Boston U’s HS Scholars Program
Boston University has officially marked the 30th anniversary of the nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students. With the $5.4 million in four-year, full-tuition scholarships awarded tonight, the Boston High Scholars Program has given more than $94 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students since 1973.
Chancellor John Silber—who created the unrivaled program as University president—was joined by Provost Dennis Berkey and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in honoring the 48 new scholars who represent 14 of the city’s 19 public high schools. The students, who just completed an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire, are spending this week on the BU campus in an intensive orientation program that included lectures, labs and getting dormitory assignments.
The Boston High Scholars Program is part of Boston University’s $2.6 billion annual economic impact in the region, and 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 and Roxbury Community Colleges, graduates of nearby Brookline and Chelsea high schools, graduates of local Archdiocesan schools, and children of Boston and Brookline firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Boston High Scholars are nominated by their school’s headmasters and chosen by a three-member committee of representatives from the Mayor’s office, the University’s Office of Admissions, and the Boston Public Schools. Meeting the requirements of at least a 3.0 high school grade point average, a top 10-percent ranking in their class and a combined SAT score of at least 1,100, this year’s 48 scholars have a combined GPA of 3.59 and were ranked in the top five percent of their class.#
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