Dorchester Illustration no. 2197 Irving Colpack

Dorchester Illustration no. 2197

Irving Colpack

Caption on verso: Dorchester Yout Wins Newsboys Harvard Scholarship.  Irving Colpack a newsboy of the Dorchester District of Boston was the winner of this year’s scholarship to Harvard University.  The scholarship was founded in 1906 by the Boston Newsboys Protective Union and covers the cost of the first year’s tuition.  It is awarded to the boy who passes the Harvard admission examinations with the highest percentage.  Colpack is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.  9/10/25

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Irving Colpack , 1908-1930

Born in 1908, Irving Colpack lived in Dorchester, MA with his two older brothers.  Like his brothers before him, he was a newsboy who delivered 200 newspapers on weekdays and 400 copies of the Sunday edition weekly.  In 1925 he was accepted to Harvard and received the Boston News Protective Union’s Harvard Scholarship for being the newsboy in the Boston area with the highest marks on his Harvard entrance exam.  He graduated from Harvard and went on to pursue his Masters at the University of Chicago.  He passed away one year into his studies in Chicago.


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