Boston College is a vibrant community that brings together the most talented students and leading-edge faculty in an atmosphere of enlightened learning. Philanthropic support has always been key to the growth and vitality of the University. Donors of endowed scholarship funds play a special role, establishing an enduring source of financial aid funding for BC and a lasting bond that connects donors and their families to future generations of students and their families.
By endowing a scholarship, a donor provides the University with annual resources that will be devoted exclusively to financial aid in perpetuity, and the income from that endowed fund provides generations of BC students with scholarship assistance.
As a recipient of endowed scholarship support, it is important that you express your appreciation to your scholarship donor. To submit your biographical information and a thank you letter, click on the link in the notification email sent to you recently. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
As a close to the 2012-2013 academic year, the Endowed Scholars Program hosted "The Sugar Shack" on the Academic Quad during reading days. Any BC students who passed through the Quad was invited to share ice cream treats and special summer giveaways. Hundreds of students stopped by to take an ice cream break, have a photo taken with Baldwin's likeness, and toss frizbees with friends!
Endowed Scholars are undergraduate students whose education at BC is supported by generous donors to the University. A student is named an Endowed Scholar for a variety of reasons, which might include a specific preference on a fund, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, or a combination of factors.
Each academic year, students who are named Endowed Scholars are notified of their selection early in the first semester, and are asked to participate in the Endowed Scholars Program (ESP) by submitting biographical information, a high resolution photo, and a letter of gratitude that will be shared with their benefactor. Additionally, as a member of the ESP, students are often invited to participate in University and ESP-sponsored events, service projects, and donor outreach activities.
Each spring, Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J. hosts the Scholarship Dinner which brings together scholarship benefactors and their recipients. The evening culminates in a presentation from a donor and a Scholar discussion panel. Students' attendance at the Dinner is contingent upon their donor's attendance.
April 4, 2013:
"I really appreciated getting to know my donor. My donors are so generous, kind, and caring."
"It was a great and memorable night. The opportunity to meet with my donor was a welcome reminder of how truly fortunate I am."
"The evening was such a great way to thank my donors."
In celebration of our 150th anniversary, the University embarked on a national service project called Eagles for Others. On the weekend of April 13th, Endowed Scholars volunteered along with 700 alunmi, parents, and friends who packed meals for hungry families in West Africa as part of a seven-city tour called “150 on the Road.”
Boston College partnered with Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now to bring this service project to the Heights. Our cumulative goal was to pack over 150,000 meals by the tour's end, which has already been achieved after this event at Conte Forum!
There is nothing more meaningful to donors than discovering the impact of their gifts. Endowed Scholars have told of their BC experiences and expressed their gratitude to donors through videos, emails, brochures, photos, and the like, all coordinated through the Endowed Scholars Program and the Office of University Advancement.
The video below was created to honor donors at the 20th Anniversary Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, held during last year’s Parent’s Weekend in September.
The Endowed Scholars BBQ, held at O'Connell House on Oct. 23, proved to be a great gathering! More than 100 students had the opportunity to meet fellow recipients, share a great BBQ dinner, and learn about what it means to be named an Endowed Scholar at BC. They also discussed how to share their gratitude with their donors.
Students dined at tables hosted by Endowed Scholar Ambassadors Isaiah Bien Aime '14, Bart Celie '14, Mirabella Daguerre '15, Hak Kim '14, Kevin Lee '13, Derek Switaj '15, and Jemima Victor '15. Brief presentations by two members of the University's Stewardship and Donor Relations staff and endowed scholar Hak Kim preceded an ice cream bar and a raffle for gift certificates to Best Buy, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, and Blue Ribbon Barbeque.
All were on their way home by 6:30 p.m., presumably to write their thank you notes to donors!
If you cannot see the photos, click here.
Help your class leave its legacy! For every 10% of your class’ participation, alumnus Drake Behrakis ’86 will donate an additional $5,000 (up to $25,000).
Whatever your reason to give to the Senior Class Gift, it’s a great way to leave your mark on The Heights– and a wonderful way to begin your new, important role– as a BC alum. Let’s set an example as Endowed Scholars.
Remember: it’s not what you give– it’s that you give!