Patrick E. and Barbara A. Roche Scholarship
When Patrick Kane ’03 was a ninth grader, methodically
placing fresh produce, cheese, and canned goods into plastic bags at Roche
Bros., he could never have imagined that his paycheck would come with
a delayed but substantial bonus. The Quincy native, who graduated with
a management degree from Boston College last spring, helped pay for his
education with a grant from the Patrick E. and Barbara A. Roche Scholarship
The Roches created the scholarship to benefit any Boston
College students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement,
but stipulated a preference for students who work at Roche Bros. or have
parents or grandparents who do. Students who live in communities with
Roche Bros. supermarkets also have priority when applying for the scholarship.
Kane, no doubt, was the kind of student that Patrick Roche
’51 and Barbara Roche had in mind when they endowed the fund with
a $2 million gift—part of a $5 million commitment to the campaign
that includes $2 million to endow two University Professorships, and
$1 million undesignated gift. A member of the National Honor Society
at Boston College High School, Kane was a loyal Roche Bros. employee.
By his senior year of college, he had logged seven years in various jobs
at the supermarket. Throughout college, he worked about 30 hours a
at Roche Bros., most recently making deliveries for the catering department.
Scholarships, many from named funds like the one established
by the Roches,
are the lifeblood of Boston College’s student body, making an education
accessible to many who otherwise could not afford it. Virtually all
the University’s financial aid—nearly $40 million—goes
to students who demonstrate need. And 62 percent of the class of 2006
received some aid.
how important a role my BC education has played in my development
and success, we wanted to ensure that future generations of capable
young men and women will have a similar opportunity available to
PATRICK ’51 AND BARBARA ROCHE
For many students, aid packages piece together a variety
of loans and grants, including funding from named scholarships like the
Roche endowment. The amount of each Roche scholarship varies, depending
on the number of recipients; 16 students received Roche scholarships last
year in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $16,000.
About 60 percent of Kane’s tuition is paid for
by Boston College scholarships, said his father, Stephen Kane. Patrick’s
brother, who graduated from Boston College in 2002, attended on a full
scholarship. Still, their father says, “it was very difficult to
send both my sons there. I had to make financial sacrifices.”
the Kane family, the scholarship meant a weight lifted from what could
have been a serious financial burden. It also meant that all those
bags, full of Oreos and lettuce, hamburger patties and soda, once held
a tiny piece of Kane’s future.
Photo at top of page: Patrick Kane with a co-worker
at Roche Bros. in Quincy.
Inset photo: Barbara A. and Patrick E. Roche.
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