The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation Public Service Award will be awarded to Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, at the Foundation’s ninth Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Suffolk University Law School.

Twenty-nine scholarships will be presented to students pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level and vocational students. More than $115,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Haynes, who rose through the ranks of Ironworkers Local 7, has served as president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO since 1998. His public service endeavors range from helping the homeless, supporting cancer research and assisting the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Massachusetts.

Haynes and Moakley worked together on labor issues and vocational training. The Moakley Foundation worked closely with Haynes to establish Moakley Apprenticeship Training scholarships as well as other vocational oriented scholarships. “The Moakley Foundation is proud to honor Robert J. Haynes with the 2010 Moakley Foundation Public Service Award in recognition of his tireless efforts over the span of his 40-year labor career to improve the lives of working families in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Frederick Clark, president of the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation and Executive Officer of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State Colleges. “Given that education and vocational training have long been his focus, it is fitting that we will honor Robert Haynes as we award these scholarships to deserving students,” said Clark.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 20th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, which is the home of the John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation awards scholarships on a competitive basis each spring to successful applicants who demonstrate financial need, acceptance to a post-secondary vocational education program or to an institution of higher education for undergraduate or graduate study, and a desire to pursue public or charitable service as a vocation or as an avocation.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation was established to continue the extraordinary public service legacy of Congressman Moakley, whose career as a public servant spanned nearly 50 years and who had long championed improving educational opportunities for all people. The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation is committed to continuing his work through its scholarship program. To date the Moakley Foundation has awarded more than $1.41 million in scholarships and grants since its creation in 2001.