By Mayor Martin Walsh
Earlier this month, I was excited to announce this year’s City of Boston Scholars with my Education Cabinet and the City’s Scholarship Committee. We recognized 35 students from our high schools and neighborhoods, and welcomed back 70 returning Scholars. This year, the City’s annual scholarship process administered $250,000 in total: awarding $2,500 to each Scholar. It’s wonderful that we’re able to give our students this gift—to help give them a strong start in their college careers, and to continue their education.
As Mayor, I am so impressed by our Scholars’ commitment to their education and their contributions to their communities. I’m thrilled that many of these students have decided to continue their education in and around the City of Boston. Over half of the Scholars are going on to attend great schools like Boston University, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts.
The fact that so many talented students have chosen to pursue their degrees here in Boston and Massachusetts speaks to our high reputation for offering some of the best universities and colleges in the entire world. Over the years, we’ve seen so many of our city’s students go on to do incredible things with their talents, and they have made their home city so proud.
Exciting futures are ahead for all of our Scholars. But the future also brings challenges. College affordability is a mounting concern here in Boston, Massachusetts, and the entire country. The cost of college tuition has increased by 45 percent in the last decade—a price rising faster than nearly any other good or service in America. And as America’s biggest college town, we certainly feel the pinch.
That’s why, over the next few months, my Education Cabinet and the City’s Scholarship Committee will work with local students, educators, high education officials, and college access experts to identify ways to solve this problem. I am committed to ensuring that all Boston students find an affordable way to reach—and complete—a postsecondary education. I look forward to exploring ways to make this a reality.
Making college affordable is one important way we can repay our students for all of their hard work and achievements, and help them follow their dreams. To all of our Scholars, past and present: I want to say congratulations, again. Your entire city is proud of you. Never stop learning and contributing your talents to the community. If you stay true to the values that got you this far, you will show the world the best that Boston has to offer.
Esteban Enqiue, Roxbury Latin, East Boston
Harmony Chen, Boston Latin Academy, Charlestown
Sabrina Marzouki, Boston Latin Academy, Allston
Anna Gallagher, Boston Latin Academy, Allston
Kiana Newton, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Dorchester
Kailey Tse-Harlow, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Chinatown
Nicole Frangolini, East Boston High School, East Boston
Samantha O’Brien, John D. O’Bryant High School, East Boston
Karina Ferzoco, Boston Latin School, Roslindale
Ghistla Williams Bly, Boston Latin Academy, Mission Hill
Giovanni Souto, City on a Hill, South End
Franklin Ortiz, South End
Jacqueline Perez, Josiah Quincy Upper School, North End
Sela Winder, Boston Community Leadership Academy
Kiara Person, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Dorchester
Alan Tanner, Boston Green Academy, Roxbury
Kevin Hua, John D. O’Bryant High School, Dorchester
Tam Hong, Boston Latin School, West Roxbury
Venezia Monteiro, Boston International High School, Dorchester
Lisa Pham, Boston Latin Academy, Dorchester
Jessica Fok, Boston Latin Academy, Mission Hill
Perla Guerrero, New Mission High School, Dorchester
Taisa Baptista Lima, Brighton High School, Dorchester
Khadija Ibrahim, South Boston
Denicio Campozano-Hill, Cathedral High School, Jamaica Plain
Casmire Kostigan, Boston Latin School, Dorchester
Ivanilde Semedo, Boston International High School, Dorchester
Tiffany Zheng, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Roxbury
Daniel Marifiote, East Boston High School, East Boston
Yazmine Navarro, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Mission Hill
Carlos Acevedo, Fenway High School, Jamaica Plain