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Mens sana in corpore sano – "a sound mind in a sound body" – was a favorite expression of the late Richard F. Powers, Jr. '40. It has made a lifelong impression on his sons, Boston College Trustees Richard "Dick" F. Powers III '67 and John J. Powers '73. To recognize how important this philosophy has been to them, the Powers brothers have endowed both an academic and an athletic scholarship at Boston College.
In 1993, they established the Powers Family Scholarship Fund for students in BC's Presidential Scholars Program, and most recently, Dick and John endowed the Richard F. Powers, Jr. '40 Quarterback Scholarship Fund.
"Dad always stressed the importance of balance in life – in particular, in academics and athletics. Endowing the Quarterback Scholarship Fund to complement the Powers Family Scholarship Fund is a very special and enduring way for us to memorialize what was so important to Dad," notes Dick.
In 1999, Dick and John also made a significant gift to BC and dedicated the Powers Atrium in Fulton Hall to their parents. "We consider the contributions we have been able to make as investments in the future of BC," says John. "We are particularly delighted that we are able to support the athletic department at a time when it is excelling under Gene DeFilippo's leadership."
Dick adds, "Boston College has given so much to us and to our family. We are grateful to be able to give back a small part of what BC has given us."