The impact of a transformational gift is in its power to change the course of a young life—but for Board of Regents members, Brett D. Heffes ’89 and his wife, Stephanie, the benefits are twofold.
Not only has their family scholarship combined their love for education and hockey, but it’s also deepened their relationship with The Heffes Family Men’s Hockey Scholarship recipient, David Cotton.
“Stephanie and I have gotten to know David on a more personal level. He is so much more than the latest ‘top six’ talent to lace up his skates for the Eagles,” Heffes says of the applied psychology major and Carolina Hurricanes draft choice.
“He is an extremely thoughtful, creative, and talented young man who happens to be an elite hockey player,” he adds.
Cotton, a senior and the first student-athlete to receive the Heffes Scholarship, is forever thankful to the Heffes, not only for their generosity but also for playing an instrumental part of his BC experience.
“It’s not just the fact he’s funding my scholarship. He’s just a genuinely good person, easy to reach out to, and another [mentor] that’s being offered to me,” says Cotton.
Heffes most cherishes his time spent with Cotton speaking about campus life, class scheduling, and career plans.
“Our hope is that David and the other student-athletes we will support in the future benefit from this program as much as we have,” says Heffes.
And Heffes notes, since his family’s involvement with the scholarship program, “our connection with BC has dramatically increased.”
Not only has he seen the direct impact of his family’s scholarship, “but we have become more aware of the needs of the University and are in a better position to provide additional resources over time,” he says.