The Thomas H. Convery '78 Scholarship for Community Service
With his love for the underdog and his belief that it is better to give than to receive, Thomas Convery has started the Thomas H Convery Scholarship for Community Service. Tom, a 1978 graduate of Westfield State with a degree in History and Education fondly remembers his time as a student at Westfield State. While Tom was at WSU, he played Varsity Soccer and took part in all intramural sports. Upon graduation, he helped start the Women’s Soccer program in 1978.
Volunteering plays a significant role in Tom’s life. He has been a Make-A-Wish volunteer since 1994 and has worked on over 40 children’s wishes. As a Make-A-Wish volunteer, he has had a key role in many fundraisers, which have helped to raise over $100,000 for the foundation. Tom has donated blood or platelets 315 times and he has received the Massachusetts Red Cross 2010 Apheresis Donor of the Year Award.
Other agencies Tom has volunteered with include: Children’s Hospital, Yawkey Family Inn, the Jimmy Fund, Local Heroes, Wilmington Family Counseling, and a Bone Marrow Drive.
Tom served our country as a Security Policeman while a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971-1975.
Tom’s long-time career dream was to return to Westfield State. This dream was realized when he came to work for WSU in the Alumni Office, in May 2015. As part of his job, he is the Lifetime Owls Coordinator and Alumni Liaison to Athletics.
Tom was driven to create this scholarship out of a desire to help those who share his passion for helping others. The Thomas H Convery Scholarship for Community Service is fully endowed. Financial support for this scholarship will be provided by Tom through payroll deduction and through gifts to the Westfield State Foundation.