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Suffolk gets $10 million gift

The money will fund scholarships for needy students from Massachusetts.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File 2016/Globe Staff

A graduate of Suffolk University has pledged $10 million to the school, the single largest alumni gift in the university’s history, the school announced Tuesday.

The money will fund scholarships for needy students from Massachusetts. Suffolk’s new classroom building at 20 Somerset St. will be named after the donor, Leonard J. Samia, according to the school.

Samia earned a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk in 1969, according to an announcement from the school. His two daughters also earned degrees there.

“Suffolk University has made an enormous difference in my life,” Samia said in a statement from the university. “I would not be where I am today without my Suffolk education, and I am committed to making similar opportunities possible for others.”


Samia is president and chief executive of The Samia Companies, a real estate company. Before that, he was a school teacher, according to Suffolk. He has donated to Suffolk in the past, including by creating a scholarship fund for Suffolk students from Allston and Brighton, in honor of his father.

“We are so grateful to Lennie and his family for this extraordinarily generous gift,” interim president Marisa Kelly said in a statement.

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