Boston University Expands Scholarship Program for Boston Public School Graduates

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(Boston) – Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston University President Robert A. Brown today announced that Boston University is expanding its program for providing scholarships to graduates of Boston Public Schools.

Under an amendment to Boston University’s 1980 cooperation agreement with the City of Boston that was signed today, BU will award 20–25 full-tuition academic scholarships each year to qualified Boston residents graduating from Boston Public Schools. This merit program is a continuation of the Boston Scholars Program that has been in place since 1973, through which 1,719 graduates of the Boston Public Schools have received nearly $126 million in scholarships from Boston University.

In addition, BU will dramatically expand need-based awards for Boston residents who graduate from Boston Public Schools and are admitted to the university. Boston University will meet these students’ eligibility for need-based assistance in its entirety without reliance on loans. Students qualifying for this need-based assistance will be expected, based on Mayor Menino’s recommendation, to provide some form of community service during their time at BU, as a condition of the award.

“Working with the Mayor, we are very pleased to be able to meet the full financial need of graduates from the Boston Public Schools without having them rely on loans,” said Brown. “By replacing loans with grants, this new program will give access to Boston University to a greater number of deserving students from Boston’s public schools.”

Mayor Menino said, “I know many parents—and guidance counselors—will recognize that Boston University is creating more opportunities for Boston Public School graduates to get a first-class education right here in Boston, with minimal financial burden. I’m very grateful to President Brown for making this commitment to the city.”

Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson commented, “I know our guidance counselors will embrace this opportunity for our graduates with enthusiasm. I am especially pleased that it broadens the range of options for students, including those students in our district high schools who would love to attend Boston University.”

Superintendent Johnson noted that BPS guidance staff would be working with Boston University admissions staff to discuss plans for this coming year’s Boston Scholars program. “We’re always delighted to have more options for our students,” she said.

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 consists of 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.