Five win new service awards
By Neil J. Ross
Mystery still surrounds the identity of the benefactor who enabled MIT to establish the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Fellowships. The creation of the endowment fund in January coincided with an additional grant to MIT from the Boston Foundation for the support of public service scholarships.
Gray, co-chair of the Public Service Center's steering committee, trained as a volunteer at the Children's Hospital in Boston, and has been a volunteer there for over seven years. After being invited to the hospital she became involved in caring for the younger children, was given training by the hospital and was assigned to the infant surgical floor. "It was a happy match," she said. One of the most rewarding aspects of the work, she says, is that after so long as a volunteer she feels part of the nursing team.
The recipients of the 1990 summer public service fellowships, each worth $4000, were named on Monday at a luncheon at the president's house. Gray received the guests who included the members of the fellowship selection committee as well as the recipients. Awards went to <>
David P. Carroll '91, Emily M. Houh '93, Imtiyaz Hussein '91, Scott R. Ikeda '91 and Sallie E. Isrealit '91.
Carroll plans to work with Fair Foods, Inc., which helps to distribute foods to the needy. It specializes in perishable goods and especially tries to make sure that appropriate food is supplied to children. Fresh Foods gets fresh fruit from the New England Produce Market at Chelsea and fresh bakery goods from Thomas Bakeries and Arnold's Bakeries.
Houh plans to work at Rosie's Place in Boston, a shelter for homeless women which feeds over 150 women at lunch and dinner. About 70 percent of the women have children and Houh plans to set up a tutoring program for the children. Kim Tillery, an office manager at Rosie's Place, which currently has no childcare facilities, said that the program would be very useful. Houh also plans to set up a mobile library for the shelter as part of the tutoring program.
Hussein intends to work to raise awareness of the issues surrounding AIDS, and will work in conjunction with the AIDS Response at MIT. His proposal includes producing a play bringing home the reality of the AIDS.
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the 89-year-old Margaret Fuller House community center near MIT in Cambridge. He will work with teenagers and the peer counseling training program. Gloria Smith, the executive director of the center, which also houses the Tutoring Plus program, said the teens program concentrates on skill and leadership building.
Isrealit will work within the MIT community to raise awareness of the problems of alcohol. She will work with the Hellenic program and the Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol (TIPS) training program.
The student coordinator of the fellowships, Ephraim P. Lin '90, now must complete his report on the awards before handing over to next year's coordinator, who will administer the next round of scholarships as well as follow up on the programs of each of this Monday's recipients.