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Accenture Announces Newest Winners of Community College Scholarships


Thirty Winners To-Date Receive Help in Advancing to Four-Year Institutions

NEW YORK. – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced the 10 newest winners of its Community College Scholarship for 2008. The company also announced today that it is awarding a second scholarship for the 2008-2009 school year to each of last year’s 20 winners. The new class of recipients brings the total number of students in the Accenture Community College Scholarship program to 30.

Accenture established the scholarship program to support students at community colleges and other two-year institutions planning to enter bachelor’s degree programs. The 2008 recipients are all pursuing degrees and careers in the high technology and/or business fields. The scholarships are part of the company’s commitment to providing greater access to higher education and developing a more competitive U.S. workforce.

Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the coming school year and also will be eligible for another $5,000 for one additional year of study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.

Recipients of this year’s Accenture Community College Scholarship are:

* Ricardo Arencibia – Miami, Fla.
* Manogodjon (Adja) Binate – Gaithersburg, Md.
* Rene Castillo – San Antonio, Texas
* Steven Church – Kensington, Md.
* Remington Dechene – Millersville, Md.
* Kossivi Edji – Hyattsville, Md.
* Joyce Krintz – Germantown, Md.
* Khai Lai – Clarksburg, Md.
* Yi Lian – Brooklyn, N.Y.
* Jenny Weaver – San Antonio, Texas

“Community colleges give students a competitive edge and better prepare them to continue their education,” said William D. Green, Accenture’s chairman & CEO, who graduated from Dean College, a two-year institution in Massachusetts, before going on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. “The future of our country’s competitiveness depends on an educated workforce, and I am proud of Accenture’s continued commitment to support outstanding community college students.”

Accenture received more than 100 applications for the 2008 scholarship awards. To be eligible, students had, at the time of application, to be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course at an accredited two-year junior or community college; plan to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree; and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Selection criteria included academic record, demonstrated leadership, goals and aspirations, participation in school and community activities, and work experience. The scholarship fund is being administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the nation’s largest private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.

The scholarship program complements Accenture’s recently announced Community Teach Program, which will place select Accenture executives in teaching roles and other educational activities at local community colleges. The pilot program will leverage the skills and experience of Accenture executives to bring their real-world experience to benefit the students.


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