Boston City Singer Wins Med School Scholarship

Dorchester Reporter, December 1, 2016

Dorchester native and Boston City Singers alumna Gillian Chase has been awarded a Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship to further her studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The scholarship is awarded to medical students based on academic achievement, financial need and a demonstrated interest in the arts. Gillian sang with Boston City Singers from age eight through high school, performing with tours that took her to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and across the United States.

A 2012 graduate of Harvard University, where she helped organize student arts events and activities, Gillian credits much of her academic and personal success to her involvement with Boston City Singers.

“My experience with Boston City Singers gave me many of the tools that I needed to succeed, from interviewing to presentation to time management skills that have been crucial to my success,” said Gillian.

A second-year medical student, Gillian says she is interested in pursuing a career in pediatrics, internal medicine or addiction medicine. She recently completed a summer internship in addiction medicine at the Betty Ford Institute. The Joseph Collins Foundation selects one new award recipient annually from each of the 40 medical schools located east of the Mississippi River.

Boston City Singers is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the horizons of children through music education and performance. Based in Dorchester, the organization provides intensive music training to children aged 4 to 18, regardless of financial need, to help foster self-confidence, self-discipline, respect for others and cultural awareness. The organization operates 16 music programs serving over 500 children in the Greater Boston area. For more information, please visit