Somerville, MA – Somerville High School continued its upward trajectory in student achievement as graduating
seniors from the Class of 2014 set a new standard by earning more than $3 million in college scholarship awards. The $3,025,318 scholarship award total for 2014 nearly doubles last year’s award total of more than $1.7 million. Individual scholarship award amounts ranged from $100 to $254,576, including 11 awards of at least $100,000. Seven students received scholarship awards of $200,000 or more.
“This is an outstanding achievement by our Class of 2014, faculty, and staff, and a clear indication that Somerville High School students are well-prepared and eager to make their marks in their chosen fields,” commented Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi. “We often talk about our commitment to the ‘whole student’ and to providing every student that comes through our doors with the best opportunity to reach their potential. These scholarship awards are evidence that Somerville High students are well-rounded, dedicated, highly academically skilled, and ready to make an impact in their communities. It’s also important to note that the more than $3 million in scholarship awards represents only a portion of the final financial assistance that Somerville High 2014 graduates will ultimately receive to support their continuing education.”
Of Somerville High School’s 277 graduates, 116 students earned at least one of the 236 scholarships awarded this year, an average award amount of more than $26,000. Several students received multiple awards. Among the scholarships earned by 2014 SHS graduates were 18 John and Abigail Adams scholarships totaling $122,188, three Posse Scholarships totaling $664,000, two Doris York Scholarships totaling $498,976, and 20 Somerville High School Foundation Scholarships totaling $40,000. The following students were awarded individual 4-year scholarship awards of $200,000 or more:
• $254,576 Doris York Scholarship: Thanh Nguyen, Boston University
• $253,184 Gates Millenium Scholarship: Kevin Ma, Boston College
• $248,000 Tufts University Scholarship: Melissa Baptista
• $244,400 Doris York Scholarship: Joytika Bhargo, Tufts University
• $240,000 Posse Scholarship: Anthony Scrima, Bucknell University
• $224,000 Posse Scholarship: Diego Aldana, Bucknell University
• $200,000 Posse Scholarship: Yuying Guo, Bryn Mawr College
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the Somerville High School community is the opportunity to work with an incredibly diverse student population. In Somerville, you get a true sense of how connected we all are,” stated SHS Headmaster, John Oteri. “Every day, I am reminded of the wealth of knowledge and experiences that our students bring from all around the world, as well as the many challenges that many of them face. I am equally aware of the depth of commitment and perseverance that our students have to improving their lives and their communities. These awards are a reflection not only of our students’ commitment to strengthening their own futures, but to our community’s dedication to our youth and our future leaders.”
“Our students earned these awards through hard work, dedication to their studies and with the support of our equally dedicated and hardworking teachers and school administrators,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “I am proud of both our students and our educators for this significant achievement. Somerville High School graduates embody the values of our city—diversity, curiosity, persistence and commitment to community. Our city will be well-represented at some of the finest institutions of higher education by our students and I look forward to following their success in the future.”
Somerville High School graduates from the Class of 2014 will be attending a wide range of colleges and post-secondary programs including Berkeley College, Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell, Bryn Mawr, Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, UMass (Boston, Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell), Fitchburg State, Framingham, Regis, Rochester Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Rutgers University, and Columbia University, among many others.
Led by Somerville High School’s marked overall performance on the spring 2013 MCAS results, which included a 10% growth in the percentage of Grade 10 students scoring Proficient or Advanced in both ELA and Math, Somerville posted extraordinary student growth from 2012 to 2013, leading all Massachusetts urban school districts in Student Growth Percentile (SGP). Somerville High School made a 2-level leap on the state’s five-level Accountability scale, moving from a Level 3 to a Level 1 designation for the first time in the school’s history. Somerville High was also ranked as the 13th top ‘Dream School’ in Massachusetts earlier this year, based on a ranking system that takes into account MCAS growth in Math and English, school climate and school resources, college readiness, and diversity.