NEW YORK; June 26, 2007 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced the first 20 winners of its Junior and Community College Scholarship awards, which the company established earlier this year to support junior and community college students planning to enter bachelor’s degree programs. The Accenture Junior and Community College Scholarship Fund is part of Accenture’s commitment to providing greater access to higher education and developing a more competitive U.S. workforce.
Winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the coming school year and will be eligible for an additional $5,000 for one additional year or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. The company plans to award the scholarships annually.
“Junior and community colleges give students a competitive edge and better prepare them for, and encourage, continued education,” said William D. Green, Accenture’s chairman and CEO and himself a junior college graduate. “The future of our country depends on an educated workforce, and I am proud of Accenture’s commitment to support outstanding junior and community college students. I am living proof that time spent at one of these colleges can change lives, and I urge business leaders and government to join in our efforts to support junior and community colleges.”
Accenture received more than 160 scholarship applications. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course at an accredited two-year junior or community college; plan to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree; and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Selection criteria include academic record, demonstrated leadership, goals and aspirations, participation in school and community activities, and work experience. The scholarship fund is being administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.
More information about the Accenture Junior and Community College Scholarship can be found at www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/accenturecommunity
Recipients of the first Accenture Junior and Community College Scholarship award are:
- Eva Baylon - Chula Vista, Calif.
- Joan Grace Bitanga - Bedford Hills, N.Y.
- Xiaoling Gao - Germantown, Md.
- Kristen Johnson - Silver Spring, Md.
- Stephanie Joyce - Canton, Mass.
- Dimitri Kametas - Oak Lawn, Ill.
- Janet Kirsch - Abingdon, Md.
- Krisztina Kotka - South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
- Sylvie Leary - Gaithersburg, Md.
- Aimee McFarland - Madera, Calif.
- Gilles Mepossi Noutcha - Hyattsville, Md.
- Jeffrey Morgenstein - Los Angeles
- Gjergj Ndoja - Tallahassee, Fla.
- Sarah Riordan - West Spring, Ill.
- Maria Sanchez - Napa, Calif.
- Tiffany Seto - Foster City, Calif.
- Kurt Shenk - Gaithersburg, Md.
- Jaspreet Singh - Vallejo, Calif.
- Andrew Smith - Pelham, N.Y.
- Sarah Vandy - Rockville, Md.
About Scholarship America
Scholarship America is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organizations. Its three primary programs – Dollars for Scholars®, Scholarship Management Services and ScholarShop® – are united in the mission to expand access to education. Scholarship America has awarded more than $1 billion to more than one million students since its founding in 1958.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 152,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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