The Andrew “Dewey” McCarthy ’81 Story
Andrew “Dewey” McCarthy, a Boston native, former Blue Streak soccer player and beloved 1981 graduate of John Carroll University passed away on October 18, 1983 following an automobile accident while on a work trip in Detroit. Dewey founded the John Carroll Alumni Soccer Game in 1982 and following his death, the game was named in his honor.
With the goal of turning a tragedy into a positive legacy, the Andrew McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dewey’s family, friends, teammates, classmates and co-workers. Since 1983, money has been raised in support of the scholarship and today, the fund is fully endowed. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1988 with members of the McCarthy family in attendance at each alumni game to meet the current recipient since the scholarship’s inception. Highlights of the event include mass celebrated by Fr. William Bichl S.J., a lunch buffet, scholarship presentation and the annual alumni soccer game.
The 2012 McCarthy Alumni Soccer game marked the 30th anniversary of the event and in addition to Dewey’s sister (Theresa) and brother (Patrick), Dewey’s two nieces made the trip to Cleveland for the first time. A two-day celebration prompted the following letter from Julia (age 16) to the uncle she never knew. Read Julia’s Letter
Past Winners of the Andrew McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
Matthew J. Pelino Moria M. Torrington Molly Burns
David L. Rishel Alexander J. Bernot
Erik C. Chiprich Owen D. Harnew
Adrian R. Del Busso Thomas J. Berninger
James D. Aschenbrener Sarah T. Castellano
David Bartulovic Kenneth T. Dugan
Megan T. Briggs Erin M. McKenna
Christine A. Krauss Daniel C. Osborne
Michael Schenker Michael R. Zemaitis
Thomas Schoen Megan E. Stonestreet
Lucas C. Reineke Ashley A. Friess
Chad D. Vanags Rebecca Roskos
The 2014 McCarthy Alumni Soccer Game and Social will be held on Homecoming Weekend, September 26-27. Register Today!