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Class of 1995

Past Summer Service Fund Winners


Announcement of 2003 Winners

May 23 2003

The Princeton Class of 1995 is pleased to announce the three 2003 winners of the '95 Summer Service Fund Award: Kelechi Acholonu '05, Cynthia Arocho '04, and Ana Garcia '04. Winners will each receive $800 to support their summer community service endeavors.

The '95 Summer Service Fund is sponsored by the Class of '95, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund provides financial support to Princeton undergraduates pursuing public or community service endeavors, in the United States or abroad. Hundreds of members of the Class of 1995 have contributed to the Fund since its inception in 1995, when the Class became the youngest ever to create such a fund. The Class of 1969 has provided guidance and financial support to the Fund. Kelechi, Cynthia, and Ana bring to ten the number of undergraduates who have received awards since the Fund began supporting students in the summer of 2000.

Kelechi Acholonu, a Psychology Major from Blackwood, New Jersey, will return to her birthplace, Obohia, Nigeria, to establish a library in the local high school. Kelechi already has gathered nearly 1,000 books that will form the nucleus of the new library. Kelechi will coordinate the conversion of several unused schoolrooms into a working library.

Cynthia Arocho, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, will spend the summer teaching at Colegio Dinamarca, a secondary school in Nicaragua. Cynthia plans to develop an after school program to be maintained by community members after she returns to the United States in the fall. Last summer Cynthia was an assistant bilingual teacher in New Brunswick. At Princeton she has been active in Arts Alive, a program for children in the New York City area who were affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Ana Garcia, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will travel to Kajoli, Bangladesh, a rural town of approximately 5,000. Ana, in partnership with Shamsul Bari, a Bangladeshi returning to his home country after twenty years of work with the United Nations, will teach English and computer skills at an adult literacy center, an early childhood development center, and a computer training facility. At Princeton Ana works with Community House and the Student Volunteers Council.

Kelechi, Cynthia, and Ana were selected from a number of strong applicants by the '95 Summer Service Fund's Selection Team: Dan Marcus (Selection Team Leader), Micah Burch, Kim Sladkin Digilio, Matthew Draper, Gwen Jones, Elyse Michaels Berger, Rebecca Muraview, Anne Pak, Shaifali Puri, Justine Sass, and Tom Seidenstein. The Class also recognizes the efforts of other Summer Service Fund Committee members: John Smith, Jean Bae, Peter Belden, Paul Cernota, Rob Hill, Helen Hu, Christopher Looney, Jeremy Roller, Hannah Clayson Smith, Shannon Sullivan, and Lauren Sager Weinstein.  








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