January 6th, 2014

Student scholarships on the rise

Campaign impact: Scholarships

scholarshipKeeping BU affordable for all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances, is a growing challenge today. While inclusiveness and diversity are among our oldest and proudest traditions, it’s getting tougher every year for the University to embrace that tradition. Few of our students now graduate from BU without heavy debt burdens. So attracting new scholarship support is among our very highest priorities.

The good news is that donors have generously responded, providing 141 new financial aid gifts for both graduate and undergraduate students, including many newly endowed scholarships. Among the scholarship donors are those who have taken up the University’s Century Challenge, wherein the proceeds of scholarship gifts of $100,000 or more are matched dollar-for-dollar by BU for 100 years. Students in all 16 BU schools and colleges have benefitted, led (in terms of numbers of awards) by the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the School of Management, from Century Challenge gifts.

Scholarships give non-traditional students like me the freedom to find the kind of work that gets us excited about getting up every day.” —Emily Fletcher (GSM’14), Lead Fellowship recipient

Among the newest scholarship awards is the Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship, established by donors Ruth A. Moorman (CAS’88, SED’89) and Sheldon N. Simon for graduate students pursuing a Ph.D.—in any school or college at BU—whose research and scholarship involve vigorous engagement with civic life and efforts to establish close partnerships with the community. Another new award: The Lilly Family Scholarship (a Century Challenge award), given by George (COM’56), Brian (COM’89), and Kevin (SMG’90, COM’97, GSM’97) Lilly for scholars from Puerto Rico and U.S. Caribbean Territories.

There are many ways to provide financial opportunities for students at BU.

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