(Isabel Leon / City of Boston)
Boston University this week awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to 25 recent graduates from Boston Public high schools through an annual program renamed this year in honor of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The BU Boston High School Scholarship Program was renamed the Thomas M. Menino Scholarships this year, which is the program’s 40th year, officials said.
The university said in a statement that the scholarships awarded this year are valued at more than $4.3 million and that the program has awarded about $143 million in scholarships to 1,821 students since it was created in 1973 by then-BU President John Silber and then-Mayor Kevin White.
“Our scholarship program for graduates of Boston public high schools is offered in the spirit of community service that has been a part of the fabric of Boston University since our founding, and we are proud this year to name it in honor of Mayor Thomas Menino,” university President Robert Brown said in prepared remarks at a ceremony Wednesday night. “We do this in recognition of his tireless service to the people of Boston and his leadership in public education.”
Scholars are nominated by their school’s headmasters or guidance counselors and are chosen by a three-member committee of representatives from the Mayor’s office, the university’s Office of Admissions, and the Boston Public Schools system.
The 2013 class of new scholars 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 for the fall, officials said.
“It is so important for our young people to have access to higher education,” Menino said in prepared remarks. “Over the past 40 years, Boston University has given hundreds of our students the opportunity to attend a world-class university and pursue their dreams. This is an investment I know will pay off for years to come.”
Also recognized Wednesday night were 37 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.