Illuminating Excellence: The Campaign for BC High

Illuminating Excellence - The Campaign for BC High
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This historic campaign will advance Human Excellence through investments in key aspects of student formation while ensuring Access and Affordability through scholarships that bring a BC High eduction within reach to students and their families. The Illuminating Excellence Campaign will include landmark improvements to our Physical Campus that advance our mission.

Illuminating Excellence: The Campaign for Boston College High School is the largest fundraising effort in the history of BC High. With a goal of $125 million, the campaign will provide the essential resources needed to advance the school’s mission and legacy of leadership.

Strategic investments in our new approaches to care and learning will provide an even stronger foundation for students’ intellectual and spiritual formation. Support for scholarships and financial aid will enable us to recruit and graduate young men of promise from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who have the greatest potential to strengthen our community. Enhancements to our campus—including a new Wellness Complex, new collaborative learning spaces, and a new stadium— embody our emphasis on aligning the physical and philosophical dimensions of a Jesuit, Catholic education.

Achieving the ambitious goals of the Illuminating Excellence campaign will play a critical role in ensuring that the school we love endures—and thrives—as both a world-class institution of learning and a shining example of leadership in all-boys Catholic education.

Kelly DeGregorio
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Campaign Initiatives

Inspiring human excellence

BC High has a proud tradition of transforming promising boys into capable, caring men. To sustain our leadership in educating the whole person, we must evolve our program of student formation to reflect the world where our graduates will lead and serve.
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Improving access and affordability

Our alumni often describe how they were transformed by the commitment of an adult who believed in their potential. Those transformational opportunities are a direct result of the generosity of devoted alumni and friends who make the dream of a BC High education achievable.
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Investing in our campus

Educating the whole student requires engaging their heads, hands, and hearts; strengthening their minds, bodies, and intellect; and offering physical resources that help them flourish individually and as part of a community or team.
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Supporting the Campaign

With a Companions’ Scholarship, you provide a student with the opportunity to fully experience a transformation of the head, heart, and hands. BC High provides a rigorous academic curriculum with a depth of co-curricular, social justice, and faith formation programs that act as a catalyst, forming young men who serve their communities and make a positive impact…here at home and around the globe. Your partnership in our mission has never been more important.

You can support a student at three levels:

  • $5,000/year,
  • $10,000/year, and
  • $25,000/year 

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Please consider making a gift to The Fund for BC High this year. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference in the lives of our students every day.

For more information, contact Joe Bradley ’17, Office of Institutional Advancement, [email protected]

With a House Sponsorship, you provide our high school students with the opportunities to fully experience a transformation of the head, heart, and hands. The House System provides a holistic formation of our students, centered on cura personalis — care of the whole person. Your gift will help:

  • Create an enhanced environment / context where students can optimize their growth and ultimately fulfill the mission of BC High
  • Promote deeper connections through a student led inter-house competition, covering athletic and co-curricular activities
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for student leadership through the construct of the House System

You can support a House at three levels:

  • $5,000/year,
  • $10,000/year, and
  • $25,000/year 

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Please consider making a gift to The Fund for BC High this year. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference in the lives of our students every day.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Fecsko, Office of Institutional Advancement, [email protected]

A gift to the Fund for BC High (annual fund) demonstrates your belief in the value of a Jesuit, Catholic education, and serves as an affirmation of the good work we do every day in and out of the classroom. By supporting BC High through our annual fund, you help advance our mission to develop young men of integrity who are educated in faith and for justice. Your gift to BC High represents an investment in our students; your generosity will help them become tomorrow’s leaders.

 

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Please consider making a gift to The Fund for BC High this year. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference in the lives of our students every day.

For more information, contact Kelly DeGregorio, [email protected]

BC High has more than 300 scholarships that directly support the financial needs of our students. Establishing a scholarship is a wonderful way to recognize someone special in perpetuity. Recent examples of scholarships established during the Illuminating Excellence Campaign are the Fr. Don MacMillan, SJ ’60 Scholarship and the Peter Skipper P’09 Scholarship.

