Tighe & Bond honors past presidents through scholarships

Tighe & Bond President/CEO Dave Pinsky

Every year for the past 20 years, Tighe & Bond has supported local students through scholarships.

Tighe & Bond offers three scholarships through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts: the Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship for Holyoke residents who are graduating seniors from Holyoke high schools studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college; the George H. McDonnell Scholarship for South Hadley residents who are graduating high school seniors from South Hadley High School studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college; and the Philip W. Sheridan-Tighe and Bond Scholarship for graduating high school seniors from Hampden or Hampshire counties who will be studying civil engineering or a related field at a four-year college.

Tighe & Bond President and CEO Dave Pinsky said the engineering company established the memorial scholarship funds to honor the three men, who were all past presidents. The McDonnell Scholarship was established in 1996, The Bayon Scholarship in 1999, and the Sheridan Scholarship in 2006.

“These three past presidents served as the second generation of the firm’s ownership and leadership, and led the firm for nearly 40 years,” said Pinsky. “They all were extremely instrumental in shaping the firm into who we are today.  They were also passionate about the importance of education, the advancement of the engineering profession, and serving the community.”

In 1911, James Tighe, a smart and resourceful Irish immigrant, launched his own engineering practice in Holyoke. Tighe immigrated to the United States in 1887, at the age of 23 and settled initially in South Hadley Falls. He attended McGill University in Canada and studied civil and hydraulic engineering. After graduating in 1892, Tighe settled in Holyoke and worked as an engineer for the Holyoke Water Department, later becoming the city engineer. After his service with the city, Tighe entered private practice as a consulting engineer in 1911, setting up shop in downtown Holyoke.

In the 1920s, Tighe was made an honorary member of the American Water Works Association, having one of longest terms of membership in the hierarchy of water supply experts. Bond later joined Tighe, and together they shaped the beginnings of Tighe & Bond’s bright future.

Bayon was a lifelong resident of Holyoke and was deeply involved in numerous civic organizations and in the community at large.  Likewise, McDonnell lived his entire life in South Hadley and was dedicated to serving this community with his time and talents.  Sheridan lived in Holyoke and was also actively engaged in the community. 

“Because of their strong ties and commitment to community service in their hometowns, the scholarships were designed to help out students in these communities,” said Pinsky. 

Tighe & Bond has a strong commitment to progressing the engineering profession, and providing education assistance to promising students, Pinsky said. “Tighe & Bond established these annual Community Foundation scholarships to honor the careers and contributions of three former company leaders who were instrumental in setting the long term direction and success of our company,” he said. “Our goal is to help fund higher education for talented young students who are pursuing engineering careers. Our firm also has a scholarship assistance program to assist our employees with the college educational expenses of their children.  With the cost of education on a steady rise, scholarships can be a gateway for students to achieve their dreams of a college education.”

In addition to scholarships, Tighe & Bond regularly donates to food banks and area shelters in communities local to our offices.

 “Tighe & Bond is also fortunate to have a passionate and generous staff that believes strongly in helping others and serving the communities in which they live and work. Whether it is championing fundraising programs to raise money for cancer, or gathering toys for children in need, their efforts are visible regularly.” said Pinsky

Many staff volunteer on various community boards or hold leadership positions in other non-profit organizations after the work day ends. Others orchestrate blood drives, United Way campaigns or educational events for youth.

Tighe & Bond chose the Community Foundation because it “does an exceptional job administering Tighe & Bond’s scholarship funds to well-deserving recipients who will go on to build successful careers and make valuable contributions to their communities,” said Pinsky. “Tighe & Bond’s core values of respect, integrity, commitment, excellence, and reliability have remained constant over time and go back to the values that Ed Bayon, George McDonnell, and Phil Sheridan imparted on the organization and all of those they influenced for so many years.  The scholarships are one way to recognize and honor their legacy.”

The Community Foundation offers more than 125 scholarship funds to students throughout the Pioneer Valley through one online application process. Visit communityfoundation.org to apply today. Deadline is March 31, 2017.


Congratulations to the Business West 2017 Difference Makers: Berkshire Community College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Springfield Technical Community College; Friends of the Holyoke Merry Go Round; Denis Gagnon, Sr.; Junior Achievement of Western Mass.; and Joan Kagan.