Boston University Awards Full-Tuition Medeiros Scholarships to 12 Archdiocesan High School Graduates

Contact: Stacy Roberts, 617/358-1688,

(Boston) — Boston University (BU) awarded twelve students among the graduating seniors of the parochial high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston four-year, full-tuition scholarships through the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program at a May 22 ceremony at BU’s George Sherman Union.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Provost Jean Morrison presented the students with their scholarships, cumulatively valued at over $2 million. Medeiros Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to their schools and communities. The scholars were selected by a two-person committee composed of representatives from BU Admissions and the Archdiocese of Boston.

By the time these students graduate, the university will have enrolled a total of 374 scholars since the program’s inception in 1986, representing a contribution of over $40 million from Boston University to the Greater Boston area and the students of the Archdiocese.

The Medeiros Scholars are:*
• Michelle Abou-Raad, Central Catholic High School
• Sarah Blackwell, Academy of Notre Dame
• Brenton Bockus, St. John’s Prep
• Jennifer Collins, Bishop Fenwick
• Ryan Gelly, Boston College High School
• Christopher Laffey, Arlington Catholic High School
• James Lynch, Xaverian Brothers High School
• Thomas V. McTigue IV, Boston College High School
• Varsha Muralidhar, Academy of Notre Dame
• Alexander O’Donovan, Malden Catholic High School
• Joseph O’Keefe, Malden Catholic High School
• Luke Walsh, Xaverian Brothers High School

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 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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