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

Contact: Kevin Griffin, 617/353-2240,

(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 20 ceremony at BU’s George Sherman Union.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and University President Robert Brown presented the students with their scholarships, cumulatively valued at over $2.2 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 396 scholars, representing a contribution of over $44 million from Boston University to the greater Boston area and the students of the Archdiocese.

The Medeiros Scholars are:*

  • Carli F. DiMeo, St. Mary’s Jr-Sr High School
  • Grace M. Ferri, Austin Preparatory School
  • Eric D. Loehle, Bishop Fenwick High School
  • Richard J. McAllister, Archbishop Williams High School
  • Mary K. McCarthy, Academy of Notre Dame
  • Nicholas T. Neville, Archbishop Williams High School
  • Collette A. O’Connor, Fontbonne Academy
  • Sheila M. Orechia, Ursuline Academy
  • Rebekah Paxton, Academy of Notre Dame
  • David G. Souza, Saint John’s Preparatory School
  • Michael A. Tomaino, Catholic Memorial High School
  • Kimberly M. Tran, Pope John XXIII Central High School

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

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