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May 17, 2006


NEW YORK, May 17, 2006 – Deborah M. Wolf, ’06, a senior English major in the CUNY Honors College at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education.  Ms. Wolf, who will pursue a Ph.D. in African American Studies at Yale University after graduation, was one of 25 recipients selected from a nationwide pool of 771 applicants.

The Javits Fellowship, named for the late U.S. Senator, who represented New York from 1957 to 1981, provides financial assistant to students pursuing graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have “demonstrated: superior academic ability and achievement; exceptional promise, and financial need.”  It includes an annual $12,224 payment to the institution in lieu of tuition and a stipend of up to $30,000 for the fellow.  It can be renewed up to three times.

“I’m very excited to have been chosen for this honor,” Ms. Wolf, who resides in Bayside, Queens, said. “Having my educational accomplishments validated on the national level through this prestigious program is truly significant.  I want to thank my mentors and advisers in the English Department and Honors Center for all their support throughout my career at CCNY.”

The Javits Fellowship is the latest award bestowed upon Ms. Wolf, who is a City College Fellow and has received the Kaye Scholarship from the Division of Humanities, the Goldsmith Scholarship from the CUNY Honors College and the Mack Graduate Fellowship from the CCNY English Department.  She also was among the first cohort of CCNY-Stuyvesant Scholars, graduates of Stuyvesant High School who enrolled at CCNY four years ago with a scholarship funded by alumni of both schools.

“Winning the Javits Fellowship is a truly fitting capstone to Deborah’s extraordinary undergraduate career,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York.  “On behalf of the faculty and staff of CCNY, I congratulate her on this remarkable accomplishment and wish her continued success in graduate school.”

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