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GW awards full scholarships to eight D.C. students

The University will award more than $1 million in full scholarships to eight D.C. public high school students as part of the GW Presidential 21st Century Scholars Program.

The 1999 Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship recipients will be announced at a press conference Tuesday in the University Club. The four-year academic scholarships are about $130,000 each and provide full tuition, room and board, books and fees for outstanding seniors.

Students are selected by class rank, grade point average, SAT scores, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service and other extracurricular activities.

The program, which began in 1989 to attract the city’s future leaders to remain in their hometown while receiving a private education, has invested more than $6 million in D.C. public schools, according to a University press release.

The press conference will he held at 12:45 p.m. on the third floor of the Marvin Center.

-Kathryn Maese

National Alcohol Screening Day to reach out to D.C. residents

The GW Community Counseling Services will educate D.C. area residents about the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse as part of the national Alcohol Screening Day April 8.

Participants in the alcohol screening will complete an anonymous written screening test for alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Mental health professionals will be available to discuss the results.

“We are hoping that this first-ever national Alcohol Screening Day will increase public understanding of alcohol abuse and alcoholism and the need to seek evaluation and treatment,” said Brian Peters, coordinator of the GW Community Counseling Services, in a press release.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 14 million Americans suffer from an alcohol-use disorder, such as alcohol abuse or dependence.

The screening will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room B15 of the GW Community Counseling Services at 2134 G St. Participants can contact Peters at 994-8465.

-Kathryn Maese

Four GW students participate in NASA program

Four GW students and one faculty adviser from the School of Engineering and Applied Science are participating in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Program in Houston.

The program, from March 15-27, is sponsored by NASA and administered by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. According to a University press release, undergraduate students who participate in the program can propose, design, fabricate, fly and assess a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice during an eight-month period.

GW’s “Team SWING,” which stands for Spin Welding in Numerous Gravities, will test its experiments on Johnson’s Space Center’s KC-135A reduced-gravity aircraft. The proposed experiment will test the weld characteristics of friction welded polymer materials bonded with microgravity.

The team members are Jon Roepke and Julia Sugg, mechanical engineering majors; Kristy McDonnell and Sergio Yanes, civil engineering majors; and Dr. Vahid Motevalli, a research associate professor of civil, mechanical and environmental engineering.

-Kathryn Maese

Elementary school students get a taste of college life at GW

GW’s D.C. Reads program will host “It’s Never Too Early to Think About College,” a daylong event for 45 local school children Saturday.

The program, intended to “spark interest in higher education,” according to a University press release, will include third-graders from Clark, La Salle, and Miner elementary schools.

About 30 GW students will participate in the event. The children will visit a classroom, use the computer lab, meet student athletes, watch a martial-arts presentation and tour a residence hall.

Last semester, about 200 GW students contributed 14,000 hours tutoring children at seven schools and community organizations in the city. The D.C. Reads program, a citywide effort that uses college work study students as tutors, began in 1997.

The event will last from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sean Kelly, D.C. Reads campus coordinator, at 994-4304.

-Kathryn Maese

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