Boston University to award .3 Million in Scholarships Through Boston High School Scholars Program

in BU In the Community, News Releases
May 28th, 1999

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

Boston University will present 46 Boston public high school graduates with four-year, full-tuition scholarships at a special awards program on Friday afternoon, May 28. Known as the Boston High Scholars Program, it is the largest and longest-running scholarship program – celebrating its 26th anniversary this year – for urban public high school students in the nation.

Thomas Birmingham, President of the Massachusetts Senate, will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will be held in the School of Management Auditorium at Boston University. Boston University President Jon Westling and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will co-host the program and present the scholarships to the students. BU Provost Dennis Berkey will emcee the program.

The Boston High Scholars Program was established at Boston University in 1973 by then-President John Silber. This year’s $4.3 million in scholarships brings the total value of the awards to more than $72 million for the 1,300 Boston public high school graduates who have been named Boston Scholars. The University annually awards the scholarships to seniors who show exceptional promise and motivation and meet the University’s academic requirements. Scholars are nominated by their schools’ headmasters and chosen by a committee of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the University’s Office of Admissions, and the Boston Public Schools.

EVENT:
1999 Boston University Boston High School Scholars Ceremony

DATE:
Friday, May 28, 1999

TIME:
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLACE:
School of Management AuditoriumBoston University School of Management595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Background Information

The Trustees of Boston University established the Boston University Boston High School Scholars Program in 1973 upon the recommendation of then-President John Silber, to enhance educational opportunities for academically outstanding students in the Boston public high school system. The University annually awards four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend Boston University for Boston public high school seniors who show exceptional promise and motivation, and meet the University’s academic requirements. To date, the University has provided more than $72 million in scholarships to 1,300 Boston high school graduates. The 1999 Boston High School Scholars’ awards represent an investment of $4.3 million in the educational future of the City of Boston and its young people. Scholars are nominated by their schools’ headmasters, and chosen by a three-member committee of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the University’s Office of Admissions, and the Boston Public Schools. Scholarship recipients must meet the following minimum requirements: a high school grade point average of at least 3.0; a ranking in the top five percent of the high school graduating class; and a combined SAT score of 1000. A special three-week, interdisciplinary, academic orientation for new Boston Scholars is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to college and ensure the scholarship recipients success.

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