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Feb. 12, 2003
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Cal State Dominguez Hills President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr.
To Deliver Keynote Address for Scholarship Dinner

Non-profit foundation provides scholarships to "at risk" students

CARSON, Calif. - Dr. James E. Lyons Sr., president, California State University, Dominguez Hills, will deliver the keynote address at a fund-raising dinner for Project Reach on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, Lakewood. Project Reach is a non-profit foundation that helps "at risk" students succeed in college. The dinner is an annual event that is designed to raise funds for scholarships awarded to graduates of the Project Reach Scholarship Foundation.

WHO: Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills

WHAT: Keynote address for annual Project Reach dinner

WHERE: The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Ave., Lakewood CA 90712

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

"Several of our students who have graduated from Project Reach are pursuing their academic careers at Cal State Dominguez Hills," President Lyons said. "These students have been well prepared for university-level work by virtue of the workshops they attended led by the Project Reach coordinators."

Project Reach began in 1993 as a cooperative effort between Boeing's Space Systems Division, (Rockwell at that time), the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and several Los Angeles-area high schools. Project Reach holds three-hour Saturday workshops at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Students are exposed to standardized exams, the college admissions process, techniques of powerful speeches and oral reports, computer science, and the fine arts of maintaining a job.

Henry Grooms, PH.D, is the executive director and co-founder of Project Reach. Grooms, a structural engineer, who received his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University, operates the foundation along with his wife, Tonie. They have helped scores of minority students cross the bridge from high school to college. Grooms received Carnegie-Mellon's Alumni Merit Award in 1985 and was honored by the city of Cleveland's Black History Archives Project in 1989.

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