Friday, September 30, 2022 | 8 p.m. | CONTE FORUM

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Boston College Pops on the Heights

The annual Boston College Pops on the Heights: the Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala is a celebrated tradition at BC.

Featuring a spectacular line-up of performances and so much more, Pops on the Heights embodies the shared sense of purpose that defines scholarship support at Boston College and shapes the future of hundreds of Eagles each year. Since 1993, Pops on the Heights has raised $115 million for financial aid and, helping more than 3,500 students pursue their dream of a BC education.

Thanks to the generosity of so many, Boston College remains need-blind in admissions and able to meet the full demonstrated need of undergraduate applicants—promising Eagles who want to use their talents in the service of others.

Join us for Pops on the Heights 2022!

Benefactor Tables: Pops on the Heights 2022

Patrons sponsoring Benefactor Tables provide scholarship support to hundreds of students each year. Gold, Platinum, and Founders’ Circle level benefactors have the opportunity to name their scholarship in honor of their family, allowing for a personal connection between the benefactor and their Pops scholar.

Tickets: Pops on the Heights 2022

Pops on the Heights 2022 is sold out.

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 $115 million in Pops scholarships. Today, Jim and Barbara’s children (Kara ’84, MA’91; Kristin ’89, JD’93; and Jim Jr.) continue their legacy as Pops benefactors.

In honor of the Clearys, BC has since established the annual James F. Cleary ‘50, H’93, Masters Award, which is given to a fundraising volunteer who exemplifies creativity, dedication, and leadership.

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 $115 million in Pops scholarships. Today, Jim and Barbara’s children (Kara ’84, MA’91; Kristin ’89, JD’93; and Jim Jr.) continue their legacy as Pops benefactors.

In honor of the Clearys, BC has since established the annual James F. Cleary ‘50, H’93, Masters Award, which is given to a fundraising volunteer who exemplifies creativity, dedication, and leadership.

Media: Boston College Pops on the Heights

Read more about how one epic night can impact the lives of so many.

BC’s Grace Collins ’22 sings Garland

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.

Hitting a High Note

At the 29th annual gala, Pops on the Heights raises a record $14.5 million for student support.

Pops on the Heights

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.

A stellar Pops

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.

Parents and Pops

A highlight of this year's Parents' Weekend is Pops on the Heights, with guest artist Kristin Chenoweth.

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