Annenberg Scholarship Winner Will Attend BC
ByLydia Ducharme, a student from Hazen Union School in Hardwick, Vt., and a member of the incoming Boston College freshman class, has been named one of five recipients of the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship, an all-expense scholarship given annually to five exceptional students from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston and rural Vermont who have overcome challenges to excel in school.
The top-ranked student in her class, Ducharme hopes to study chemistry or mathematics when she arrives at Boston College this coming fall.
Ducharme said that winning the Annenberg Scholarship meant that she was free to choose a school that she wanted to attend, instead of one that she needed to attend because of cost.
“Boston College had been on the top of my list for a long time because of the reputation BC has for being academically challenging,” said Ducharme. “But it was my tour and visit to the campus that sold me. I had a wonderful discussion with a group of freshman and sophomores who really put a lot of my worries about living in the city to rest. Their testimonies convinced me that what I was reading about BC wasn’t simply too good to be true. After I left that day, I knew that BC was where I needed to be.”
Now in its second year, the Annenberg Scholarship, directed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has become one of the most coveted academic scholarships in the United States. The scholarship is named for the late Leonore Annenberg, co-founder of the center, a philanthropist and former chief of protocol for the United States.
“These awards provide opportunities for educational advancement to beneficiaries whose contributions will strengthen American cultural life and enrich our democracy, while serving as a constant reminder of Leonore Annenberg’s generosity and high standards,” said program director Gail Levin.
Ducharme says she is looking forward to Boston College and to the opportunities that await her.
“I can’t wait to come to BC, to live in Boston, watch the games and have class with students who want to learn and are excited about being there,” said Ducharme. “The standards BC sets not only academically but also in community service excite me. I want to be apart of that culture and become the best student and citizen I can be, and I know that if I went to any other school, I wouldn’t have as rich of an experience.”