56th Annual President’s Dinner to Honor Teacher Nicole Bollerman ’10

May 11, 2016

Nicole Bollerman '10 with her students on the cover of Stonehill Alumni Magazine

The 56th Annual President’s Dinner at Stonehill, which welcomes nearly 600 friends, neighbors and alumni of the College each year, will honor Stonehill alumna and and UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman ’10. The event will be held on Thursday, June 2 in the College’s newly renovated and expanded Sports Complex.

Stonehill President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. will present the President's Award for Excellence to Bollerman, who donated all of a $150,000 prize she won in a contest to UP Academy, a charter school in Dorchester.

One of Stonehill's highest honors, the President's Award honors individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to public life, business, and to the arts and sciences.

“I’m a third grade teacher in a low-income, high-risk elementary school in Boston, MA. My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hard-working, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hands,” wrote Bollerman in her winning post for the Facebook contest sponsored by CapitalOne, which asked people to submit their wish for others with the promise of cash prizes for a handful of lucky winners.

Not just a winner, but the grand prize winner, Bollerman subsequently surprised her third grade students with books she bought them using the $150,000 prize. Her decision to donate the rest of the money to UP Academy was an easy one. “It was the right thing to do,” she told Stonehill Alumni Magazine in a later interview.

From a cover-story in The Boston Globe to appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bollerman’s kind act caught the attention of people around the country.Bollerman has been teaching third grade at UP Academy Dorchester since it opened in 2013. Prior to that, she taught second and third grade at Imagine Hope Charter School in Washington, D.C. where she earned the “Teacher of the Year” Award in 2012.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go towards supporting the operation of the Sports Complex.

Since 1960, the President's Dinner has honored educational service, community leadership and local partnerships. This year's dinner will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex.

For further information on the President's Dinner and Reception, please call Julie Coleman in the Office of Advancement at 508-565-1344 or email her at juliec@stonehill.edu. The President's Dinner is an invitation only event.