Matthew "Swirls" Cirelli 
"For many I might be an inspiration, but for myself, I'm simply just Swirls"
- Matthew Cirelli 

Congratulations to the 2018 recipient of the
Matthew "Swirls " Cirelli Memorial Scholarship: 

Francesca Viggiani! 

We are so proud of you Francesca! ​​
Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.
Francesca will be attending Tufts University this Fall! 

Special thank you
Mrs. Andre Pierre-Paul, the guidance department, and Medford High School for offering the Swirls Scholarship again this year! It is a true honor and a ceremony that we look forward to every year!
Congratulations to the first recipients of the Matthew "Swirls" Cirelli Memorial Scholarship; ​​​ Kiley Mahoney and Shannon Smith,
Medford High Class of 2017! We are so proud and honored! 

Matt Cirelli was a 2014 graduate of Medford High School. He passed away from cancer at the age of 19. Matt was a member of the high school cross country team and was proud to serve as captain under Coach Lou. Cross country was a special part of Matt's life, and admired his coach and teammates. For this reason, we are happy to present this scholarship to two members of the cross country team. From their essays, we learned that both recipients represent so many qualities that defined who Matt was; a good friend, teammate, and caring person who had the ability to appreciate the simple thngs, and always remmebered to pay it forward. Congratulations Kiley and Shannon! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and remember that Swirls is always with you! 

With love, 
The Swirls Family 

The Matthew "Swirls" Cirelli Memorial Scholarship 
          ​​Matthew was a 2012 graduate of Medford High School.  He valued friendship and enjoyed spending time with his friends. Matt was a member of the cross country team for three years and was honored with the Unsung Hero Award in his senior year.  He had a kind heart and gentle spirit and was a friend who you could trust and was always there when you needed him.  He was a friend to all. Community service and giving back to others was an important part of Matt’s life.  He especially valued his work with the Best Buddies Organization and Special Olympics. Outside of school, Matt valued time spent with his family and was a leader at starting family traditions.

       When Matt was 17-years-old he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer.  He fought a courageous battle for two years with strength and dignity, never losing his zest for life.  Matt passed away on December 8, 2013, but his memory lives on. 
This scholarship was established to honor and celebrate the life of Matthew Swirls Cirelli and to continue his legacy.  The goal of the scholarship is to lend a helping hand to a student who shares the same qualities that Matt exemplified throughout his life; friendship, a humble team player always thinking of others and a commitment to community service.