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(Boston) — The Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, the nation’s oldest and largest scholarship program for urban public high school students, has presented 16 recent graduates of Boston public high schools a total of more than $2.6 million worth of four-year, full-tuition scholarships. The program has awarded more than $135 million in scholarships to 1,775 students since being created in 1973 by then President John Silber.

Boston University President Robert Brown was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at ceremonies Tuesday night (6/21/09) honoring the 2011 class of new scholars who shared an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire before spending this week on the BU campus in an orientation program that includes lectures, labs, and receiving housing assignments.

Also recognized were 45 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.

“The scholarships we offer to graduates of Boston’s public high schools reflect Boston University’s enduring commitment to the City,” said Brown. “Through research and education we contribute to the vitality of the city and we also depend on the vitality of the city. We are delighted to host so many of Boston’s most promising students.”

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 nearly $3 billion annual economic impact in the region, the Boston High School Scholarship Program is 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.