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Rita P. Kelleher Award

Connell School Alumni

Established by students, alumni and friends of former Dean Rita P. Kelleher to honor her service to BCSON and the University. The specific criteria of this $5,500 merit scholarship to be considered are: (a) must be a sophomore at the time of filing application and (b) must have a minimum of a B- average. The Kelleher Scholarship is awarded at the CSON graduation.



Brittney Bentivegna — Awarded May 26, 2017

Bridget Igo — Highest GPA in Class, Awarded June 3, 2011

Genevieve V. Foley '66 — Awarded June 5, 2010

Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown '85 — Awarded May 30, 2009


About Dean Rita Kelleher

Dean Kelleher came to Boston College as the nursing school's first faculty member in September 1947. Just six months later, she was named dean, a role she held for two decades until she resigned in 1968. With the exception of a one-year stint as acting dean, she returned to full-time teaching and retired in 1973 after a 26-year association with the School. In 1987, Chancellor J. Donald Monan, S.J., then president, named Kelleher dean emeritus. Dean Kelleher died on November 2, 2009 at the age of 101, leaving a legacy that is still felt today.