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06/14/93

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Graduating senior Julius Paras wins Sterling Award

STANFORD -- Graduating senior Julius R. Paras of Agoura, Calif., has received the Stanford Alumni Association's 1993 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for volunteer service at Stanford.

Henry E. Riggs, chair of the alumni association's board of directors, announced the award Saturday, June 12, at the Senior Class Day luncheon in Kennedy Grove.

Paras, who graduated with bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering and values, technology, science and society, is the co-founder and president of the Pilipino American Student Union, which promotes community networking and leadership development of university and high school students.

Paras created the first Pilipino American Awareness Week at Stanford and planned the 1992 National Filipino American Youth Association. He also has been a major force behind the establishment of the Pilipino American Student Union Scholarship Fund and Project PULL, a college incentive program targeting disadvantaged Pilipino youth in nearby communities.

The Sterling Award cited Paras for "his pioneering and inspiring grass roots initiatives on behalf of the Pilipino American community," and for "his skills as diplomat, facilitator, educator and creator of affinities where once there were none."

The alumni association presents the Sterling Award annually to students who have demonstrated dedication to volunteer activities while on campus. The award also is intended to encourage graduates to serve as volunteers for Stanford and as volunteers in the public sector after commencement.

The award is named for the late J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford's president from 1949 to 1968. Upon his retirement, he was appointed chancellor and served in that post until his death in 1985.

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