CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College’s Presidential Scholars Program has been named after Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO of Rye-based GAMCO Investors.
Gabelli is a Boston College trustee who has supported the program since its inception in 1991.
“It is fitting that this program be named in honor of Mario Gabelli, whose vision helped to establish it nearly 25 years ago,” said Boston College President William P. Leahy. “I am grateful to the Gabelli Family Foundation for its generous gift in support of our Presidential Scholars.” Funded through an annual Wall Street Council dinner in New York, the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program each year enrolls a select group of about 15 incoming freshmen who are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability and community service. The students enter the honors program in their selected field of study. They also take part in weekly meetings, cultural events and community service projects during the academic year, as well as service learning, international study and professional internships during the summer. “This program gives the very best students an excellent foundation in academics, leadership skills and Jesuit values upon which to build their lives,” said Gabelli. “I am pleased that it will continue to provide this unique opportunity for BC students for years to come.” A summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, Gabelli holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He is the parent of four Boston College graduates.