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May 16, 2005

CITY COLLEGE SOPHOMORE DENISE ST. JUST

CHOSEN AS GALBRAITH SCHOLAR FOR 2005


Denise StNEW YORK, May 16, 2005 – Denise St. Just, a sophomore majoring in history and political science at the Herman Muehlstein Honors College at The City College of New York, has been selected as one of 16 Galbraith Scholars who will participate in a special multidisciplinary summer program at Harvard University. Ms. St. Just was selected from a pool of 310 applicants, the most in the program’s history.

The Galbraith Scholars Program brings together outstanding undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country to give participants the opportunity to grapple with substantive issues of inequality and social policy. During their stay at Harvard, Galbraith Scholars partake in a variety of graduate-style seminars, workshops, off-site trips and collaborative activities led by Harvard faculty and outside speakers. The program was named in honor of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, a Harvard professor and former ambassador to India who has had a lifelong commitment to illuminating the economic ills of material hardship and inequality.

As a Galbraith Scholar, Ms. St. Just, who resides in the Bronx, will receive a full fellowship to attend the five-day program, which runs June 12-16, that covers travel costs, room and board and activity fees. After completing the program, she plans to work as a summer intern in the education research sector at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank. Her internship was arranged through The City College’s Rosenberg-Humphrey Program, which places social sciences students in positions at government agencies, Congressional offices, labor unions, advocacy groups and policy research organizations.

“ This is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from distinguished lecturers and strengthen my interest in social policy and inequality,” Ms. St. Just said. “The program’s emphasis correlates exactly with my own interests in educational policy and improving urban schools, particularly in New York City.”

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