Boston University’s Boston High Scholar Program Passes 1,600-Student Mark with more than $108 M Given

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(Boston) — The nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school graduates eclipses the 1,600 scholar and $108 million milestones as Boston University presents 59 new scholars with four-year, full-tuition scholarships at a special awards ceremony Monday evening, June 20.

Boston University President Aram Chobanian will host the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. in the University’s School of Management auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston School Superintendent Thomas Payzant will be guest speakers.

The Boston High School Scholarship Program was established to enhance educational opportunities for students in the city’s public high school system. This year’s scholarships — representing nearly $7.5 million over the next four years — bring the total to $108.2 million awarded to 1,602 students since 1973.

Scholarship candidates are nominated by their school’s headmasters and guidance counselors, then chosen by a committee of representatives from the university’s Office of Admissions, the Boston Public Schools, and the Mayor’s office. The scholars undergo an intensive, week-long academic orientation program — after a weekend of “outward bound” team-building activities — designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the university. The week is highlighted with the award ceremony Monday evening.

2005 Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony

Date: Monday, June 20, 2005

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: School of Management Auditorium, 1st floor
Boston University
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston