Seven of Boston’s top stu­dents will attend Northeastern

BOSTON – June 26, 2008 – North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is proud to wel­come seven vale­dic­to­rians from the Boston Public Schools Class of 2008. Out of 38 vale­dic­to­rians that grad­u­ated from a Boston Public School, seven – more than any other col­lege or uni­ver­sity – have chosen to attend North­eastern Uni­ver­sity as mem­bers of the 111th entering class. The new stu­dents will be pur­suing degrees in a variety of dis­ci­plines, including marine sci­ence, engi­neering and busi­ness administration.

Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to the City of Boston and its res­i­dents is exem­pli­fied by the number of schol­ar­ships and grants awarded to Boston Public School seniors each year, including the awards given to this group of valedictorians.

Below is a listing of the stu­dents and what high school they grad­u­ated from at the top of their class:

  • Thao Nguyen from Excel Academy in South Boston
  • Miinh Thach from Edward G. Noonan, Jr. Business Academy in Dorchester
  • Keaboka Nyumbu from Odyssey High School in South Boston
  • Rochelle Willis from the Engineering School in Dorchester
  • Chioma Nwaoha from English High School in Dorchester
  • Carmen Lydia Torres from Monument High School in South Boston
  • Arlina Aguasvivas from Brook Farm Business and Service Academy in Jamaica Plain

We are hon­ored that these excep­tional stu­dents have chosen to attend North­eastern, and we wel­come them into the North­eastern com­mu­nity,” said Ronne Patrick Turner, Northeastern’s Dean of Admis­sions and New Stu­dent & Family Ser­vices. “We are com­mitted to pro­viding oppor­tu­ni­ties for the res­i­dents of Boston, and we look for­ward to bringing these and all of our stu­dents the unique expe­ri­ences North­eastern pro­vides both in and out of the classroom.”

In this entering class, fifty four stu­dents from the Boston Public School system will attend North­eastern on a full schol­ar­ship or grant. More than 25 stu­dents are receiving our most pres­ti­gious awards, which include The Carl S. Ell, The Ralph J. Bunche, The Reggie Lewis, The Torch Schol­ar­ship and the Boston Public High School Schol­ar­ships. Addi­tion­ally, stu­dents are receiving the Boston Housing Authority Schol­ar­ship, the Ujima Schol­ar­ship Grant and the Bal­four Academy Scholarship.

For more infor­ma­tion about Northeastern’s incoming class, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world.The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.