matthew houlihan

The Matthew W. Houlihan Foundation was established in May 2001, following the sudden and unexpected death of Matt Houlihan. Matt, or Houli, as he was called, died in his sleep from an arrhythmia just one month shy of his 20th birthday. Matt was an artist and athlete. At the time of his death, Matt was a sophomore at Hamilton College where he was the stroke on the crew team's varsity eight.

The Foundation's mission is to preserve Houli's memory through various charitable endeavors that reflect the vivacious and generous spirit of a young man who viewed the world through loving eyes and a kind soul.

Since it's inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than $300,000.00 in annual scholarships to students at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts and Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. At Tabor, each year, a renewable scholarship is given to a senior who exhibits the same characteristics exhibited by Matt - an unfailingly positive attitude, strong character and unselfish devotion to Tabor.

The foundation has made great strides in the past 14 years having awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, to students who were similar to Matt in their approach to life at Tabor Academy. These need-based scholarships give students the opportunity to pursue an education at the school of their choice. Tabor is where Matt spent some of the best times of his life, discovering his passion for crew and the arts, football, being a dormitory proctor and developing the very best group of friends.

At Hamilton College, another annual scholarship of $2,500, titled the Houlihan Scholar, is awarded to a student entering his senior year who has best exemplified the qualities that Houli exhibited while he was a student there. His caring, citizenship, great sense of humor along with his devotion to his team are all qualities that the recipient is expected to possess.

The foundation has also been active in the area of heart health demonstrated by the donation of portable defibrillators for the Town of Falmouth Beaches.

Matthew's kind and loving spirit is perpetuated by this foundation. The success of this endeavor is made possible by family and friends and the kind generosity of so many.

Because the Houli Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.