Scholarship America Mourns Former President Joseph Phelan

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20 May 2011
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Scholarship America’s first president, Joseph Phelan, passed away Tuesday, May 17, at age 71 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Phelan became the organization’s first president in 1980. He started with Scholarship America in 1967 as a volunteer, and later served as regional director and national executive director. He was instrumental in developing the organization’s Scholarship Management Services division, and in moving the national headquarters from Manchester, N.H. to Saint Peter, Minn. Phelan wrote The Half-Mile Bridge: Lessons of Truth on America’s Nonprofit Landscape in 1997 based on his experiences leading Scholarship America.

Memorial contributions can be made to the UNH Foundation, attn: Phelan Family Fund, 9 Edgewood Road, University of New Hampshire, Durham 03824, or to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack 03054.

Those interested in sharing a special memory of Joe may send it to the attention of Janine Fugate at Scholarship America, or via postal mail at 1550 American Blvd. E, Suite 155, Minneapolis, MN 55425. Remembrances will be gathered and shared at Scholarship America’s annual meeting and 50th anniversary celebration in Minneapolis in October, 2011.

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