May 17, 2002
Three Springfield Students
Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
to Attend Smith College
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Three high school
students from Springfield will enroll at Smith College in the
fall free of the annual requirement to pay tuition, thanks to
a full-tuition scholarship they have each received from the college.
The students, all seniors, were recently named recipients of
the Springfield Scholarship, the centerpiece of the Springfield
Partnership, a program started by Smith in 1999 to strengthen
its relationship with the state's third most populous city, the
largest urban area in western Massachusetts.
The Springfield Scholarship recipients are Alison M. Jacobs,
a senior at Springfield Central High School, and Cheerda Ly and
Adriana Piedad Rua, both from the High School of Science and
Technology. They will join four previous winners of the scholarship
The students were chosen on the basis of their academic achievements
and contributions to their schools and communities. Each will
receive the scholarship for each of her undergraduate years at
Smith. For 200203, the value of the scholarship is $25,780.
The scholarship amount will rise accordingly if tuition is increased.
Jacobs is the president of her school's chapter of the National
Science Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society
and vice president of the Sinai Temple youth group. She is the
art editor of Aerie, her high school's literary magazine, and
has served as a drama stage manager. She worked part-time as
a cashier at the Longmeadow Community Market.
Jacobs, the daughter of Ann M. Haggerty-Jacobs and Paul A. Jacobs,
is interested in studying biology and fine arts at Smith.
Ly, an honor student and member of the National Honor Society,
plays the clarinet in the high school band and plays soccer and
tennis. She has participated in the South East Asian Research
Coalition to Help (SEARCH), a mentoring program to assist Hmong
girls in the community in coping with cultural differences and
preparing for college. Ly has worked as a math tutor and a teacher
assistant for summer school students and has held a part-time
job at Baystate Medical Center.
Ly is the daughter of May Nou Yang and Yia Ly.
Rua is the vice president of her high school class and serves
as the public relations officer for the school's chapter of the
Key Club, an international community service organization. Rua
last year attended Upward Bound, a program that provides support
and academic opportunities to students preparing for college.
Rua is the daughter of Iris and Roberto Rua. She is interested
in studying engineering at Smith.
The Springfield Partnership is one in a series of initiatives
at the college intended to expand Smith's ties with the city.
The college's School for Social Work serves some 500 Springfield
students and families by placing interns in the city's schools,
workplaces and community centers. Undergraduate volunteers provide
tutoring and life skills training at the Martin Luther King,
Jr., Community Center and several of Springfield's public schools.
And through "Kids to College," admissions staff members
at Smith collaborate with Chestnut Middle School in presenting
to sixth-grade girls a program on careers and higher education.
Founded in 1875, Smith College is consistently ranked among the
nation's best liberal arts colleges. Enrolling students from
every state and 55 other countries, it is the largest undergraduate
women's college in the United States.