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Undergraduates awarded fellowships for work on children

STANFORD -- Five Stanford undergraduates have received the first Caroline Penney Summer Fellowships to support work dealing with children and society.

Roberta Gonzalez, a junior in political science, will continue her current Stanford in Washington internship with the House Subcommittee on Elementary Education. She is helping to write legislation dealing with comprehensive school-based services for America's children.

Bruce Graham, a senior in psychology, is working to establish the first orphanage for handicapped children in Ecuador through his foundation, Life Chance Orphanage. He intends to spend his summer working on a survey of all orphanages in Ecuador so that his project will better fit into the current service-delivery system there.

Molly Pont, a senior in American Studies, will continue her Stanford in Washington internship with the Children's Defense Fund, a national lobbying group dedicated to improving the lives of children. She is working with a group that supports grass-roots community organizations taking a stand against violence aimed at children.

Melinda Prosser, a junior in sociology, will work on children's health policy with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. She is helping the group develop an agenda that will encourage lawmakers to make the health of children and families a priority.

Gregory Weinger, a junior in English, is starting an innovative program to foster love for creative writing and reading among grade-school children in East Palo Alto. Through the techniques of improvisational acting, he hopes to re-awaken the creative spirit in students who have lost their enthusiasm for school.

The Caroline Penney Summer Fellowships in Children and Society were made possible through the generosity of a donor from the Stanford community.



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