, our team felt this made the most sense.”
The money will help a class of students who have lived and learned through the weight of a global pandemic.
“We wanted to say thank you for staying with us,” the mayor said.
For seniors who still feel the shock today, they said the money will go a long way toward writing their next chapter.
“I want to thank the mayor. I don’t really come from a high-income household myself, so paying for college is probably one of the hardest things,” said senior Cyril Jeremie, who will join UMass Lowell. “Any amount of money is helpful.”
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