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  • Date: March 4, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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    Montgomery College to Salute High-Achieving Minority Students
    Three Student Awards Ceremonies Will Honor Academic Success

    Tuesday, March 8

    9:30 a.m.—Asian Student Academic Awards

    1 p.m.—Dr. Harry Harden, Jr. Black and
    African American Student Academic awards

    4 p.m.—Hispanic Student Academic Awards


    Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

    Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD


    Montgomery College will recognize the academic successes of almost 750 high-achieving minority students at three ceremonies on Tuesday, March 8—the Asian Student Academic Awards, the Dr. Harry Harden, Jr. Black and African-American Academic Awards, and the Hispanic Student Academic Awards. 


    The Asian Student Academic Awards will honor more than 225 students who earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or above.  Of those, 20 students earned a 4.0 GPA.  The Asian Student Academic Awards also celebrates the culture of students who come from the Asian continent, which includes China, India, Russia, Iran, and Israel, among others.  The keynote speaker for the program will be Dr. Michael Lin, a member of the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College.  Dr. Lin is a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, responsible for administering research grants supporting biomedical research nationwide. 


    The Dr. Harry Harden, Jr. Black and African-American Student Academic Awards honors high-achieving Black and African-American students and is named for a former Montgomery College dean of student development, who died prematurely, but was the inspiration for the program.  Almost 290 students were invited to participate in the awards program, including 29 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Lewis M. Anthony, senior pastor of Metropolitan Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Washington, D.C. 


    The Hispanic Student Academic Awards honors more than 225 Hispanic and Latino students who earned at least a 3.5 GPA.  Of those, 40 students earned a 4.0 GPA.  The program’s keynote speaker will be Montgomery County Council President Tom Perez, a first generation Dominican American and graduate of Harvard Law School.


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