More than 80 col­lege pres­i­dents, including sev­eral from Mass­a­chu­setts, gath­ered at a White House summit Thursday, each bearing promises about what they will do to increase access for low-​​income and minority students.

The meeting was part of an effort by Pres­i­dent Obama and Michelle Obama to push edu­ca­tors to address the lack of oppor­tu­nity for many young people who are short of money or prepa­ra­tion for college.

Pres­i­dent Obama sin­gled out Boston’s Bunker Hill Com­mu­nity Col­lege for pledging to help more incoming stu­dents catch up on their aca­d­e­mics the summer before freshman year. Bunker Hill said it would double the size of its inten­sive summer Eng­lish and math pro­gram to serve at least 900 stu­dents a year.

The pres­i­dents of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Smith Col­lege, Mount Holyoke Col­lege, and Amherst Col­lege also attended the summit.

Joseph Aoun, North­eastern pres­i­dent, said his uni­ver­sity has invested $7 mil­lion to fund 150 full-​​tuition schol­ar­ships in 2014 for Boston public school grad­u­ates from low-​​income fam­i­lies who live in neigh­bor­hoods sur­rounding the university’s main campus. That is 30 more schol­ar­ships than in 2013.

 

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