Family announces scholarship in memory of Donald Rappaport

Donald Rappaport

The family of the late Donald Rappaport will gather at Sail Martha’s Vineyard headquarters in Vineyard Haven Sunday, August 12, to announce a new scholarship in his name.

The scholarship will be known as the Donald Rappaport Legacy Scholarship. It will go to a graduating Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student who intends to pursue higher education in the maritime field.

Mr. Rappaport’s family provided initial funding for the annual scholarship. They will host a reception on Sunday at 6 pm to formally announce the program, and outline the requirements.

Mr. Rappaport was a former chief financial officer and chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Education, for three years under President Bill Clinton. He was a partner at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co.

He sailed the Cape and Islands waters for nearly 20 years on his J-35C cruising boat, Jullani. He competed in many Holmes Hole races, participated every year in the Moffett Race, and frequently in the Vineyard Cup. In 2008, he and his crew won the Vineyard Cup in their class. He was also a member of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.