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Medfield Library Pages Receive Last Gillis-Lynn Scholarships

This marked the last year for the Gloria Gillis Lynn Memorial Scholarship which was started in 1987 and has awarded $28,000 to 29 library pages over the years.

The Gloria Gillis Lynn Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by her husband, James F. Lynn, and her son, J. Gillis Lynn, in memory of the long-time Medfield resident, former teacher, and great admirer of the Medfield Library. 

This year marks the conclusion of the award that is given to library pages upon graduation from high school in order to lessen the financial burden of furthering their education. 

Jane Archer was director of the Medfield Public Library when the fund was established.  

“I knew Gloria well, as she used the library often. The award is a wonderful way to tie together Gloria’s love of libraries and her respect for education,” Archer said. 

Library representative say they are extremely grateful to the Lynn family for their thoughtfulness in establishing a fund that has awarded over $28,000 to 29 recipients over the last 25 years. 

The final recipients of the Gloria Gillis Lynn Memorial Scholarship Award are:

  • Evan Berry, to attend McGill University in Canada
  • Bree Cusanno, to attend New College in Florida

Evan Berry has worked at the library since 2009 and has continuously volunteered his time to help enrich the library and the people who use it. Among his extensive volunteer work, Evan has offered foreign language classes for children, gave classical music concerts, served as a member of the long range planning committee, and advised for the town-wide Medfield Reads project, Outwitting History.

In 2012, Evan was nominated as Medfield’s Teen Volunteer of the Year by the library staff. He was the commencement speaker at the Medfield High School graduation this year. He will be attending McGill University in Canada where he will be majoring in Linguistics and hopes to teach English as a foreign language abroad. 

Bree Cusanno has worked at the library since 2009. Prior to becoming a page, Bree volunteered in the Children’s Room. She is an avid equestrian and graduated from The Cambridge School of Weston. She will be attending New College in Florida where she will be majoring in Gender Studies and Women’s Studies with a minor in Political Science. 

"Evan and Bree have our best wishes for their continued success in their educational pursuits," said Matt Costanza, the library's Circulation Supervisor. 

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