Suffolk University in Boston has announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Leonard J. Samia (BSBA '69) in support of need-based scholarships.
The largest single gift from an alumnus in the university's history will support a fund that provides scholarships for students from Massachusetts with significant financial need. In recognition of the gift, the university's newest academic building will be named the Leonard J. Samia '69 Academic Center. Designed to take advantage of the latest innovations in teaching and learning, the building includes labs and active-learning classrooms and serves as a hub for the university's communication program.
President and CEO of the Samia Companies, a family-owned residential and commercial real estate company, Samia earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Suffolk. A longtime supporter of the university, he established the Bert J. Samia Memorial Centennial Scholarship Fund — named for his father — to provide financial assistance to students from the Allston-Brighton area and has made gifts in his family's name to support construction of seven lobbies in the new building.
"Lennie Samia understands firsthand the power of education to lift people up," said acting university president Marisa Kelly. "This truly transformational gift will open doors and create new pathways to success for generations of Suffolk students to come. It will expand access to a Suffolk education for many promising students with the greatest need. We are so grateful to Lennie and his family for this extraordinarily generous gift, which will permanently link the Samia family to the success of highly capable Suffolk students for years to come."