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Seigel Family Commits to Need-Blind Aid

Seigel Family Commits to Need-Blind Aid

Donna and Fred Seigel, P’13, describe their daughter Julia’s experience at Boston College as the best four years she could possibly have had––at any school.

“The quality of the faculty and the diversity of course offerings are outstanding,” says Fred Seigel. “Like a lot of kids, she was a little uncer­tain about finding the right major. But BC’s rich liberal arts program worked in the way it should. She soon discovered a path that was perfect for her, majoring in history with a minor in Asian studies.”

The Seigels, who had no connection to the University until Julia entered as a freshman, were so pleased by their daughter’s academic and personal growth that they became increas­ingly active at the Heights.

At a reception for BC parents, the couple heard Alberto Godenzi, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work, describe the demand­ing and selfless work done around the world by GSSW students and alumni. Inspired by this particular aspect of BC’s mission, the couple established the Fred A. and Donna J. Seigel Endowed Global Practice Fund to support the school’s international programs.

“Pursuing a social work career often makes it difficult to afford a professional degree,” says Godenzi. “Gifts like the Seigels’ are crucial because they make it possible for our graduates to serve where they are most needed.”

The couple also wanted to help more students enjoy the BC educa­tion their daughter embraced, leading them to establish the Fred A. and Donna J. Seigel Scholarship Fund, which offers financial aid to deserving undergraduates from their home state of New Hampshire.

Fred Seigel, president and COO of Boston-based real estate investment firm Beacon Capital Partners, emphasizes the importance of need-blind schools like BC, saying, “It means a lot to us to support the University’s commitment of extending the BC experience to all who can benefit from it––regardless of their financial situation.”

Boston College Alumni and Friends