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The Valedictorian Project


The Valedictorian Project partners with high-achieving students from urban high schools as they start their post-secondary journey.

In January 2019, the Boston Globe published a series called The Valdectorians Project. The series tracked Boston public high school valedictorians from the graduating classes of 2005 through 2007 and found that one in four did not complete a bachelor’s degree within six years of finishing high school.

In April 2020, The Valedictorian Project was founded to provide mentorship and guidance to 25 Boston Public School valedictorians.

The Rappaport Foundation has partnered with the Valedictorian Project to support these promising students by providing $5,000 stipends to those engaged in internships and summer programs that will further their academic and professional careers.

“The $5,000 stipend will provide TVP mentees the opportunity to participate in an internship that will further their academic and professional goals. This support is going to have a real positive impact on the lives of our mentees.”

Amy McDermott, Executive Director and Co-founder of The Valedictorian Project