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July 24, 2002
DH 02 TK046
Contact: Thomas Knox
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California State University, Dominguez Hills Gives Scholarships
To Compton Area Teenaged Mothers During Ceremony

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills, (CSUDH) will honor five minority teenagers with $1,000 scholarships during a special awards ceremony to be held in the Loker University Student Union on Thursday, July 25, beginning at 6 p.m. The young women are all students of the Chavez-Tubman High School in Compton and are graduates of the PartneRship of Women Emerging as Scientists and Scholars (PROWESS), a collaborative effort between Cal State Dominguez Hills and the Chavez-Tubman High School.

"PROWESS is an umbrella program that addresses disparities in the number of women pursuing careers in science and technology," according to Antonia (Toni) Boadi, full-time lecturer, computer science, at CSUDH and founder of the program. "Our program combines after school enrichment courses, faculty and peer mentoring with networking technology to provide a unique learning experience for these young women."

Boadi, a CSUDH alumna who received dual bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science and also earned master's degrees from USC in electrical engineering and computer engineering, received an initial $30,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to launch her program. Subsequently, CSUDH donated an $8,000 grant, which was supplemented by a $3,000 grant from the TRW Employee Charitable Organization (ECHO). "We have been extremely fortunate to receive monies from these organizations that believe in the value and impact that this program has on these young women and the larger communities that they represent," Boadi said. "This will help us reach our goal, which is to recruit and prepare high school students who will ultimately enroll into science and technology courses at CSUDH or our feeder community colleges."

Boadi said the program promises to impact local communities by closing the digital divide that historically separates low-income and minority students from the majority population. "The Information Age has unfortunately been out of reach for many in communities populated by minorities. This program advances President Lyons' dream to include the greater community in the successes of the university by exposing the students to technology that will help close that divide," Boadi said.

The five women receiving $1,000 scholarships for completing the computer training course of this program are Danielle Garrett, Edith Martinez, Jo' Queita Scott, Cherry Whalem and Mary Williams. President Lyons is expected to welcome the winners and encourage them to complete the next portion of the program by Dec. 31, 2002, which will make them eligible to receive another $1,000 award.


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