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Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund Announces 2008 Winners

May 31, 2008
The Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund is delighted to name the following 5 students as its 2008 winners: Carl Owens, Francis Grehan, Carolyn Smith-Lin, Mariko Nakayama. Each student will receive $1000 toward their summer service work.
 Francis Grehan will work with the Sturgeon Lake first Nations reserve to unite economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youths in training camp. Francis will coach rowing, kayaking, and canoeing. In addition to the training on the water these youth will receive, Francis will work with aboriginal elders of the reserve and surrounding area to teach the youth about their heritage and culture.

Mariko Nakayama
will contribute to the creation of the International Children's Library in the Rural School of Costa Rica. Mariko will contribute to making an international children's library that stores international books, textbooks for classes and English learning books with CDs in the elementary school in the rural area (Barrio Fatima of Atenas) of Costa Rica.  

Kim Ostrum
has been named as a delegate in a human rights delegation to Rwanda this summer, in coordination with the non-profit organization Global Youth Connect. Kim will participate in workshops focusing on enhancing the skills needed by delegates to educate others about the situation, past and present, in Rwanda and advocacy techniques which can be used to act toward instituting change. Kim will volunteer in local NGOs that promote human rights, education, development, and mental and physical health.        
Carl Owens
will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for work with the initiative, “Targeting Talent, Investing in Excellence, Facilitating Success” at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). Targeting Talent is a three-year pre-university program that facilitates a smooth transition to university life for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Carolyn Smith-Lin
will volunteer work in the capital of Ghana with Unite for Sight, a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable blindness in developing countries and improve eye health around the world. Carolyn with also volunteer in the Crystal Eye Clinic in Accra , observing and aiding in operations to remove cataracts and treatment of other eye diseases.

The 1995 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.  As of 2008, thirty undergraduates have received awards since the Fund began supporting students in the summer of 2000.

The winners were chosen among several qualified candidates by the '95 Summer Service Fund's Selection Team: Dan Marcus (Selection Captain), Micah Burch, Kim Digilio Sladkin, Gwen Jones Sheridan, Rashaan Harris, Elyse Michaels-Berger, Rebecca Muraview, Shaifali Puri, Justine Sass, Tom Seidenstein and Lauren Sager Weinstein.  The Class also recognizes the efforts of Summer Service Fund Committee members: Matthew Draper, Adam Lichtenstein, Micah Burch, Jim Colman, Helen Hu, Dan Marcus, Jeremy Roller, Peter Belden, Rob Hill, Geordie Hebard, Paul Cernota, Christopher Looney, Constantine Morfopoulous, Andy O'Brien, Julie Polhemus, Shannon Sullivan, Hannah Clayson Smith, and John Smith.

For further information about the Fund, or to assist or donate, please contact co-chairs Elyse Michaels Berger '95 or Matthew Draper '95 at ssf "AT"

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