Boston University’s Nation-Leading High School Scholarship Program to Pass $114 Million Mark

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 |

(Boston) — America’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school graduates eclipses the $114 million milestone on Monday, June 19, as Boston University presents 41 new scholars with four-year, full-tuition scholarships at the 33rd special awards ceremony for BU’s Boston High School Scholarship Program.

For the first time, recently inaugurated Boston University President Robert Brown will host the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. in the School of Management auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be guest speaker.

A vivid symbol of the university’s commitment to the city, the Boston High School Scholarship Program was established in 1973 to enhance educational opportunities for top graduates of the city’s public high school system. More than half of the program’s alumni still live and work in the region. This year’s scholarships represent nearly $5.4 million over the next four years and bring the total to $114.2 million awarded to 1,643 students.

Scholarship candidates are nominated by their school’s headmasters and guidance counselors, then selected by a committee of representatives from the university’s Office of Admissions, the Boston Public Schools, and the Mayor’s office.

After a weekend of “outward bound” team-building activities in New Hampshire June 16-18, the new scholars undergo an intensive, week-long academic orientation program on campus. The award ceremony Monday evening is followed by a reception for the scholars and their families. All events are open to the media.

2006 Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony

Monday, June 19, 2005

7 p.m.

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