Boston University Awards $5.4 Million in Full-Tuition Scholarships as Unparelleled Program Tops $114M Mark

in News Releases, University Affairs
June 20th, 2006

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(Boston) — The nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students tonight presented 40 recent graduates a total of $5.4 million worth of four-year, full-tuition scholarships. The BU Boston High School Scholarship Program has now given $114.2 million in scholarships to 1,642 students since 1973.

Newly inaugurated BU President Robert Brown was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at ceremonies honoring the new scholars who represent 12 of the city’s 30 eligible public high schools and include five class valedictorians. After an “upward bound” this past weekend in New Hampshire, the scholars are spending this week on the BU campus in an orientation program that includes lectures, labs, and receiving housing assignments.

“The Boston High School Scholars Program epitomizes BU’s long-standing commitment to the City of Boston. Boston University was founded as a private university with a commitment to the citizens of Boston,” Brown told the scholars. “This is an important continuation of that mission. We are very pleased to be able to offer these scholarships to some of the City’s most talented students and extremely proud to welcome the 40 new Scholars who will be joining us this fall as members of the Class of 2010.”

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. This year’s scholars have a combined SAT 1 score of 1,310 for reading-math and 640 for writing, a GPA of 3.7, and were ranked overall in the top six percent of their class.

“BU’s investment in these scholarships is an investment in the city’s leaders of the future,” Menino said at the ceremonies attended by families of the scholars and many of their teachers from the public high schools they attended.. “If I had all my universities (invest) like Boston University, it would make my job easy.”

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.

Among the honored young scholars Monday night was recent Boston Latin High School graduate Azra Borogovac, whose family immigrated from Bosnia in 1993. She was applauded in the audience by her two older brothers, Tarik and Mirza, who won BU Boston High scholarships in 1999 and 1996 respectively. “These scholarships from BU enabled our family, which came here with nothing, to work our way out of poverty,” said Tarik Borogovac, now a BU Ph.D. candidate in systems engineering.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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