Foundation News

First Endowed Scholarship Fund Created by BHCC Alumnus

John Narcus, BHCC Class of 2014, recently established the Andrew Graham Narcus Semper Fi Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is fully endowed and will be available for qualified students in fall 2016. This is the first scholarship endowment to be created at BHCC by an alumnus of the College! Four years ago, John began a 5K run in memory of his brother, Cpl. Andrew Graham Narcus, USMC. With 850 participants (including 60 from BHCC), this year’s Boston River Run 5K raised the $25,000 needed to endow a BHCC scholarship. John received the Trustees Service Award while at BHCC and experienced firsthand the impact of having a scholarship. The Trustees award enabled him to work fewer hours during his final year at BHCC and to graduate earlier than he otherwise would have been able to afford to do.

Rukimini Rao Memorial Scholarship Endowed

Yenamandra V. Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at BHCC, has fully endowed the scholarship created in memory of his late wife, Rukmini Rao. Since 2012, this award has provided generous scholarship support annually to two students pursuing an associate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Students must be academically motivated, have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and demonstrate financial need.

Foundation Contributions to BHCC Students, Fall 2015

  • Since the start of the new academic year, the BHCC Foundation has contributed:
  • $144,200 in scholarship assistance to 98 students with financial need;
  • $30,426 in emergency assistance to 39 students;
  • $16,500 to the purchase of textbooks for students;
  • $15,000 in direct food assistance to more than 500 students.

Save the Date

The 2016 Bunker Hill Community College Foundation gala will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at The Hampshire House. We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the BHCC Foundation.

News from 2015

Foundation’s Annual Gala Raises $215,000 for New and Continuing Scholarships

Donations received through the 2015 annual gala are funding students through the continuation of the Ruby Anniversary Scholarship program and the establishment of Foundation Silver Scholarships. These scholarships assist the College with one of its top priorities, student completion. Read the full story and see photos here:

TJX Foundation Completes $100,000 Commitment to Student Emergency Assistance

The TJX Foundation awarded its fourth grant of $25,000 to Bunker Hill Community College for the Mary L. Fifield Student Emergency Assistance Fund. During the past five years, TJX, through The TJX Companies and The TJX Foundation, has contributed $125,000 to Student Emergency Assistance at BHCC, which has helped approximately 150 students cope with an unexpected financial crisis and thus stay in school.

Barnes & Noble College Contributes $100,000 to BHCC Work Study Program

Barnes & Noble College contributed $100,000 to supplement funds available through the College Work Study Program at BHCC. The program is federally funded but the demand for jobs on campus is greater than the federal resources allocated to the College. The company’s contribution was designated for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. Barnes & Noble College manages the BHCC Bookstore and is a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

New Scholarships Established by Donors

Two new scholarship funds were established at BHCC by generous donors. Jessica and Naiff Bethoney endowed the Bethoney Family New Beginnings Scholarship and Doris and Dan Partan created the Gateway Scholarship. Both of these scholarship programs are designed to help students who may not be eligible for government grants or loans.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant

The Bank of America, through their Charitable Foundation, awarded Bunker Hill Community College a grant of $10,000 to help update equipment for the Surgical Technology Certificate Program. This is the second grant received by BHCC from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to upgrade equipment in classrooms and laboratories in the Allied Health Professions Certificate Programs, which are located on the Chelsea Campus.