Archdiocesan High School Grads Receive Medeiros Scholarships from Boston University

in News Releases, University Affairs
June 15th, 2006

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

(Boston) — Fourteen students from Boston-area Archdiocesan high schools received four-year, full-tuition Cardinal Medeiros scholarships to Boston University at ceremonies held on May 19 at Metcalf Hall. His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Boston University President Robert A. Brown presented the students with their scholarships.

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 BU’s 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, recently honored students will receive scholarships valued at over $1.8 million. By the time these students graduate, the university will have enrolled a total of 311 scholars, representing a contribution of more than $28 million from Boston University to students of Archdiocesan high schools.

This year’s scholarship winners are ranked in the top two percent of their respective graduating classes, and include three valedictorians and one salutatorian. In addition, the scholars have a mean grade point average of 3.9 and a mean combined SAT score of 1380 on Critical Reading & Math, and a 700 on the Writing portion. 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. One recipient is a junior Olympic volleyball player, while another is a mock trial team captain. Many scholars also volunteer in community service programs such as organizing a Hurricane Katrina fund raiser and participating in an Appalachian Service Project.

Humberto Sousa Cardinal Medeiros was appointed Archbishop of Boston in September 1970, and less than three years later, he was named a cardinal. A native of the Azores, he emigrated as a child with his family to Fall River, Mass. While serving as Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, Medeiros’ work on behalf of migrant workers came to the attention of former BU President and native Texan John Silber, who became well acquainted with the cardinal during their mutual spans as leaders of Boston institutions. Soon after Cardinal Medeiros died in 1983, Silber recommended to the BU Trustees that the scholarship program be named in the late cardinal’s honor. Medeiros received an honorary degree from Boston University in 1982.

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