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May 12, 2008

Springfield Pair Awarded Full Scholarships to Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—In recognition of their academic achievements and contributions to their schools and communities, two students from Springfield’s public schools were awarded scholarships to attend Smith College beginning this fall as part of the college’s Springfield Partnership.

The recipients of the 2008 Springfield Partnership scholarships are Xela Rachel Shultis, from the High School of Commerce; and Jaharra Gabrielle Lawson, from the Sabis International Charter School. Both students have enrolled to attend Smith.

The full-tuition scholarships, which will cover each recipient’s entire tuition for four years, are the centerpiece of the partnership between Smith and Springfield. Now celebrating its ninth year, the successful program is expanding to include the City of Holyoke.

Xela Rachel Shultis has a deep interest in art and has enrolled in a variety of art courses through the Quadrangle Museums where she also volunteers in the Art Discovery Center. As a senior student at the High School of Commerce, Shultis served as captain of the varsity women’s soccer team and was involved in the YMCA Youth and Government Program.

Jaharra Gabrielle Lawson balanced a rigorous academic schedule at Sabis International Charter School with community service. She also served as captain of the varsity women’s cross-country team, editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and tutored peers for the MCAS tests. Last semester, Lawson attended Smith’s Women of Distinction program, a selective program in which prospective high school seniors spend a weekend at Smith.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. By linking the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, Smith is developing leaders for society’s challenges. Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country, enrolling 2,600 students from nearly every state and 61 other countries.


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