Boston University Awards Over $5.2 million in full scholarships as Unique Program Nears $130M Mark
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(Boston) — Boston University’s Boston High School Scholarship Program — America’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students — has presented 20 recent graduates of Boston public high schools a total of more than $5.2 million worth of four-year, full-tuition scholarships.
Since being created in 1973 by then President John Silber, the program has awarded nearly $130 million in scholarships to 1,739 students.
Boston University Provost David Campbell was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at ceremonies Wednesday (6/17/09) honoring the 20 new scholars who have a combined GPA of 3.8, and were ranked overall in the top 2 percent of their class.
This year’s scholars shared an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire and are spending this week on the BU campus in an orientation program that includes lectures, labs, and receiving housing assignments.
Also recognized was the inaugural class of 76 incoming freshman earning Boston High Community Service Awards, a new component of the program. Developed by BU President Robert Brown, it offers all Boston public high school graduates, who earn BU admission, a guarantee to cover their full demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, or other forms of financial assistance without having to take out loans.
The total financial commitment for the 96 new students for the coming academic year is $3.5 million. This brings to more than $7 million the combined value of Boston University awards to roughly 193 Boston public high school students now enrolled as undergraduates.
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.
As 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 Catholic Archdiocesan schools, and children of Boston and Brookline firefighters killed in the line of duty.
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.