WASHINGTON D.C. – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES...

WASHINGTON D.C. – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

National launch of the New Horizons Scholars Program Transmitted Live in Washington via Satellite from Seattle In conjunction with The American College of Gastroenterology, Elected officials, Community leaders, and Key Educational VIP's


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ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year college during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M

WHERE:

Providence Hospital- Ross Auditorium

1150 Varnum St., N.E.

Washington, D.C 20017

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF) also Dr. Jeffers will be available for interviews.

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CONTACT:

Director of Public Relations

Curtis McCormick, 202-269-7021

or

Media Specialist

G.W. Meredith, 202-269-7384

or

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Adrienne Mason, 646-303-5578

WASHINGTON D.C. – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C