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June 16, 2004

Three Springfield Students Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships To Attend Smith College

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

The full-tuition scholarships, which will cover each recipient's entire tuition for four years, are the centerpiece of the Smith/Springfield Partnership. Now in its fifth year, the partnership aims to strengthen ties between Smith and the state's third most populous city, which is located about 16 miles south of Northampton.

The recipients of the Springfield Partnership scholarships are Lizmarie López, who graduated this spring from Springfield's High School of Science and Technology, and Anielka Sanchez and Long-Chau Van, both graduates of the city's High School of Commerce. All three students have enrolled to attend Smith.
Sanchez and Van are the first students chosen from the High School of Commerce for the program.

López, who moved to Springfield from Puerto Rico with her family, has participated in a wide range of activities during her high school years. An avid musician, she played the saxophone in the concert and jazz bands at her school for four years. A member of the school's "As Schools Match Wits" team, López is a three-year member of her school's National Honors Society chapter and served as president her senior year. She was also recognized as a MassMutual Academic Achiever. López has been an active volunteer in her community, raising funds for UNICEF and the Key Club, all while holding a part-time job at a local restaurant and babysitting.

At Smith, López plans to study natural sciences and foreign languages in anticipation of a possible career in health-related fields. She is the daughter of Norma Iris Ortiz and Benjamin López.

Since immigrating to Springfield from her native Nicaragua in 1999, Sanchez has orchestrated an impressive transition to successful high school life, eventually mastering English, gaining recognition as a MassMutual Academic Achiever and a Renaissance Student of the Week and earning American Legion Scholastic Achievement honors. With particular interest in world affairs, Sanchez took part in her school's Key Club chapter and coordinated a school recycling program, while serving as vice president of her chapter of the National Honors Society. Sanchez was voted the most dedicated member of her track and field team and played on the soccer team.

At Smith, Sanchez plans to major in anthropology. She is the daughter of Catalina Luciano of Springfield.

Van, who settled in Springfield with her family after leaving Vietnam in 1992, has proven herself as a leader in her school, both academically and athletically, as well as in volunteer activities in her community. She served as vice president and secretary for her class' student government and was appointed captain of the volleyball and tennis teams. Actively involved in Springfield's Vietnamese community, Van received the Vietnamese Community Award of Excellence every year in high school. A member of her school's National Honor Society chapter, she was recognized as a MassMutual Academic Achiever and won a National Science Foundation Award of Excellence.

At Smith, Van is considering studying biology. She is the daughter of Phu Bat Van and the late Thu-Huong Thi Tran.

Scholarship recipients were selected by Smith admission officers, faculty members and administrators from among qualified applicants to the college.

The Springfield Partnership is one of a series of initiatives the college has undertaken to expand its ties to its urban neighbor. Undergraduate volunteers provide tutoring and life skills training at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center and in a number of Springfield middle and high schools. Also, Smith established a partnership with Springfield's K­5 Gerena Community School in 2003, in which students participate as interns, tutors and teaching assistants. Each year, 25 Gerena students are granted scholarships to attend the Smith Northampton Summer School Program.

Founded in 1875, Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation's best liberal arts colleges. Enrolling students from every state and 60 other countries, it is the largest undergraduate women's college in the United States.


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