Developer Norman B. Leventhal will be honored with the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation Public Service Award at the foundation’s Sixth Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 7, 2007.

This year 27 scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be presented to students pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level and for vocational education. More than $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Creator of hospitable public spaces
Norman Leventhal co-founded The Beacon Companies with his brother, Robert, in 1946. The firm's conversion of Post Office Square in 1992 from an aboveground parking garage to a lush park over underground parking is considered emblematic of Leventhal's vision, and the site was dedicated in his name the year of its completion. Leventhal also served as chair of the Trust for City Hall Plaza.

“The Moakley Foundation is proud to honor Norman B. Leventhal with the 2007 Moakley Foundation Public Service Award in recognition of his vision and dedication to enliven and make hospitable Boston's public spaces,” said Frederick Clark, president of the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation. “Through his work as a business leader and as a philanthropist, Mr. Leventhal has worked hard to make the cultural and open space riches of Boston more available to all citizens.”

Guests will include U.S. Congressman James McGovern; Frederick W. Clark, Jr., president of the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation; and Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. The ceremony will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. June 7 at Suffolk University Law School, which is the home of the John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute.

Scholarships promote service
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.

In selecting scholarship recipients, the Foundation also considers the academic achievement of applicants. However, this factor is not singularly determinative and should not dissuade applicants of average academic standing from seeking a John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

Furthermore, the Foundation considers Massachusetts residency, with special consideration given to residents of the Ninth Congressional District.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation was established to continue the extraordinary public service legacy of Congressman Joe Moakley, whose career as a public servant spanned nearly 50 years, had long championed improving educational opportunities for all people. The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation is committed to continuing his work through its scholarship. To date the Moakley Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships and grants since its creation in 2001.