Boston University Awards $5.3 Million in Full-Tuition Scholarships as Unrivaled Program Tops $100M Mark

in BU In the Community, News Releases
June 21st, 2004

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(Boston) – The nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students tonight eclipsed the $100 million distribution mark with $5.3 million in new four-year, full-tuition scholarships awarded by Boston University. The BU Boston High School Scholarship Program has now given $100.3 million in scholarships to 1,543 students since 1973.

BU President ad interim Aram Chobanian was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and city school Superintendent Thomas Payzant in honoring the 44 new scholars who represent 12 of the city’s 22 public high schools and include five class valedictorians. After an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire, the scholars are spending this week on the BU campus in an intensive orientation program that includes lectures, labs and receiving dormitory assignments.

“Boston University has a long-standing tradition of bringing the benefits of education to the people of Boston and surrounding communities,” Dr. Chobanian said in remarks prepared for the scholars. “Our job will be to provide you a broad education that teaches you to pursue truths; to liberate your minds to think freely; to better understand those of different cultures, different backgrounds and different interests; and to establish within you a sense of your responsibilities to the world in which you live.”

Part of Boston University’s $2.8 billion annual economic impact in the region, the Boston High School Scholarship Program 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 College and Roxbury Community College, 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 or guidance counselors and chosen by a three-member committee of representatives from the Mayor’s office, the university’s Office of Admissions, and the Boston public school system. 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 scholars have a combined GPA of 3.7 and were ranked in the top four percent of their class.

“None of this would be possible without the support of Boston University, which has been a wonderful partner to the City of Boston,” Menino said in prepared remarks. “I believe that education is the foundation for a bright future. As mayor, I want every young person to get a quality education.”

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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