Other Scholarships

Boston University offers several scholarships for students who excel in a particular subject area, or have special talents and other personal accomplishments. Students must apply and be admitted to the school, college or program that offers the scholarship (if applicable). In some cases, additional requirements such as essays and other scholarship application materials are required. Many of our scholarships have a December 1 deadline.

Thomas M. Menino Scholarship

This prestigious four-year, full-tuition scholarship is awarded to 25 seniors graduating from Boston public high schools. Thomas M. Menino Scholarship recipients are selected for their ability to face the intellectual challenges at Boston University and for their potential to contribute to the University community and society. Eligible nominees are invited to visit campus for a personal interview.

Students must be nominated by their high school principals or guidance counselors. Nomination forms are distributed to schools as an interactive PDF attachment and may be returned via email to scholars@bu.edu or printed and mailed to:

Boston University Admissions
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

The Common Application, BU Writing Supplement and all supporting materials including the nomination form must be submitted by December 1.

Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship

These four-year, full-tuition awards are available to selected graduating seniors from parochial high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Recipients are chosen for academic achievement, leadership ability and dedication to community service. Eligible nominees are invited to visit campus for a personal interview.

Students must be nominated by their high school principals or guidance counselors. Nomination forms are distributed to schools as an interactive PDF attachment and may be returned via email to scholars@bu.edu or printed and mailed to:

Boston University Admissions
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

The Common Application, BU Writing Supplement and all supporting materials including the nomination form must be submitted by December 1.

College of Engineering FIRST Scholarship

This four-year, $20,000 tuition scholarship is awarded to a student who has participated in the FIRST Robotics program for at least one full season in high school and who has applied and been admitted to the College of Engineering. FIRST Scholars also receive funding to participate in a research program with a College of Engineering faculty member for up to 10 hours per week for one semester in the first two years of study. Those who maintain an overall grade point average of 3.40 are guaranteed admission to a Boston University College of Engineering master of science program.

Applications for the scholarship are available on the College of Engineering website. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation from their FIRST team advisor. For more information please contact the College at 617-353-6447.

Applications for admission to the College of Engineering are due no later than January 1. FIRST Scholarship applications and recommendations are due no later than February 1.

College of Fine Arts Scholarships

Scholarships to the Schools of Music, Theatre & Visual Arts are granted to students who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent in an audition or through a portfolio review. Please visit the individual school’s website for information about portfolio requirements and auditions.

National Scholars

High school seniors with exceptionally strong academic records who have been chosen as National Merit or National Achievement Program finalists may be considered for the $20,000, renewable, Boston University Presidential Scholarship. Selection for the award is competitive and recipients are chosen by the Boston University Board of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee.

National Merit finalists must apply to Boston University by January 1 and designate Boston University as their first-choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation no later than March 1.

National Achievement finalists must apply to Boston University by January 1 and send a copy of their Finalist letter to the following address by March 1:

Boston University Admissions
Scholarship Coordinator
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP)

National Hispanic Recognition Program finalists who have exceptionally strong academic records will be considered for the $20,000, renewable, Boston University Presidential Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Boston University Board of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee.

To be eligible, candidates must apply to Boston University by January 1 and send their Finalist letters to the following address by March 1:

Boston University Admissions
Scholarship Coordinator
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Deans’ Scholarship

These $10,000, renewable tuition scholarships are offered to selected academically talented students. While recipients may have little or no calculated financial eligibility, their expected family contributions must not substantially exceed the cost of attendance. To be considered, students must file the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Please contact Financial Assistance at 617-353-2965 for more information.

Methodist Clergy Scholarship

This $20,000, renewable scholarship is available to the sons and daughters of active, ordained Methodist ministers. Scholarship funds are limited, thus awards are offered on a funds-available basis. To be considered, students must submit a letter from their resident Bishop indicating their church of affiliation to:

Boston University Financial Assistance
Attn: Ken Kowalczyk
881 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Financial Aid

Boston University is also committed to rewarding academic achievement and ensuring that a BU education is available to as many qualified Boston public high school students as possible. We will meet the full calculated financial eligibility, without loans, for all Boston public high school students who are admissible to BU. The CSS PROFILE and FAFSA must be submitted by February 15. These awards are renewable for up to eight semesters (four years) of undergraduate study, when the student maintains academic and financial eligibility requirements. For more information please contact BU Financial Assistance at 617-353-2965 or finaid@bu.edu.