- The Washington Times - Friday, April 8, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

For nine high school seniors at five D.C. public schools, yesterday was the beginning of their post-secondary education. And it won’t cost them a thing.

George Washington University awarded full, four-year scholarships to the students, who learned of their good fortune in surprise announcements at their schools.

For 16 years, the university in Foggy Bottom has given the grants to deserving high school students in the District. This year’s winners are Francesca Fisher, Christopher Stallworth and Thao Anh Tran of Banneker High School; Sada Fassil of Bell Multicultural; Charles Conway of Eastern; Marta Genovez and Mindi Schools of Roosevelt; and Tiffany Edlin and Carmen Montopoli of the Schools Without Walls.

The Stephen Joel Trachtenberg scholarships are worth more than $190,000 each, the school said.

?What better way to give back to this community we call home than investing in its youth?? said Mr. Trachtenberg, president of GW since 1988. ?We look forward to this day each year because it represents the intellectual and moral bond between a university and its city.?

GW selects the students based on class rank, grade-point average, SAT scores, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service and other extracurricular activities.

The winners must meet GW’s academic progress standards for the scholarships to be renewed each year.

The program has provided 87 students from D.C. public schools with the four-year grants that cover tuition, room and board, books and fees.

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