Anonymous Donation Establishes Outstanding Scholars Fund at BU School of Public Health

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(Boston) − Through an anonymous donation and a matching grant, the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has established the Outstanding Scholars Fund. Permanently endowed and available to both American and international students, the Fund will provide scholarships to master’s degree candidates who are academically ranked within the top ten percent of their incoming class.

The anonymous gift of $675,000 will be combined with a matching grant, made possible through the Leventhal Challenge, established by Alan M. and Sherry M. Leventhal, who pledged $10 million to Boston University to motivate substantial parallel gifts for student financial aid and professorships. The matching grant will bring the scholarship to more than $1 million, when fully funded.

“Through a very generous donation, we are establishing this fund that will enable the School to attract and support our most academically competitive students at BUSPH,” said Mark Prashker, associate dean of institutional development and strategic planning. “Scholarships are one of the highest priorities of the School’s current fund-raising campaign, and this donation is an important step in creating an endowment that supports academically competitive students, regardless of their economic background.”

Alan Leventhal, a member of BU’s Board of Trustees since 1995 and chair from 2003-08, is the founder, chair and CEO of Beacon Capital Partners, L.L.C., a Boston-based real estate investment firm. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the university’s 2009 Commencement. Sherry Leventhal serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the BU School of Medicine.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized research university. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.