Trustee Scholarship 2024

Every year, around 20 outstanding students are admitted to BU’s Trustee Scholars Program. Many of our current Scholars graduated from high school with perfect 4.0 grade point averages and were at the top of their class.

Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous, with perspectives, experiences, or accomplishments that go above and beyond the norm. In other words, they are not only outstanding students, but also exceptionally well-rounded personalities. Trustee Scholars at BU become part of a distinct campus community that provides numerous intellectual, cultural, and social possibilities.

A Trustee Scholarship pays full undergraduate tuition plus mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years if specific criteria are met.


To be considered for a Trustee Scholarship:

  • 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.

The Trustee Scholarship Essay:

Please choose from one of the two prompts below and submit one essay, in 600 words or less, as part of your application through the Common Application.

  1. Nobel laureate and BU professor Elie Wiesel once said: “There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests.” Is there a book, film, podcast or life- experience that has made you feel more connected to your personal history/identity, and what is the most important thing you learned from it?
  2. 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?
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