Scholarship Created in Her Honor
Retiring Principal Pam Shay was celebrated by faculty and staff last week at a reception held in her honor in the Center for Environmental Studies.
President Steve Phelps and Chief Financial Officer Chris Garavaglia spoke about the special gifts Shay brought to O’Dowd and the indelible mark she has left on the school, while Office Manager Jeanne Dupont presented Shay with a hand-made scrapbook that included sweet notes from faculty and staff.
Phelps also announced that a special scholarship – The Pam Shay Endowed Scholarship Fund – has been created in Shay’s honor.
“During Pam’s tenure as O’Dowd’s 12th principal, the school has gotten better in every area for nearly every student. Pam’s leadership has resulted not just in operational excellence, but in ever improving teaching and learning and student personal growth. That is the highest compliment I can pay my esteemed colleague,” Phelps said.
Shay was touched by the kind wishes and reminders of the love of a generous community. “Everything from the thoughtful decorations to the delicious food and drink, and from the generous gifts to the individual notes in a beautiful “Jeanne-made” scrapbook was amazing. Steve’s presentation and Chris’ thoughtful words deeply touched my heart. All of these are treasures that will be with me for a long time to come,” she said.
Members of the community interested in making a gift in honor of Shay can donate online. All contributions to The Pam Shay Endowed Scholarship Fund will be matched, doubling the impact of your gift.