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Faces of Financial Aid

At Boston College, seven in 10 undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships established by legacy donors and others. These students often represent the very best of BC as they embrace the call to become "men and women for others."

Here are a few of their stories:

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MONICA MACHECA '16

An economics major from St. Louis, Mo., Monica has embraced a global vision of service at BC. First she traveled to Belize with the Arrupe International Immersion Program, which then inspired her to join Casa Bayanihan, an intensive program that pairs students with impoverished communities in the Philippines. Back at the Heights, she’s tutored prisoners and volunteered with the Samaritans’ suicide prevention hotline, and is now a student leader for an upcoming Arrupe trip to Chiapas, Mexico.

“I would never have guessed that my college career would lead me to live and work alongside marginalized communities around the world. Those experiences have enriched every part of my life, and they’ve only made me more passionate about using my education for a more just society.”


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RUSSELL SIMONS '17

A native of Larchmont, NY, Russell has long been engaged in the BC community, serving in BC’s Undergraduate Government, editing two student-led academic journals, and performing with BC’s gospel choir. But with his eyes on the premed track, he initially saw classes as just a stepping-stone on his way to becoming a doctor. That changed when he signed up for BC’s new minor in medical humanities, health, and culture.

“My understanding of medicine has grown from a purely scientific construction to this grand, intensely human endeavor. It gave me the framework to fully appreciate my placements in a New York City HIV/AIDS clinic and a hospital in Madrid, and it’s helped me visualize my future in an entirely new way.”


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ALEXANDRA CORDOBA '16

The daughter of a small-business owner in Danvers, Mass., Alexandra used BC’s connections to study finance at ESADE Business School in Spain, visit the Vatican, and land a competitive capital markets internship at PNC Financial Services. On campus, she’s been active in Appalachia Volunteers, the Ascend mentoring program for women, and PULSE, where she discovered a love of teaching that she hopes to pursue after a successful career in finance.

“My professors have always encouraged us to explore outside the box and to choose minors in areas such as art, music, or international studies—anything we find of great interest but may be hesitant to study. They’ve helped me learn more about myself and the world I live in.”

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