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CBS Boston / WBZ: 2 Boston High School Students Surprised With Full College Scholarships

The Boston Herald: Two BPS students awarded full-ride scholarships

Boston 25 News: Boston seniors get college scholarship surprise

7 News Boston: 2 Boston-area high school students surprised with full college scholarships

Dorchester Reporter: Surprise! Two city kids earn full college scholarships


Regis College joined Boston Scholar Athletes to surprise high school senior Ann Merullo with a full, four-year scholarship. Merullo is a Zone member of the Scholar Athletes program at Boston Latin Academy. The Charlestown native plans to study nursing at Regis and is described by her advisor as ambitious, trustworthy and a leader.

“We’re excited to welcome Ann to the Regis Pride. We admire her hard work and dedication and look forward to watching this talented young woman pursue her degree in nursing,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “The Scholar Athletes program remains a consistent force in providing Boston area students with the chance to succeed in college.”

“I did not think I was going to be able to afford college,” said Merullo. “This is amazing and probably the biggest thing that ever happened to me, so I’m really grateful.”

Scholar Athletes, the non-profit that facilitated the scholarships, has 24 high school Zones across Massachusetts staffed with full-time program staff who work with student athletes on academics, college planning, and health and wellness. Each year, Scholar Athletes nominates student Zone members to receive the scholarships from partner colleges and universities. Since its inception in 2009, the organization has facilitated more than $4.2 million in college scholarships for Zone members.

“These young women have worked incredibly hard and are so deserving of this honor,” said Daphne Griffin, Scholar Athletes executive director. “They both have earned this in their own right and we look forward to hearing about their future success.”

Zone members applied for the scholarships and were recommended by Scholar Athletes based on academic performance, Zone participation, and financial need.