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The Chris Wells Memorial Scholarship Turns 35

Chris Wells - AHS Class of 1975

Chris Wells - AHS Class of 1975

Morgan MacNeil-Berry, Copy Editor

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Lifelong Abington resident and Class of 1975 graduate Christopher Wells died tragically in a motorcycle accident in May of 1982. Wells was an outstanding student, serving on the National Honor Society and graduating fourth in his class. He was also an outstanding athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and tennis during his four year career. In 2015, he was inducted into the Abington High School Athletic Hall of Fame when he was described by the induction committee as “one of the most dominant athletes in Abington High School history.”

Soon after Wells’ death, his friends and loved ones began raising funds for a scholarship in his name. The first one was a $500 scholarship, but over the last few decades, the foundation has grown rapidly. This year’s scholarship was for $6,000. Since 1992, an annual golf tournament for people of all ages has been the main fundraiser. This year’s event takes place on June 15 and includes a comedy show after the golf tournament.

Since it began, the scholarship foundation has grown. Lifelong friends and classmates have raised over $400,000 for the benefit of Abington High School scholarships.   Over $130,000 in scholarships have been awarded and another $300,000 is held in custody in a Fidelity Investment account, professionally managed by American Wealth Advisors, a wealth advisory services provider owned and operated by one of Wells’ childhood friends.

According to Jeff Stone, Well’s classmate and president of the fund, “what started out as a desire to create a legacy scholarship for the love of a friend has turned into a passion to provide the kids of Abington a legacy scholarship endowment of at least $500,000, which will provide scholarships in perpetuity!” Past winners have included some of Abington High’s most accomplished students including this year’s recipient Kaitlyn Rust, and recent recipients Michael Nickley, Troy Panico, Brian Nickley, Jamie Dunn, Matt Crawford and Jessica Golden, and in the not so distant past, Ed Reilly, Nicole Parent, Melissa Cronin, Rachel Cronin, Kimberly Mace and Kerri Murphy.


The annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday June 15 at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA. The tournament is sold out, but you can attend the comedy event at the same location. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.. The show features Boston comedy legend Steve Sweeney along with local favorites Christine Hurley and Harrison Stebbins. Tickets are $65 or $650 for a table of 10. The event includes food stations and a cash bar. Visit the event webpage There is a link that allows you to buy tickets to the comedy show or make a donation to the scholarship.

Past Award Winners

Matt Burke

Mary Kate Lane

Maura Reilly

Richard Drea

Elizabeth Burke

Jonathan Barry

James Clarkson

Nicole Parent

Ed Reilly

Kerri Murphy

Meghan Medaio

Renee LaPointe

Andrew Tuttle

Kathleen McLaughlin

Renee Gambel

Kevin Norcott

Kimberly Mace

Andrea Russo

Brian Minnehan

Shawna LaPointe

Melissa Cronin

Erin Smyth

Rachel Cronin

Alexandra Hitchcock

Lynn Mione

Kanku Kabongo

John Bacon

Jillian Smith

Emily Welch

Jessica Golden

Matthew Crawford

Jami Dunn

Brian Nickley

Troy Panico

Michael Nickley

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3 Responses to “Remembering a Friend and Supporting a Community”

  1. Leo Barrows on June 9th, 2017 7:18 PM

    I miss my classmate Chris. Never would I have thought I would never speak to him again after graduating with him – such a loss too soon!


  2. Michelle Gilmartin Hardiman on June 10th, 2017 7:24 AM

    I was a friend of both Chris and Frank and am on the Scholarship Committee. If you know any of the past recipients of the scholarship please reach out to them and ask them to visit the web site and purchase a ticket to the event or donate. Giving back will help another worthy student achieve their dreams.


  3. Bill Carey on June 11th, 2017 10:13 PM

    I graduated with Chris and I had a great fun playing sports with him and trying fruitlessly to keep up. If I could play my memories of him on a big screen you would all enjoy it immensely and Chris would leave a powerful positive impression on you as he did on us.
    This early evening event is open to all residents of the town of Abington and beyond. It is a multi-decade reunion if you will and if you are reading this, you are invited. Come and share stories of your Glory Days even if you are still living them!


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