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April 25, 2007

UA Announces Winners of Student Funded SGA Spirit Scholarships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Winners of scholarships funded by the University of Alabama’s SGA S.P.I.R.I.T. campaign were announced today during a celebration event at Gorgas Library. Six UA students, all first-generation college students, were selected to receive the awards funded by their fellow students. The SGA S.P.I.R.I.T. campaign asked students to donate $5 each to UA for “first-in-family” scholarships.

“The S.P.I.R.I.T. campaign is an opportunity for students to help fellow students,” said Justice Smyth, president of the Student Government Association at UA. “When we learned that one in five students on campus are the first in their families to attend college we felt it was important that the SGA play a significant role in this initiative to help fund scholarships.”

Conducted from Jan. 15-March 31 of this year, the SGA S.P.I.R.I.T. (Students Playing Important Roles in Tradition) raised $13,000 resulting in six $2,000 scholarships. Scholarship recipients are:

Amanda Dunn, Highland Home, Ala.
Tessie Jones, Brookwood, Ala.
Chad Smith, Tuscumbia, Ala.
Jarrod Stanley, Boaz, Ala.
Lakesha Taylor, Tuscaloosa
Johnny Tice, Tuscaloosa

“Over the past two years, the S.P.I.R.I.T. campaign has experienced solid growth; but we never expected to have a year like this,” said Graham Smith, S.P.I.R.I.T. campaign director. “It is amazing to see the commitment and initiative from the students when the importance of student participation has hit home.”

For more information, contact Graham Smith at 205/348-5535.

About UA
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is in the midst of planned, steady enrollment growth with a goal of reaching 28,000 students by 2010. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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