June 29, 2017
Sixty-five Boston public high school graduates will attend Boston University on scholarship this fall. Of those, 15 students are from Dorchester.Joe Bui, Raymond Chu, Hana Do, Nikkolette Gerald, Annie Lin, Linh Nguyen, Amanda O’Connor, Sang Phan, Karan Smith, Molly Griffin, Thuy Le, Jonah Nguyen, Marina Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, and Melissa Uditnarain were the Dorchester students honored by the university in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 13.
“I like to think Boston University and the city of Boston are mutually supporting,” Boston University President Robert Brown said in a university statement. “We want the city we call home to succeed and prosper, and we want students from Boston to enjoy the benefit of a world-class Boston University education.”
Five of the Dorchester students set to attend BU—Raymond Chu, Nikkolette Gerald, Linh Nguyen, Molly Griffin, and Melissa Uditnarain—are Thomas M. Menino Scholars. Each of them will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, which required nomination by their high school principals or guidance counselors.
The other high school graduates will receive Community Service Award grants from Boston University that “fully fund their calculated financial need without loans,” the statement said. The students will be required to complete 25 semesterly hours of community service after their first semester.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Brown and the 65 admitted students in the university ceremony to congratulate the students and praise BU for its work in “making college accessible.”
“I have no doubt that each and every scholar will go on to accomplish great things for our community and our world,” Walsh said in the statement.