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UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AIMS TO SUPPORT AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC STUDENTS CHALLENGED BY HEPATITIS C

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund Partner
on New Horizons Scholars Program

(August 19, 2003) — The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF) and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) announced today the launch of the second year of the New Horizons Scholars Program which will provide college scholarships to Hispanic and African-American students entering college in 2004 who have hepatitis C or are dependents of a person with the disease. The New Horizons Scholars Program is funded by The Roche Foundation.

These scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of African-American and Hispanic students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education's Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24 was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Latinos reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

“The New Horizons Scholars Program is a unique partnership that was established last year, and aims to create additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African-American students impacted by hepatitis C,” said Nicole Lee-Haley, major gift officer for TMSF. “We’re very excited to continue this program with our partners and hope to positively impact the lives of these students through this important scholarship program.”

The New Horizons Scholars Program will provide up to 50 scholarships to students planning to enroll for the first time in a four-year college during the fall of 2004. Scholarships will be awarded to students of Hispanic or African-American heritage who are infected or are dependents of someone infected with hepatitis C. Students will be eligible for $2,500 per year for four years, and must maintain the program’s academic standard of 2.5 G.P.A. Scholarship winners will be notified in the late spring of 2004. Applications are available at www.hsf.net or www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org or by calling Toll-Free 1-866-346-7496. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2004

“Supporting the higher education of Hispanics and African Americans is a critical investment in America’s future,” said Mario De Anda, HSF director of scholarship programs. “The New Horizons Scholars Program is a strong partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund to help provide educational opportunities to our communities and make a difference in the lives of our students.”

“The Roche Foundation is committed to helping create specialized educational opportunities for students impacted by hepatitis C,” said Vivian Beetle, Executive Director of The Roche Foundation, “This program is part of The Roche Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help lessen the long term impact of hepatitis C on patients and their families.”

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus, a blood-borne disease of the liver, is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and the number one reason for liver transplants in the U.S. Hepatitis C is transmitted through body fluids, primarily blood or blood products, and by sharing needles. Unfortunately, most people infected with hepatitis C are unaware of it because it may take years for symptoms to develop. Approximately 2.7 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis C with an estimated 30,000 new infections yearly.

Hepatitis C disproportionately affects the African-American and Hispanic community. In the United States, 3.2 percent of African Americans are infected with hepatitis C, as compared with 2.1 percent of Hispanics and 1.5 percent of Caucasians.

About the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, the first and only national organization of its kind, supports 45 public historically black colleges and universities through merit scholarships, programmatic and capacity-building support. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and need. Since 1987, the organization has distributed over $20 million in scholarships and programmatic support. TMSF serves as an economic gateway to thousands of students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go to college.

About the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF, a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization, provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened regional offices in Southern and Central California, the Northeast, the Southeast, Midwest and Texas. In addition, HSF launched the Washington, D.C.-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute to generate public partnerships in support of its work. During its 28-year history, HSF has awarded more than 61,000 scholarships in excess of $115 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have attended more than 1,700 colleges and universities.

About The Roche Foundation

The Roche Foundation (formerly known as the Hoffmann-La Roche Foundation) was created in 1947 as an independent charitable entity, solely funded by the company. Today, it continues to complement the corporate contributions program and helps support selected community organizations and initiatives. The Roche Foundation focuses its support on health promotion and science and math education. The establishment of The Roche Foundation over 50 years ago demonstrated the company’s commitment to the importance of good corporate citizenship-a belief that remains today.

For More Information on the New Horizons Scholars Program Go To: www.hsf.net
www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org

Media Contacts:

Miguel Salinas, Hispanic Scholarship Fund: (415) 808-2352
Courtney Booker III, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund: (212) 663-2255 Vivian Beetle, The Roche Foundation: (973) 562-2055

 

 

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