Scholarship Overview

The Boston University Trustee Scholars Program awards approximately 20 scholarships to outstanding students every year. The scholarship is based excellent academic performances of the awardees from their previous schools who had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school and ranked in the top of their class.

In addition to exceptional academic credentials, Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences, or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinarily well-rounded individuals. At BU, Trustee Scholars become part of a unique campus community that offers many intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities. The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus mandatory undergraduate student fees, and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met.

Brief information about Boston University:

Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but has a historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1839 by Methodists with its original campus in Newbury, Vermont, before moving to Boston in 1867.

The university now has more than 4,000 faculty members and nearly 34,000 students, and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on three urban campuses.

Host Institution(s):

The host institution is Boston University, USA.


Any undergraduate program at Boston University.

Scholarship Value:

The scholarship value includes;

  • Full tuition fees
  • Any other mandatory fees


The eligible requirements include;

  • Applicant should have excellent academic records and be among the top in his/her class
  • Both local student and foreign students are eligible for the Boston University Trustee Scholars Program
  • Applicant should have applied to study an undergraduate program at Boston University
  • Applicant should have SAT and ACT scores
  • Applicant should present an essay from one of the two prompts;
    • Howard Thurman, who was the dean of BU’s Marsh Chapel from 1953-1965, once wrote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Can you describe a particular experience you have had or an activity that you participate in that makes you come alive? How would you try to integrate that experience or activity into your time at BU?
    • Describe a time when you felt out of your comfort zone or marginalized in a situation. How did you respond to that moment and how has it informed your actions moving forward?

Application Instructions:

  • Submit the Common Application and all required materials for admission to one of the undergraduate degree programs at BU by December 1.
  • Complete the Trustee Scholarship essay on the Common Application as part of your application to BU.

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