Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Yvonne McBarnett, the manager of the Montserrat office. It’s with great joy that I welcome you and your son or daughter to Boston College and the Montserrat Community!
Their acceptance to Boston College is a great achievement, we recognize and applaud your child’s previous achievements, and have consequently taken on the mission of ensuring that your child will have the support and resources here at Boston College to continue on the path of success.
Your son/daughter has been designated to be a part of our office based on the FAFSA and income information provided by your family. We will serve as a supportive network for your son/daughter for the duration of his/her undergraduate experience. Our main objective is to assist students at the highest level of financial need so that they may participate, and embrace an enriching experience in their Jesuit University. We will provide a variety of resources directly to your son/daughter and also serve as a liaison for them between many different areas of the university. Our office provides a safe, confidential and comfortable environment enabling them to be authentic.
I will look forward to meeting your son or daughter soon!
What does Montserrat Do for Your Child?
The Boston College experience extends beyond the academic halls and touches service, reflection, exposure, and socialization; we intend to break financial barriers so that Montserrat students have the opportunity to experience and utilize all that BC has to offer. Assembled together in a single location, Montserrat hopes to be a platform for students, providing answers and support where possible and specific direction in situations where aid is better provided and needs more adequately met outside of our office. Some of the myriad ways we support our students are listed below:
Service and Retreat Funding: Through collaboration with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, Montserrat is able to provide a fellowship that covers the initial deposit fee for students intending to partake in a BC approved international or domestic service and/or immersion program. The fellowship is not competitively based, so any student who completes and submits the form will receive funding. As a stipulation of the fellowship, students must meet with the Program Administrator or current GA to reflect on ‘what it means to serve and to discuss and plan the fundraising component of the trip.
Academic and Academic-Enrichment Funding Requests: Allocation of funds to students wanting to participate in non-traditional academic activities, unpaid research opportunities, and advanced education exams and exam preparation courses. Students will find request forms for these activities on our website and must complete and submit all form requirements as well as schedule an appointment to discuss potential funding.
Work-Study Position Notifications: All available Work-Study positions provided by BC will be listed and updated in the student section of the Montserrat website. We encourage students in need of a Work-Study job to contact us and provide us with an updated copy of their resume so that we can notify them when a position becomes available.
Study-Abroad Advisement: In collaboration with the Office of International Programs, Montserrat has established a liaison between our office and OIP so that students can explore the available scholarship and grant options for funding abroad experiences.
Emergency, Personal and/or Financial Support: Our fundamental mission is to support students struggling with serious personal or financial situations. We encourage any student struggling or facing serious financial burden to come see us so that we may determine the appropriate resources.
Free Tickets: Access to ticketed events is Montserrat’s foremost initiative in assisting students of high financial need to experience the BC social culture. Students are contacted and encouraged to enter a lottery for specific events and if selected must come into the Montserrat Office to claim them.