bc parents open a path to the heights
There were times when Ron Sargent, P'14, lay awake wondering how he'd afford college. But a much-needed scholarship gave him the financial means to pursue his studies and placed him on a path to become chairman and CEO of Staples, Inc. Now he and his wife, Jill, are doing their best to make sure some of the University's most talented students sleep through the night.
The couple recently established an endowed scholarship that benefits undergraduates who couldn't otherwise afford higher education—a timely commitment, given that seven in 10 Boston College students now receive some form of financial assistance.
"The world is filled with incredibly gifted young people who just need an opportunity to succeed," says Ron Sargent. "If we can offer them that chance, we are glad to do so."
The Sargents view Boston College as a community where students can make the most of their abilities, believing that BC offers them singular preparation to enter a competitive job market—and to contribute to a society in need.
Says Jill Sargent, "We see the personal growth of our own son. And we appreciate that BC not only offers rigorous coursework but also combines that study with a mission to graduate individuals who will then use their educations to improve people's lives."
Ron Sargent has contributed to the University's success for more than a decade as a member of the board of advisors at the Carroll School of Management. During this time, the Carroll School has experienced a transformation under Dean Andy Boynton '78, P'13, who instituted the groundbreaking Portico course that infuses the first-year business curriculum with an ethical foundation and who has overseen the school's rise to ninth in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek undergraduate rankings.
Similar achievements can be seen throughout the University, whether in the recent completion of Stokes Hall or in the continued growth of the PULSE Program for Service Learning, and each instance reinforces the financial decision of a couple who know the value of student aid.
"Many donors give to Boston College because of what the University meant to them," says Ron Sargent. "But I encourage alumni and parents to give for what BC can mean to so many others."