The Dr. Loretta McHugh Scholarship

The Dr. Loretta McHugh Scholarship

Few instructors at Westfield State University could match what Dr. Loretta McHugh brought to her graduate level classes: a lifelong passion for learning and teaching; a devout belief in the value of public education; an intellect honed by years of academic inquiry; and two pet poodles, ensconced in a wicker basket with hair dyed a delicate shade of apricot to match their owner’s.

Dr. McHugh died in 1994, but the vibrant woman whose life was marked by a generous and idealistic spirit is remembered still by her students and family.

Giving defined and enriched Dr. McHugh’s life. A graduate from Bridgewater State College, Class of 1934, Loretta went on to receive her master’s degree from Harvard University and completed her studies in the doctoral program at BU’s School of Education. She served as Westfield State’s Director of Teacher Education. Her scholarship embodies what Dr. McHugh stood for, supporting public education to students entering the field of educating our youth.


“I appreciate the honor of receiving the Dr. Loretta McHugh Scholarship and hope that it will greatly help me in my future endeavors. I have wanted to be an educator since I was in the second grade.”
-Tricia Warren ’18, Special Education