- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Five seniors at the University of Pennsylvania received awards worth up to $150,000 on Wednesday to carry out community service projects after they graduate.

The inaugural President’s Engagement Prizes recognize promising ventures that will affect thousands of lives, school officials said. A group of university trustees endowed the prizes, which will be given annually at the Ivy League school.

“Our community, our country and our world need driven, forward-thinking students like these tackling some of society’s most pressing issues,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said in a statement.

The winning projects were:

- Adrian Lievano of Miami and Matthew Lisle of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, will develop and implement a rainwater catchment and purification system in Kimana, Kenya.

- Jodi Feinberg of Springfield, New Jersey, will design, implement and evaluate a cardiac rehabilitation model for home use to serve as a bridge between inpatient and outpatient care.

- Shadrack Frimpong will establish the Tarkwa Breman Model School for Girls and Community Clinic in his home village of Tarkwa Breman, Ghana.

- Katlyn Grasso of Hamburg, New York, will further her work with GenHERation, an empowerment network for girls in U.S. high schools and middle schools.

Each recipient receives $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation.

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