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For of Those to Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required


For decades, Rhode Island communities invested in their family. Now, the Mancinis have established a new scholarship program to provide an education to the Ocean State’s students in need.
Ray Mancini Sr.’60, MBA’11, P’81,’83, ’84; Deborah Mancini Morrocco ’83, P’10, ’14; Ann Mancini, P’81, ’83 ,’84; and Gary Morrocco, P’10, ’14

There are not enough scholarships for all the people who need them to afford college,” says Deborah (“Deb”) Mancini Morrocco ’81, P’10, ’14.

For more than three decades, the Mancini family has invested generously in financial aid at Boston College, supporting students with demonstrated need from 22 cities and towns in their native Rhode Island through more than 170 scholarships. Last year, the family expanded its commitment by creating the Mancini Family Rhode Island Scholars Program, funded through a collection of current-use and endowed gifts, all in support of financial aid—the first of its kind at BC—with preference for students hailing from the Ocean State. The family’s decision to create this scholarship program stems from their motivation to both reduce the financial burden of Rhode Islanders seeking higher education, and also to build a community for this group of BC scholars.

The Mancinis have cherished the opportunity to engage with students at events on campus, such as last fall’s BC vs. North Carolina State football game, the annual Scholarship Dinner, and the beloved Pops on the Heights: The Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala, to which they are also generous benefactors. Deb’s father, Raymond Mancini Sr. ’60, MBA’11, P’81, ’83, ’84, says their experiences meeting the students they support was an important inspiration to further augment their philanthropy. “It’s an emotional thing when you meet these young people, so bright and promising, and they tell you that they don’t know how they would have been able to go to college if it hadn’t been for a scholarship from BC,” he reflects. “It makes you want to do all that you can.”

Deb Mancini Morrocco with Ray Mancini Sr. and Mancini Family Scholars Jamshaid Sulahry ’17 and Kristin Maloney ’19.

In her remarks to scholarship donors and recipients at the 2017 Scholarship Dinner, Deb shared one of her father’s favorite quotes and guiding principles: “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.” To the Mancini family, the truth of this philosophy is strikingly apparent and seemingly written into their family’s history. Deb’s grandfather Antonio Mancini came from humble beginnings.

Antonio Mancini

Antonio Mancini, Boston College Parent


A first-generation immigrant, he had to give up his formal education in the eighth grade to find work to help support his family during the Great Depression. But he kept learning. Through remarkable grit and determination, Antonio paved the way to a better life. He began by apprenticing as an electrician, then bought and sold a chain of hardware stores, and finally bought a beer distribution company. Through Antonio’s perseverance, he was able to provide his son Ray the opportunity to pursue the education which he never had. In 1960, Ray became the first of many Mancini BC Eagles. He then grew his father’s company into Rhode Island Distributing Co., eventually diversifying into other businesses, including flooring and real estate.

With an acute sense of his father’s sacrifices, Ray and his wife, Ann, were determined to help students who otherwise might never have been able to access higher education. In 1986, the couple established the Antonio and Anthony R. Mancini Scholarship at BC Law School, honoring Ray’s father and his late brother, who graduated from BC Law in 1965. In subsequent years, the Mancinis established three additional endowed scholarships with preference for students from Rhode Island.

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It’s an emotional thing when you meet these young people, so bright and promising, and they tell you that they don’t know how they would have been able to go to college if it hadn’t been for a scholarship from BC…It makes you want to do all that you can.

RAYMOND MANCINI SR.

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Now Ray and Ann, along with their children, Deb, Kenneth “Ken” J. Mancini ’83, P’10, ’13, ’15; Raymond “Ray” T. Mancini, Jr. ’84, P’19; and Ronald (Ron) Mancini, are expanding their family’s legacy of philanthropy at BC, with the goal of giving back to the people who supported their grandfather’s growing businesses and helped their family succeed. This investment in BC—the family’s largest philanthropic commitment to date, to any institution—reflects the Mancinis’ love for both Boston College and Rhode Island, recognizing the significant financial need of many students from their home state. The Mancinis’ Ocean State roots run deep, says Deb. “We grew up here, we live here, and our goal is to give back to the communities that have given us so much.”

Ray Mancini Sr., Mancini Family Rhode Island Scholars: Shannon Feng ’21,  Gladis Ricuarte ’22,  and Luis Rivera ’23 at the 2019 Pops on the Heights Gala.

As the Mancini family knows, one of the best ways to do so is to provide access to education. “My family believes that we effect change by planting a seed of education, sowing knowledge and empathy by growing with the communities we are a part of, and giving back to make the world a better place,” says Deb, who is also a member of BC’s Board of Regents. “I can’t help but imagine what my grandfather might have been able to accomplish had he been afforded an education like I had,” she continues. “What he made, and the legacy he built—not just here at BC, but in my family—is nothing short of extraordinary. What might he have become if only he’d been given that opportunity.”

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT


FINANCIAL AID

LUIS R. RIVERA

Class of 2023

mancini family pops scholar
  • Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
  • Major: Biology
  • Special Program: Pre-Health Program
  • La Salle Academy Providence, Rhode Island
I am part of the Multicultural Learning Experience and the Dominican Association. These groups have helped me learn many new things. I’ve met new people, learned new things, and am helping to plan events for the community. My intended major is biology, and I am currently on the pre-health track. My plan is to go to medical school. I am utilizing my first semester to find my passion. I am going on the Learning To Learn Dominican Republic Service and Immersion trip during spring break.”

A Dream of Caring

Zachary Szumita ’21 is an outstanding student passionate about his premedical studies. He is also the recipient of the Mayor Salvatore Mancini Scholarship and with it hopes to fulfill a dream born out of a family tragedy.

“I decided to pursue the premedical track after a horrific car crash cost my four-year-old niece her ability to walk,” Szumita remembers soberly. “The doctors who cared for her and performed multiple operations on her spinal cord and legs were inspiring to watch and learn from. I knew then that I wanted to develop the skills and knowledge to help anyone in a situation similar to my niece’s.”

The son of a builder and a teacher from Johnston, Rhode Island, Szumita knew attending college and medical school would be a struggle. He had faith in his own abilities—“I’ve always been selfmotivated”—but his family couldn’t begin to pay for expensive schooling. The Mayor Salvatore Mancini Scholarship opened the door.

“The Mancini scholarship not only helps lessen the financial burden of college, it has granted my family peace of mind. I am so grateful to the Mancini family, and it is their vote of confidence that has given me even more motivation to achieve my goal of being accepted to medical school,” he says.

“I decided to pursue the pre-medical track after a horrific car crash cost my four-year-old niece her ability to walk,” Szumita remembers soberly. “The doctors that cared for her and performed multiple operations on her spinal cord and legs were inspiring to watch and learn from. I knew then that I wanted to develop the skills and knowledge to help anyone in a situation similar to my niece.”

The son of a builder and a teacher from Johnston, Rhode Island, Szumita knew attending college and medical school would be a struggle. He had faith in his own abilities—“I’ve always been selfmotivated”—but his family couldn’t begin to pay for expensive schooling. The Mayor Salvatore Mancini Scholarship opened the door.

The Mancini scholarship not only helps lessen the financial burden of college, it has granted my family peace of mind. I am so grateful to the Mancini family, and it is their vote of confidence that has given me even more motivation to achieve my goal of being accepted to medical school,” he says.


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