Boston University Awards $5.4 Million in Full-Tuition Scholarships as Unrivaled Program Marks 30th Anniversary

in BU In the Community, News Releases
June 23rd, 2003

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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University has officially marked the 30th anniversary of the nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students. With the $5.4 million in four-year, full-tuition scholarships awarded tonight, the Boston High Scholars Program has given more than $94 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students since 1973.

Chancellor John Silber — who created the unrivaled program as University president — was joined by Provost Dennis Berkey and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in honoring the 48 new scholars who represent 14 of the city’s 19 public high schools. The students, who just completed an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire, are spending this week on the BU campus in an intensive orientation program that included lectures, labs and getting dormitory assignments.

“Boston University has always recognized its obligations to bring the benefits of education to the people of the city of Boston,” said Dr. Silber. “We take great pride in what the alumni of the Boston High School Scholarship Program have achieved and in the role Boston University has played in helping to make those achievements possible.”

The Boston High Scholars Program is part of Boston University’s $2.6 billion annual economic impact in the region, and represents a continuing investment in the educational future of the City of Boston and its young people. BU also offers annual special scholarship programs for Boston City employees, Boston teachers, graduates of Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges, graduates of nearby Brookline and Chelsea high schools, graduates of local Archdiocesan schools, and children of Boston and Brookline firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Boston High Scholars 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. Meeting the requirements of at least a 3.0 high school grade point average, a top 10-percent ranking in their class and a combined SAT score of at least 1,100, this year’s 48 scholars have a combined GPA of 3.59 and were ranked in the top five percent of their class.

“Our future, and the future of this city, lies in the hands of our young people,” said Mayor Menino. “Forty-eight young men and women have earned a full, four-year scholarship to one of the finest universities in the country. Since the program began, BU has offered scholarships to nearly 1,500 Boston public school students, an investment of almost $95 million. That investment has paid off as so many Boston Scholars have gone on to achieve their dreams. I want to thank Boston University for giving our young people this opportunity.”

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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