Martino $5 million matching gift seeks to spur scholarship support for Chicago Booth students

In an effort to allow more students to access a world-class business education at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago Booth alumna Roxanne M. Martino, ’88, and her husband Rocco J. Martino have made a $5 million matching-fund gift. 

The Martinos hope their gift will inspire those with a similar passion to support Booth students, ensuring that the school will attract applicants with the greatest potential as future leaders.

“My Booth education has been a powerful resource throughout my career in my business and in my work in the community,” said Roxanne Martino. “Rocco and I want to make sure that more students enjoy the full benefit of a Booth education, and I hope my fellow alumni will seize this opportunity to impact the life of a student.”

The Martinos' dollar-for-dollar match for new scholarship gifts will help Booth continue making strides in enhancing the diversity of its student body, both in their backgrounds and their career aspirations. Scholarship support also makes a Booth education more attainable for those students who are the best fit for the school’s educational approach.

“Attracting and yielding the best students are a key priority for Chicago Booth,” said Madhav Rajan, Booth Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting. “I am grateful to Roxanne and Rocco for their tremendous generosity and their wish to inspire others to support students. I believe this matching-gift initiative will resonate with our alumni, who care deeply about our students and the school’s continued success.”

Martino is the retired president and CEO of Aurora Investment Management and currently is managing partner of OceanM19. She is an inaugural inductee in the InvestHedge Hall of Fame, and the first woman to co-chair the Council on Chicago Booth.

If you are interested in learning more about supporting students at Chicago Booth through the Martino match, please contact Katie Tkach at

Originally published on October 24, 2018