Boston University to Award $4.8 Million in Full-Tuition Scholarships to 45 Boston Public High School Graduates

in BU In the Community, News Releases
June 18th, 2002

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | rtaffe@bu.edu

Boston, MA —Boston University will present 45 graduates of Boston public high schools with four-year, full-tuition scholarships at a special awards ceremony Thursday, June 20. Initiated in 1973, the Boston High Scholars Program is the nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school graduates.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the University’s School of Management auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Avenue. University President Jon Westling will host the program and Provost Dennis Berkey will serve as emcee.

Boston University Chancellor John Silber established the Boston High Scholars Program nearly 30 years ago to enhance educational opportunities for students in the city’s public high school system, many who would not otherwise be able to afford higher education or qualify for scholarship aid. This year’s scholarships – representing $4.8 million over the next four years – bring the total to more than $88 million awarded to 1,451 students since 1973.

Scholarship candidates are nominated by their school’s 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. The scholars are participating in an intensive orientation program designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the University that culminates with the award ceremony Thursday evening. Event: 2002 Boston University Boston High School Scholars ceremony Date: Thursday, June 20, 2002 Time: 7 p.m. Place: School of Management Auditorium Boston University 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Background Information The 2002 Boston University Boston High School Scholars Program

The Boston High Scholars Program is the nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school graduates.

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 $88 million in scholarships to 1,451 Boston high school graduates.

The 2002 Boston High School Scholars’ awards represent an investment of $4.8 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 10 percent of the high school graduating class; and a combined SAT score of at least 1100.

This year’s 45 Scholars have a combined high school grade point average of 3.66.

The Scholars complete an intensive one-week academic orientation program to prepare them for the challenges of college learning. This special orientation is a further expression of Boston University’s commitment to the academic success of each scholar.

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