Dean’s Scholars Program Attracts Legal Eagles
As one of the nation’s premier legal institutions, Boston College Law School is in constant competition with other elites to attract a student body of the highest caliber. A talented and diverse group of scholars creates an environment that expands students’ personal and intellectual horizons, enriching the law school experience both inside and outside the classroom.
Potential students weigh many factors as they compare schools: the quality, reputation, and mission of the institution; its special strengths and distinctive programs; its campus and location; and, with tuition averaging more than $40,000 annually, its cost.
Often the most talented students find that their choice of law school is constrained by their ability to meet their educational expenses.
In response, a new initiative at BC Law now complements the school’s strong institutional commitment to need-based aid. Beginning this fall, the Dean’s Scholars Program offers merit-based aid to applicants deemed especially outstanding.
“At BC Law, the quest for academic excellence is informed by our mission to educate lawyers dedicated to the Ignatian ideals of justice and service. The Dean’s Scholars Program gives us an important tool to encourage that special kind of person to choose BC Law,” says Dean Vincent D. Rougeau.
Established with inaugural gifts from James Champy, JD’68; David Donohue, JD’71; and Michael Puzo ’74, JD’77, P’00, ’02, ’08, ’08, the program welcomed two talented first-year students to campus in September.
Accepted by several prestigious programs, Robert Rossi ’13, JD’16, was admittedly humbled by the scholarship offer. “It underscored what I knew in my heart: BC Law was the right place for me. As a result, I said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to Harvard Law and the other schools I’d considered,” said Rossi.
Donohue, a longtime benefactor of the school and member of its Dean’s Advisory Board, hopes that other alumni will join him in contributing to the new program––or to similar initiatives in the University’s other graduate and undergraduate schools.
“My wife, Pamela, and I wanted to encourage the very best young minds to come to what I believe is the very best law school in the country,” he says.
► For more information or to support the Dean’s Scholars Program, please contact Jessica Cashdan, executive director of advancement and associate dean, Boston College Law School, at 617-552-3536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.