Alumni Association’s $1 Million Gift Will Support Students, Cultivate Philanthropy

Nanette Cormier | July 13, 2011
Alumni Association’s $1 Million Gift Will Support Students, Cultivate Philanthropy

The university is receiving an unprecedented gift from its alumni: a commitment of $1 million to be used for student scholarships, campus programs and initiatives, and matching future gifts.

UMass Boston Alumni Association president Adrian Haugabrook made the announcement at the association's annual fiscal year-end retreat on June 29 at the UMass Club.

“Declining state support for UMass Boston means that today’s students face an ever-increasing financial burden," Haugabrook said. "We see this gift as an opportunity to make this great university affordable and accessible to all students."

The alumni association's board of directors unanimously approved the gift after a year-long discussion on how to best help the university. The gift was made from savings including funds accrued from affinity programs, such as the Alumni Insurance Program.

The multi-year $1 million commitment will include:

  • Over $300,000 in scholarship support
  • Over $150,000 in direct support to campus programs and initiatives
  • $500,000 in funds made available for 50 percent matches, with the goal of attracting $1 million in additional alumni support

With the over $300,000 in scholarship support, the annual alumni association scholarship allocation will increase from $12,000 this year to $42,000 in 2016.

Read about the announcement at Boston.com.

“It is truly amazing when we see the stories coming through in the scholarship applications that we read,” said Lorne Bullerwell ’69, who headed this year’s scholarship selection committee. He noted the tremendous sense of fulfillment that comes with providing resources to help these students: “It just reinforces the love we have for this institution. ”

An additional $150,000 of the pledge will provide direct support to campus programs which will solidify connections between alumni and students, such as career mentoring programs and alumni engagement in campus activities.

Haugabrook said that the association’s positioning of the remaining $500,000 of the gift as matching funds has the greatest potential to leverage both additional resources and to cultivate philanthropy among alumni and friends. The Office of University Advancement is working with the board to create the association’s matching gift program.

Extending his gratitude to the association, Chancellor J. Keith Motley said, “Knowing that this gift provides funds to inspire others to give makes a powerful statement about the growing impact of philanthropy in helping the university to realize its potential.”

In thanking the alumni association, Chancellor Motley characteristically directed his attention to the students in the room, particularly those who were on hand to receive this year’s Alumni Association Scholarship.

Maureen Boggie of West Roxbury, accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter, Margaret, was one of them.

Boggie, 53, who has eight other children, will graduate in 2013 to begin a career in nursing. Next fall she starts a maternity hospital rotation as a part of her training at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Boggie’s husband, a postal carrier, suggested she try a community college course after she had her last child at 47. “I tried it and I liked it,” she wrote on her scholarship application. “Suddenly I felt smart again.”

UMass Boston Board of Visitors Chair Arthur Mabbett ’69 applauded the gift, calling the group’s attention to the sail boats visible in Boston Harbor 33 stories below the downtown UMass Club . “As the university implements its master plan, having such a gift made at the onset of the program helps to put real wind in UMass Boston’s sails," he said.

For more information on the alumni association’s matching funds program, alumni should contact Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Joe DeMedeiros at 617-287-5339 or at joe.demedeiros@umb.edu.

The University of Massachusetts Boston Alumni Association is the umbrella organization for all university alumni from UMass Boston and its predecessor institutions (Boston Normal School, Teachers College of the City of Boston, State Teachers College at Boston, State College at Boston, and Boston State College). UMass Boston has over 75,000 alumni, with more than 80 percent living in New England.

Check out photos and video from the announcement.

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