Somerville students starting college in September earned $926,388 in scholarship money for their college education, school officials announced this week.

This figure includes $761,708, the assessed value of four, full-year merit scholarships to Tufts University, Yale University, Hamilton College, and Union College awarded to Somerville High School students Deepika Bhargo, Cvetiva Popa, Mahima Kharki, and Kathleen Portillo respectively.

The remaining $164,680 in scholarship funds includes a $10,000 Coca-Cola Scholar award given to Cvetiva Popa, and the Steven Phillips Scholarship, valued at $32,000, given to Ritesh Adkhikari who will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Fall.

Nearly 160 local memorial scholarships and book awards given to 79 graduating seniors make up the

remaining $122,680 supporting young adults from Somerville in achieving their college goals.

“The Class of 2010 earned an extraordinary amount of scholarship support due to their outstanding academic, athletic, artistic, and civic accomplishments throughout their school careers,” says Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi. “I am grateful for the incredible generosity of the local community, particularly the Somerville High School Scholarship Foundation, which has rewarded these achievements and helped our graduates realize their college aspirations.”


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