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(Boston) — America’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students, the Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, has presented 21 recent graduates of Boston public high schools a total of more than $3.3 million worth of four-year, full-tuition scholarships. Since being created in 1973 by then President John Silber, the program has awarded more than $132 million in scholarships to 1,759 students.

Boston University President Robert Brown was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at ceremonies Wednesday (6/16/09) honoring the 21 new scholars who will share an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire before spending next week on the BU campus in an orientation program that includes lectures, labs, and receiving housing assignments.

Also recognized were 73 incoming freshman earning Boston High Community Service Awards, which offers any Boston public high school graduate who earns BU admission a guarantee to cover their full demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, or other forms of financial assistance without needing to take out loans.

“We are delighted to welcome these Boston Scholars and Community Service Award recipients to our campus,” said Brown. “They all are outstanding students who offer great promise for the future, and their presence here symbolizes the strong and enduring relationship Boston University has with the City of Boston.”

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.

“The Boston Public High School Scholarship Program represents the type of sustained partnerships we need to ensure that every child reaches their full potential,” said Menino. “The recipients have worked hard and deserve this incredible opportunity. I applaud their dedication and wish them the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

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.