Paul M. Gervais Memorial Scholarship

Liam Keaney – 2018 Recipient of the Paul M. Gervais Memorial Scholarship

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Paul M. Gervais Memorial Scholarship, is Liam T. Keaney, a Senior at Burncoat High School (BHS). The son of Mr.  Brian Keaney and Mrs. Elizabeth True, Liam is an accomplished student, athlete, and talented musician.

Liam is a member of Burncoat High School’s National Honor Society; Baseball, Robotics, and Tennis Teams; Ski Club; Burncoat Unites after-school Music Program; Jazz Band; Orchestra; String Ensemble; the Joy of Music’s Jazz Ensembles and Worcester Youth Big Band. Liam has also served as a volunteer Camp Counselor at the YMCA’s Greendale branch.

The fifth recipient of this scholarship, Liam will be continuing his studies in Mathematics and Jazz Bass. Accepted to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State University, and the University of Hartford’s Heart School of Music, we are confident that Liam will achieve great success at the institution he chooses to attend and congratulate him for receiving this prestigious award.


The Paul M. Gervais Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Gervais family in concert with the Worcester Education Development Foundation in memory of their beloved family member who passed away in May of 2013. 

Paul, a well respected local businessman and owner of Kurlan Music, provided musical equipment and lessons to people throughout our area. A graduate of Doherty Memorial High School class of 1973, Paul’s goal was to serve the community, fostering a love of music and aptitude for so many. 

Paul’s family, friends, and colleagues in the music community have established this annual $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors to ensure that his legacy of support for the arts and outreach to talented students continues. 

Paul truly believed that talent of this nature was a gift that needs nurturing and guidance to evolve.