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(Boston) — This year, fourteen students from among the graduating seniors of Boston-area Archdiocesan high schools received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Boston University as part of the university’s Cardinal Humberto Medeiros Scholarship Program. Archbishop Sean O’Malley and Boston University President ad interim Aram V. Chobanian presented the students with their scholarships at a ceremony on May 25, 2005.
Medeiros Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills, and contributions to their schools and communities. The scholars were selected by a four-person committee composed of representatives from the President’s Office, the Office of Admissions, and the Archdiocese of Boston.
Since the program’s inception in 1986, Boston University’s commitment to the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program is substantial. The fourteen students honored today will receive scholarships valued at nearly $1.8 million. By the time these students graduate, the university will have enrolled a total of 297 scholars, representing a contribution of more than $25 million from Boston University to students of Archdiocesan high schools.
The winners of the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship are ranked in the top three percent of their graduating classes, and include one valedictorian and two salutatorians. In addition, the scholars have a mean grade point average of 3.9 and a mean combined SAT I score of 1389. Some of their noteworthy accomplishments include serving as members of student government, campus ministries, and parish councils as well as academic and athletic clubs and teams. Many scholars also volunteer in community service programs that aid Amnesty International, the Jimmy Fund, and local hospitals.