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Last updated: 12/18/17

City of Boston scholarship fund

Through the fund, we award college students $10,000 over four years to help pay for school.

NEW APPLICATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Our students are the foundation of Boston’s future. By investing in them and ensuring that they obtain college degrees, we invest in the future of our City.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Interested in applying? The application for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on February 1, 2018.

Still have questions?

If you have questions about the fund, or are interested in making a donation, please contact us at COBscholarship@boston.gov.

Requirements

City of Boston residency

To apply for the scholarship, you must be a Boston resident. You also need to have graduated from high school, or have completed a G.E.D. programming, by the time we hand out the awards.

School requirements

The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in any major. You must be planning to attend — or are currently attending — a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution in Massachusetts.

Learn more about the process

PREPARE TO APPLY

Before applying, you should be prepared to give us:

  • a copy of your transcript
  • a personal statement
  • one recommendation form from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community member
  • your Student Aid Report, and
  • your Student Award Letter from your college or university.
Length of scholarship

This is a four-year scholarship. You will remain eligible for all four years as long as you remain in good academic standing with your school and you still demonstrate financial need. 

Selection process

After reviewing your application, we will invite a group of semifinalists for an in-person interview in mid-May at the Bolling Building (2300 Washington St., Roxbury). 

We anticipate notifying selected applicants by the end of May.

NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS

Last year, we received more than 400 applications for the City of Boston Scholarship. We usually award about 30 students each year. 

AWARD AMOUNT

We award recipients $10,000 over the course of four years ($2,500 for each year). 

City of Boston Scholarship Committee

The committee makes the final decision on who is awarded scholarships. For the last 20 years, we’ve given more than 2,000 residents the financial support to further their education.

Scholarship funding

The fund relies on generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations. Want to donate to the fund? Please contact us at COBscholarship@boston.gov. You can also send a check for the "City of Boston Scholarship Fund" to the address below:

City of Boston Scholarship Fund
Attn: Cathy Downey
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square, Room 608
Boston MA 02201

About the program

Mayor Walsh’s Education Cabinet tackles some of the City’s biggest challenges. This includes closing opportunity gaps in early childhood, along with the college affordability gap.

Cost of education rising

Boston has been, since its early days, a city of higher education. However, the cost of college tuition has increased by 45% in the last decade. That price is rising faster than nearly any other good or service in America.

Finding solutions

Mayor Walsh is committed ensuring that all Boston students find an affordable way to reach — and complete — a postsecondary education. The Education Cabinet is committed to work on his behalf to identify ways to solve this problem.

Meet our 2017-2018 scholars

  • Aisha Revolus, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • An Nguyen, Bridgewater State University
  • Ana Acevedo Soto, College of the Holy Cross
  • Angel Wilder, Bridgewater State University
  • Angelica Castillo, Boston University
  • Caitlyn Undag, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Chrissanthi Boutalis, Northeastern University
  • Cindy Nguyen, Northeastern University
  • Danes Mathew, Tufts University
  • David Izzo, Bentley University
  • Edmilson Ianick Rodri Pires, Boston College
  • Elise Santiago, Salem State University
  • Hana Do, Boston University
  • Ife Asere, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Isaiah Emma, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
  • J'Saun Bastien, Boston College
  • Kelly Dao, Boston University
  • Kyon Griffith-Daniels, Worcester State University
  • Lamier Anthony, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Lantharra Langlois, Brandeis University
  • Lixia Xu, Suffolk University
  • Madison Wilson, Emerson College
  • Melchior Lynch, Fitchburg State University
  • Precious Clinton, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Priscila Perez, Northeastern University
  • Rosalyna Felix, Stonehill College
  • Sacdio Ali, Tufts University
  • Saran Inniss, Wellesley College
  • Selomith Sanchez, Suffolk University
  • Shannon Rose, Lesley University
  • Sophia SaPonte, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Terry Moy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Toiell Washington, Salem State University
  • Wendy Laracuente, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda, Emmanuel College
By the numbers
  • Thirty-one percent of our scholars were born outside of the United States.
  • Forty-nine percent are the first in their family to attend college.
  • There are 19 different ethnicities represented, with 89 percent of our students identified as people of color.
  • Eighty percent of our scholars also went to Boston Public Schools.

We have more information in our press release on the announcement.

Meet our scholars student graphic