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May 11, 2009

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – In recognition of their academic achievements and contributions to their schools and communities, four students from Springfield and Holyoke schools were awarded full-tuition scholarships to attend Smith College beginning this fall.

The scholarships cover each recipient’s entire tuition for four years and are the centerpiece of the Smith Springfield-Holyoke Partnership, which strengthens ties between the college and the two Western Massachusetts cities. Smith offers four such scholarships each year.

Students are selected on the basis of their academic record and leadership potential. For 2009-2010, the scholarship is $37,510, an amount that will reflect any future tuition increases.

The recipients of the 2009 scholarships are Imani C. Hines, Sabis International Charter School; Elanya A. Lalikos, the High School of Science and Technology; Meghan L. Fitzgerald and Alyssa Na. Sweeney, both from Holyoke High School.

Imani C. Hines completed a number of accelerated courses at Sabis International Charter School in Springfield. President of the National Honor Society, she has also been involved in Model United Nations and the Massachusetts YMCA Youth and Government program. Her guidance counselor called her a “born leader.” Hines’ older sister, Mary, graduated from Smith in 2007.

Elanya A. Lalikos is valedictorian of her class at High School of Science and Technology in Springfield. For the past 11 years, Lalikos has studied Kung Fu and is now a second-degree black belt. Involved in her community, Lalikos is also active in her church. Her college recommendations describe Lalikos as “brilliant,” “ambitious,” “disciplined” and “delightful.”

Meghan L. Fitzgerald has challenged herself at Holyoke High School and serves as one of the senior captains of the school’s field hockey team. Committed to community service, Fitzgerald excels at balancing rigorous academics and many out-of-class commitments. Teachers describe Fitzgerald as “a person of character.” Her mother is also a Smith alumna.

Alyssa N. Sweeney is an active student at Holyoke High School. She serves as captain of both the indoor and outdoor track teams and a volunteer for Special Olympics. Selected to participate in Massachusetts Girls’ State last year, she has a strong interest in history, government and law. “Academically, Alyssa shines,” according to her college recommendation.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.


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