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Chelmsford High School Alumni Association



Established 1993

Awarding Criteria:  Will be awarded to the highest academically ranked senior who plans to major in science or engineering

This scholarship is presented in the memory of a life long member of the Chelmsford community, George A. Parkhurst.

Mr. Parkhurst was a member of the Chelmsford High School Class of 1932. While at CHS, he was very active in the drama club and the school newspaper. He graduated third in his class and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1936.

In honor of Mr. Parkhurst’s professional background, this award is presented annually to the highest ranking member of the senior class who is planning to continue his/her education in the field of science or engineering.

Mr. Parkhurst was also a respected author of local historical documents, including regular articles and columns in several local newspapers from 1936 to 1998. He also wrote many books including, “Chelmsford - The Town and Its People” (an illustrated history of the town), “Small Town Kid” (an autobiographical work describing what it was like to grow up in Chelmsford from 1918 through 1941) and “Nights At The Round Table” (a book which relates the biographical sketches of 20 extraordinary people of Chelmsford).

In addition to Mr. Parkhurst’s interest in local history, he was very committed to the concept of community service. He fervently believed in “giving back” to the community that he called home for 84 years. He was a volunteer fireman for 26 years and the founding member of the Chelmsford Players and the Little Theatre League, as well as member of many civic organizations. Mr. Parkhurst was recognized for his many years of service by being named as the honorary Marshal of the 1973 Fourth of July Parade.

He was a Charter member of the Chelmsford High School Alumni Association and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1992.