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A 1L to Watch

Scholarship opened the door to his future.

April 4, 2019 -- Boston College Law School's 2019 Law Scholarship Dinner, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, MA. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham Photography.  Photograph by Caitlin Cunningham

John-Henry Marley ’21 has just finished his first year at BC Law, but the powerful memories he’s made here have already shaped his ideals and aspirations. At the recent Scholarship Dinner, he reflected on his experience.

Memorable highlights of Marley’s 1L year included joining the Black Law Students Association, serving pro bono legal clients, and winning the Negotiation Competition. He calls the school’s fundamental value system a transformative influence that has made him eager “to carry Boston College Law School values into the ‘big law’ space.”

He’s passionate about the opportunities that the Eugene and Mary Carey Endowed Scholarship to BC Law has opened up for him, and about the importance of access to education for those who, like him, could not afford it without financial aid. “When the cost of entry to education is prohibitive, the result is systemic, generational economic shackling of entire communities,” he says.

Marley has been supporting his family since he was seventeen. “When I was young, my family looked to me and said, ‘It’s your job to use the talents God gave you and uplift us all,’” he recalls. The Carey Scholarship has given him the access to advance his professional life, his family, and his community.

“This is the first step toward a career that will give me the opportunity to pay forward everything I have been so fortunate to receive,” he says.