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The City University of New York’s City College has launched two new scholarship programs, including one funded by the former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Colin L. Powell.
Named in honor of Powell’s parents, the Maud and Luther Powell America’s Promise Scholarship will pay full tuition for up to four years at the university to a graduating senior of a New York City high school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum high school grade average of 85 percent out of 100 and have performed significant community service. This year’s inaugural award went to Beatriz Sanchez, a freshman majoring in architecture.
The other new award is the “Leaders in Furthering Education America’s Promise Scholarship Program.” It is being sponsored by Florida-based philanthropist Lois Pope and is an extension of a Pope-sponsored program that encourages and rewards young people who put extraordinary effort into helping others. This year’s LIFE awards went to Kiyanda Baldwin and Krystal Pagan, both sophomores in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education-CUNY Medical School.
For more information on either program, contact Charles DeCicco, director of public relations, at (212) 650-5310.

Voorhees College’s business division recently received national accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The division offers majors in accounting and business administration, with concentrations in banking and finance, marketing and business computer information systems.
“A major thrust of these programs is to enhance the teaching-learning process through the use of state-of-the-art technology within all majors offered by the division,” says Dr. Moh’d RuJoub, the division’s chairman and an accounting professor. “The division emphasizes scholarly research, imaginative methodology and an enthusiastic quest for truth as bases for the teaching-learning process, while offering students an environment that promotes the importance of lifelong learning.”
For more information, contact Stephanie D. Odom, director of media relations and marketing, at (803) 703-7062.

The Idaho Board of Education unanimously approved Boise State University’s request to establish its first Ph.D. program. The action clears the way for Boise State to offer a doctorate degree in geophysics starting next fall.
This will be the only such program in the nation focusing exclusively on research of the Earth’s uppermost crust, according to Dr. Jack Pelton, coordinator of the graduate program and director of Boise State’s Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface.
The Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface was established in 1991 with a $1 million grant from the Higher Education Research Council. It is involved in research on the first 500 meters of the Earth’s crust and has generated more than $6 million in competitive external funding since the initial grant.
For more information, contact Pelton at (208) 426-3640.

The University of Technology of Jamaica has signed an agreement to start a joint chemical engineering degree program next year with the Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeverria, a Cuban higher education institution that specializes in architecture and engineering.
The four-year program, which begins in September 2000, will require the Jamaican students to learn Spanish and spend two months in Cuba attending the institute and gaining work experience. The Cuban institute also will help the Jamaican university develop its engineering and computing facilities.             



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