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PSC awards students public service fellowships

By Neil J. Ross

The MIT Public Service Center will offer students up to $4000 this summer in order to encourage participation in community service projects.

Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs Virginia M. Sorenson, who works at the PSC, explained that the grant is intended to allow public service projects to compete with summer jobs that students might otherwise take. The fellowships are made possible by a grant from the Charles Hapgood trust fund of the Boston Foundation.

Cynthia R. Estrella '90, who received a similar scholarship this spring, organized a tutoring program in which 30 undergraduates tutored students from the David A. Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury.

Another recipient, Jennifer Y. C. Huang '90, used her time to help at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where she helped in their community education program, wrote for their newsletter, and trained for their hotline.

Denis Mustafa, a post-doctoral associate in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, plans to bicycle across the United States to raise money for two charities. Running in the Boston Marathon is but one of the ways in which he is training for his seven-week, 3300-mile journey.

Mustafa noted that one of the charities is Cambridge-based Tutoring Plus, which helps Cambridge high school students, in part because of over 25 years of strong connections with MIT. <>

He added that after the trip he would be "taking a real vacation."