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Matthew Harty Scholarship

The Matthew Harty Scholarship

The Matthew Harty Scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the life of Matthew Harty, a North Andover, MA, boy who passed away from mitochondrial disease just days after his 8th birthday. 

The Matthew Harty Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior or currently enrolled college student with a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. The student may apply by completing the attached application and writing a one-page essay. The essay must include how the money will be used to either further their educational studies or how it may be used to lessen the burden on managing their affliction to achieve their educational goals.

Matthew, the son of Sarah and Paul Harty, was an amazing little boy whose legacy will live on through these scholarship recipients.

Click here to meet our 2017 Matthew Harty Scholarship winners!

Click here to meet our 2017 North Andover (MA) High School scholarship recipients!

Qualification Criteria

  • Must be a high school senior or currently enrolled college student.

  • Transcript and enrollment verification required. 

  • Must include a letter of support from a physician or other healthcare provider who can verify the mitochondrial disease diagnosis and address the merit of the applicant. 

  • One-page essay required.
  • Photo required with submission.



  • Download the application here.
  • Email completed application to
  • The application deadline is May 31, 2019.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have shown a history of community service and demonstrated an ability to inspire others by overcoming the obstacles presented by their diagnosis. 
  • Preference will be given to first-time applicants, but we welcome previous recipients to apply.
  • The award recipient will be invited to attend a MitoAction event and may be asked to serve as a mentor to another student. 


Click here to read about our very first Harty Scholarship recipient, Erica Blanchette!