Robert Marr, center, is pictured with this year's recipients of the Daniel Marr, Jr. Scholarship Program. Pilot photo/courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
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DORCHESTER -- Twenty years ago, a gift from the Marr family spurred the creation of a program that today grows and continues to expand opportunities in Catholic education for children at a youth center in Dorchester.
After Daniel Marr, Jr. left $575,000 to the archdiocese through a life insurance policy in 1992, the Boys and Girls Club and the Archdiocese of Boston partnered to provide scholarships to Boston Catholic schools for young members of Dorchester's Colonel Daniel Marr Youth Center through the Daniel Marr, Jr. Scholarship Program.
In an interview with The Pilot Nov. 16, Robert L. Marr, 76, brother of Daniel Marr, said the archdiocese invested the money and used the profits to sustain the scholarship fund going forward to benefit children at the center.
Marr said the investment by the archdiocese grew the original sum to over $860,000, which allowed the continued growth and distribution of scholarships over the years.
"It made perfect sense. The archdiocese would still have the benefit of the money, but the kids in the neighborhood would benefit annually," Marr said.
The program has awarded 1,200 scholarships that totaled over $760,000 since 1992.
The brothers built and opened the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester. Named for their father Colonel Daniel Marr who died in 1969, the center opened in 1974.