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Legacy Grants

Funding Creative and Innovative Student Projects at BC


BC's Legacy Grants fund projects that impact the lives of others—from individuals to whole communities. Projects that inspire change, that serve others, and that exemplify what it means to be "men and women for others."

Each year, the senior class has the opportunity—through the Senior Class Gift challenge—to earn $25,000 in grant funding to support innovative ideas and creative student projects here at the Heights.

Grants are typically used to jumpstart a great idea that lacks funding or to push the impact of a partially funded idea over the top. If a project needs help in order to be sustainable over time, applying for a Legacy Grant is a great option.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of administrators and students, who will then select finalists for short interviews. Grants are awarded twice a year.

Apply for a Legacy Grant today, or read stories from last year's grant recipients below. Last year's grants were made possible through the inspiring work of the Class of 2016 and the generosity of Trustee Drake Behrakis '86.



Raising Awareness of Climate Change Through Art and Science 

eARThproject, an art installation created by Brigid Rooney ’17, invited viewers to learn more about climate science as a step toward raising awareness of climate change. 


Bringing Books and Hope to Children in Eldoret

Children are flocking to the first public library in a Kenyan slum, thanks to a Legacy Grant project by Daniel Moverman ’18.  


Teaching Personal Hygiene to Children in Paraguay

Judith Mura ’19 created hygiene kits to teach children in her native Paraguay how to care for themselves. 


Raising Voices in Ecuador

Childrens’ voices ring out in an afterschool music program in Ecuador created by Nicholas Rocchio-Giordano ’18.

person using computer

Expanding Computer Access for Homeless Families 

While volunteering at a shelter for homeless families in Dorchester, Mass., Tara Hebert ’18 saw a need for computer technology and skills—and she addressed it through a Legacy Grant.


Testing for Lead in Guatemala 

Vanessa Konzelmann ’18 developed a lead testing and education program with a clinic in Xela, Guatemala.




Life-changing medical care in Uganda

Sarah Coakley '18 and Sarah Ratton '18 brought medical and diagnostic supplies to a clinic in Uganda, where they interned over the summer.



Internet for All

Sourabh Banthia '17 used his Legacy Grant to bring tablets and Internet access to an orphanage in India. 



Ryan Lee '16 founded TradeRoutes, an educational technology project that brings classroom learning to life. 


Margaret's House Literacy Project

Tara Hebert '18 established a library for homeless families at Margaret's House in Boston.

Drake working with HIV researchers

HIV research and education in Durban, South Africa

Riley Drake '16 collaborates with HIV labs in South Africa to help bring the global scientific community closer to a cure. 


Development for Young Women in Senegal

Jordan Tessler '19 led an intensive weeklong personal development camp for young women in Senegal, West Africa. 

Light the World Campaign