In establishing the Fr. MacMillan Scholarship, Jim ’78 & Tish Fitzpatrick shared that “Fr. Don MacMillan, SJ ’60 was an important part of my formation and that of so many BC High alumni. His ministry of presence has touched our family through four generations and many events including weddings, baptisms and funerals. His kindness and generous spirit means so much and he has left an indelible imprint on us all. It is important that we recognize the impact that Fr. Don has made to the BC High community. This scholarship offers a student an opportunity to embrace a Catholic Jesuit education that will provide a foundation for formation and commitment. AMDG.”

For more information, contact Kelly DeGregorio, [email protected]

The BC High Endowment plays a critical role in the school’s ability to deliver on our mission: guiding our students to become men for and with others in the best tradition of a Jesuit, Catholic formation. The endowment underpins the school’s financial stability, providing a sustainable source of funding to benefit our students and the campus in perpetuity. Your philanthropic investment ensures that young men have access to a BC High formation now and for generations to come. Gifts to the endowment tend to be larger in size and can be paid over several years.

As part of the endowment, we have provided examples of both scholarships and restricted gifts that leave a lasting impact on BC High.

For more information, contact Kelly DeGregorio, [email protected]

Leave a Lasting Legacy

When you include Boston College High School in your estate plan, your generosity provides financial aid for students in need, strengthens the school’s programs, and supports our dedicated faculty. Your support will ensure that BC High can shape tomorrow’s leaders into the future. 

To learn more, visit our planned giving page, or contact Pat Thompson, Senior Director Campaign and Planned Giving at [email protected]

Restricted gifts are those gifts to BC High that go directly towards a specific endowed fund or toward an established operating program. They can support a variety of programs such as Heads of House, Academic Resource Center, the Centers of Human Excellence, technology resource enhancement, faculty professional development, student academic development as well as building and plant maintenance.

For more information, contact Kelly DeGregorio, [email protected]

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Campaign Council

  • Souren Ouzounian ’85, Chair
  • Jack Shields ’79, P’06, Chair
  • Mike White ’70, Chair
  • Nick Argento
  • Greg Bulger ’68
  • Maria Cadigan
  • John Carroll ’86, P’25
  • Joe Corcoran ’80, P’11
  • Michael Corcoran ’82, P’17, ’19 
  • Dan Coughlin ’70, Co-Chair, Planned Giving Committee
  • Rich Davey ’91, Trustee
  • Joe Donahue ’74 
  • Paul Donato ’95, Trustee
  • Linda Dorcena Forry P’22, ’25 
  • Mary Farrell
  • Charlie Flint ’73
  • Ken Foraste ’91 
  • Bob Forman ’84, P’18, ’20, Trustee 
  • Fritz Friedman ’68, Trustee
  • Huy Huynh
  • Tom Hynes ’57
  • Dan Kenslea ’71, Co-Chair, Planned Giving Committee
  • Donald A. MacMillan, SJ ’60
  • June Matte P’15, ’17, Trustee 
  • Nelson Miranda ’92 
  • Michael C. McFarland, SJ, Trustee
  • John V. Murphy ’67, P’98 
  • Dick Walsh ’65
  • Tracey Welsh P’22, ’26

Contact Us

Please contact us or more information about Illuminating Excellence: The Campaign for BC High.

Advancement

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Diane Elenbaas P’21,

Campaign and Stewardship Coordinator

Investing in Our Campus

Linking the Physical and the Philosophical

Educating the whole student requires engaging their heads, hands, and hearts; strengthening their minds, bodies, and intellect; and offering physical resources that help them flourish individually and as part of a community or team. Despite a long tradition of producing stellar student-athletes, many of our facilities devoted to academic, wellness, and athletic activities suffer in comparison with those found at other schools our families consider. To fully deliver on our mission, we must make campus enhancements that embody our ethos of human excellence and support our commitment to foster ever-deeper connections among community members.

Building projects associated with the campaign reflect an emphasis on wellness in all its forms—providing opportunities for students to explore their interests while advancing their physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Having the latest equipment and resources won’t just make BC High a more competitive, attractive option: It will enable us to keep caring for students holistically in ways our current physical plant doesn’t accommodate. Funding opportunities include the following:

  • Creating an Innovation Hub with state-of-the-art classrooms and collaborative environments where students work across disciplines, explore new ideas, and pursue creative projects
  • Building a multiuse wellness center with athletic facilities—including a pool—that support our sports programs, along with spaces for personal enrichment activities such as yoga and meditation
  • Renovating our stadium, replacing the grandstands, and adding facilities, such as a press box and a concession stand, that reflect the high caliber of our program

Ignatian formation isn’t a ‘theory’—it’s a moral imperative based on fundamental principles of context, experience, and reflection. If BC High is to endure as a community of contemplatives in action, we must make investments that advance our efforts to shape men for others—good, caring men who possess a deep and authentic sense of self in relation to God.”

