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06/09/93

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Three seniors awarded Echoing Green Fellowships

STANFORD -- Three members of the Stanford University Class of 1993 have been awarded Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships for Graduating Seniors, which single out young adults who want to develop and implement public service projects.

Echoing Green, a private foundation based in New York, encourages talented young people to confront problems of society in creative and innovative ways through such projects. The one-year fellowships each carry a stipend of $15,000 and are awarded to seniors throughout the nation who demonstrate an entrepreneurial vision, a commitment to public service and a carefully thought-out plan.

Mairi Dupar, an international relations major from Aberdeen, Scotland, will design a philanthropic education program for the Global Fund for Women, an international grantmaking organization based in Menlo Park that works to achieve the full economic and political participation of women around the world. Dupar's project aims to educate Americans about Third World poverty and gender inequity, and suggest positive steps to empower people in those societies. She will model her project on a campaign by OXFAM that has made international development a current topic of debate in the United Kingdom.

Priya Karim Haji, a religious studies and pre-medical studies major from Bryan, Texas, is creating "Free at Last," a community- oriented, residential substance abuse treatment program in East Palo Alto. Her project stems from a commitment to the community and extensive service experience. While at Stanford, Haji served as a substance abuse coordinator for Links to Positive People at the Center for Community Change in East Palo Alto, and as a facilitator for recovery groups in San Quentin State Prison, East Palo Alto and San Jose. She also is a co-founder and director of Students Offering Alternative Realities (SOAR), an after- school program for high school students created in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King verdict.

Natalie Seer, a human biology major from Austin, Texas, will be working for the Parent Child Intervention Program (PCIP), a collaborative effort between the San Mateo County Health Department and the Ravenswood City School District that addresses the needs of children exposed in utero to drugs and alcohol, and their parents. She will develop a community-based volunteer program for PCIP that will provide home visits and help parents connect with social service agencies. Seer has counseled emotionally disturbed children in New Hampshire, taught health classes to youngsters at a San Mateo County shelter, and tutored in the Ravenswood district.

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