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Beacons of Hope

Scholarship Dinner celebrates the generosity of alumni and the impact their gifts are having.

Nuccio Law Scholar Alberto Cabrera Rivera, MCAS ’21, LAW ’24, was the student speaker at the event. 

At BC Law’s 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner on April 9 more than 100 alumni and students gathered at the Langham Boston Hotel to celebrate the opportunities provided by donor generosity.

Alberto Cabrera Rivera ’24, a scholarship recipient who spoke at the gathering, said, “The scholarships that we are celebrating today are not just financial assistance. They are beacons of hope that provide life to our dreams, to our potential, and importantly, to this career.”

In her address to the gathering, donor Kate J. Barton ’86 spoke to the incredible ethos of the BC Law community and her lifelong commitment to the “pay it forward” mentality. She credits her ascent to the job of Global Vice Chair at Ernst & Young to that foundational ethos.

The evening’s program also contained statements of gratitude by several other recipients.

One was Barton Scholar Noah Francois ’26. “I am grateful for this financial support because it allows me to continue to explore my interests and continues to expose me to new opportunities. I wish to pass this access and knowledge on to future law students,” he said, echoing his donor’s message.

Another was Abigail King ’25, a Montgomery Family Scholar. “Receiving this scholarship made my dream of attending law school a reality,” she said. “Without the generous support provided through this scholarship, I wouldn’t be here today, a few months away from graduating.”

“I never imagined I would have an opportunity to attend such a great law school and have access to such a great network of professionals,” wrote Howe Law Scholar Reginé Cooper ’24. “It really has changed the trajectory of my life.”

All of this made the evening a showcase of the transformative power of scholarships in shaping the future of legal education. The final proof was in the pledge with which Rivera closed his speech: “To the Nuccio Family, the sponsor of my scholarship, I promise that your kindness doesn’t end here, and as long as I’m alive, I’ll keep passing it forward.”

Photographs by Michael Manning

Scholarship donor Kate Barton, Law ’86, gave the evening’s alumni address.
The Scholarship Dinner was held at the exquisite Langham Boston Hotel.
Nancy Kyei ’24, Salvucci Law Scholar; Kaela Hardy ’24, Marianne D. Short and Ray Skowyra Law Scholar; Imani Roberson ’24; Mathew Ralph Santiago’24, Rocha/Lerner Law Scholar; and Tyler Barton ’24
Catherine Pagliarulo, MCAS ’10; Elizabeth Nuccio, MCAS ’17; Alberto Cabrera Rivera, MCAS ’21, LAW ’24, Nuccio Law Scholar; Lizbeth Brea-Polanco, MCAS ’20; Carol Nuccio Hawes, MCAS ’80, P ’19; and Lisa Mindick
Margaret Supple Mone, CSON ’64; Anna Metri, MCAS ’23, LAW ’26, Mone Law Scholar; and Michael E. Mone, LAW ’96
Esther Chang, MCAS ’02, LAW ’07; and Catherine Bekel, LAW ’24, Law Dean’s Scholar
Tamara Perez Cantalapiedra, LAW ’24, hugging Alberto Cabrera Rivera, MCAS ’21, LAW ’24
Michael Fee, MCAS ’81, Law ’84; David C. Weinstein, LAW ’75; and Chloe Heller, LAW ’26, Weinstein Law Scholar
Maria Tringale, BC Law director of development, and Edward Leahy, LAW ’71
Mark Morisi, Elaine Morisi, and Anthony Pelgro, LAW ’26, Morisi Scholar
Marianne D. Short, Esq., Dean Odette Lienau, in red, with several of the Marianne D. Short and Ray Skowyra Law Scholars, from left: Timothy Lambert, LAW ’25; Shun Ouyang, LAW ’24; Kaela Hardy, LAW ’24; and Ryan O’Malley, LAW ’24
Paul T. Dacier, P ’13 ’17, and Joan Lukey, LAW ’74