Improving Access and Affordability

Making Dreams Achievable

Thousands of Eagles have had their life trajectory shaped at BC High. Our alumni often describe how they were transformed by the commitment of an adult who believed in their potential. Those transformational opportunities are a direct result of the generosity of devoted alumni and friends who make the dream of a BC High education achievable. Our campaign will sustain that legacy of caring through increased support for scholarships and financial aid, so that we can always keep our community open to bright, bold, and dedicated students.

If our graduates are to embody Jesuit values, we need to provide a learning environment that reflects the world they will encounter in college and beyond. As one friend of the school said: “BC High isn’t a place you go to—it’s a place you go from.” Support for scholarships helps ensure that every new class includes highly motivated students from a breadth of backgrounds and perspectives who will one day enhance our global network of alumni. Increasing our scholarship resources also enables us to be more discerning in our enrollment efforts by engaging and aligning ourselves with students and families whose hopes, dreams, and hearts reflect and help advance our mission. Funding opportunities include:

  • Current-use gifts and Companions scholarships that allow us to maintain a consistent level of support for today’s students
  • New, city-based merit scholarships focused on diverse communities, including Boston, Brockton, Randolph, and Quincy
  • Endowed scholarships that ensure long-term access and affordability by providing year-over-year support

While today’s typical BC High student may have a background very different from me, in many ways he is me. He has the potential to capitalize on everything a Jesuit formation has to offer, and a commitment to excel. That’s one of the reasons I continue to support the school.”

Inspiring Human Excellence

The Foundation of Formation

BC High has a proud tradition of transforming promising boys into capable, caring men. To sustain our leadership in educating the whole person, we must evolve our program of student formation to reflect the world where our graduates will lead and serve. At a time when the process of helping boys become good, responsible men feels more complex and fraught than ever, we must make investments in our campus and curriculum that help students address issues related to masculinity, character, and other vital concerns through an examination of the relationship between God and self.

Using the same skills of reflection and self-assessment we teach our students, we are reassessing our curriculum to help ensure that we continue to combine a top-flight education with a life-changing formation experience. Gifts to the campaign support innovative approaches to learning and teaching that promote creative thinking and collaboration while ensuring that students are seen, known, cared for, and appropriately mentored. Campaign priorities in this area include:

  • House System We will implement a new house system that honors the spirit of cura personalis. Thoughtful investments in programs and people will strengthen these “communities within a community,” so that boys connect more deeply with the school and one another. Endowment funds that provide support for our heads of house will help us recruit and retain leaders and mentors who are committed to making a big school feel smaller. Adopting a house system will also foster a greater sense of belonging for students, help ensure that boys feel known and loved, and make the BC High experience more navigable and fulfilling.
  • Centers for Human Excellence – Our centers play a pivotal role in advancing our goals around leadership, collaboration, and service. Through the campaign, we will amplify the impact of the Hyde Center for Global Education, the Shields Center for Innovation, and the Mike White ’70 Center for Emerging Leaders. We will also create and endow a Center for DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and a Center for Ignatian Mission and Identity that will advance critical aspects of our Jesuit mission.
  • Curriculum Enhancement– Faculty and staff have a tremendous impact on our students’ lives. The campaign includes investments that give them the tools and encouragement they need to continue shaping those positive experiences. Endowed teaching awards and other forms of recognition will help us recruit and retain the exceptionally dedicated individuals who bring our mission to life.

The power of the Holy Spirit has been given to us, not only as individuals through baptism and confirmation, but even more powerfully as a community. Our mission is to use that power to continue to break down the barriers of fear, misunderstanding, resentment, and distrust that keep us apart. That means breaking out of our own comfortable circles and getting to know those who come from different backgrounds, races, and cultures.”