Chelmsford High School Alumni Association
JOSEPH P. NOLAN
Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to the college bound senior who has demonstrated the values that were taught, coached, and exemplified by Joseph Nolan throughout his life, while at home, in the classroom, and on the athletic field. An essay of not more than 500 words documenting the candidate’s activities indicating that the applicant has met the value requirements listed below must be included as part of the candidate’s application.
Academic Qualification for Higher Education: The candidate meets or exceeds the academic requirements for college entrance. Cooperation and Teamwork: The candidate has demonstrated the ability to work well with others in developing and making teams work in and out of the classroom. Determination and Perseverance: The candidate has demonstrated a "never say die" attitude on completing tasks. Good Citizenship: The candidate has demonstrated good citizenship through his/her participation in activities that go beyond the walls of Chelmsford High School. Good Sportsmanship: The candidate has demonstrated a level of sportsmanship, which is above and beyond the traditional. Inspiration and Encouragement: The candidate has provided inspiration and encouragement to fellow classmates to excel in meeting their goals. Dedication and Personal commitment: The candidate has demonstrated a high level of personal commitment to meeting his/her own goals as well as those of a group or team
This scholarship is presented in the memory of a highly respected member of the Chelmsford High Faculty and Football Coach, Joseph P. Nolan.
Mr. Nolan was a member of the Chelmsford High School Faculty for twenty years (1948 through 1968) teaching social studies, mathematics and physical education as well as coaching football and baseball.
“Coach” Nolan is best remembered for his commitment to his students and players with whom he came in contact during his tenure at CHS. His teams were always respected and competitive. He preached teamwork and dedication to sports and education. It is in this spirit that the Joseph P. Nolan Scholarship is presented annually to a college bound senior who has demonstrated the values that were taught, coached and exemplified by Coach Nolan throughout his life, while at home, in the classroom, and on the athletic field.
Mr. Nolan graduated from Lowell High School in 1916 and received his Bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1925. Mr. Nolan also taught and coached in Buffalo, NY and Lowell prior to coming to Chelmsford. His 1957 football team is remembered as one of the best all-time teams in this area, winning the State Class D Championship as well as the Lowell Suburban Conference Championship.
Coach Nolan was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1969), the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame (1976) and the Chelmsford High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame (1991 - posthumously).