Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala raises a record-breaking $15 million for student scholarships. Thank you for your support!
The Cleary Legacy
Deeply passionate about philanthropy, higher education, and the arts, the late Barbara and James F. Cleary ’50, H’93, founded the annual Pops on the Heights BC scholarship gala in 1993. Jim—a BC Trustee and founder of the Fides and President’s Circle annual giving societies—and Barbara worked tirelessly to help grow the event to become the University’s largest annual fundraiser, which has raised nearly $130 million in Pops scholarships. Today, Jim and Barbara’s children (Kara ’84, MA’91; Kristin ’89, JD’93; and James Jr., P’18) continue their legacy as Pops benefactors.
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30 Years of Scholarship, Generosity, and Enduring Eagle Spirit
This year's fundraiser, featuring multi-award-winning artist Jon Batiste, tops $14.5 million for student scholarships
Jon Batiste performed along with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the record-breaking 30th Annual Pops on the Heights fundraising gala.
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Wearing ruby red shoes, Grace Collins ’22 channeled Judy Garland when she sang “The Man That Got Away” at the 29th annual Pops on the Heights scholarship gala in 2021.
At the 29th annual gala, Pops on the Heights raises a record $14.5 million for student support.
Featuring ‘Hamilton’ Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., BC’s largest fundraising event for financial aid this year raises more than $12.3 million for student scholarships.
BC's 25th annual Pops on the Heights gala featured the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, guest soloist Jennifer Hudson, a tribute to John Williams, and a record $14M raised for student scholarships.
A highlight of this year's Parents' Weekend is Pops on the Heights, with guest artist Kristin Chenoweth.