Entries in Scholarship (2)


Scholarship Fund for Colorado Shooting Victim Raises $30,000

Courtesy Ghawi Family(SAN ANTONIO) -- A scholarship fund created by the family of Jessica Ghawi, who was killed at last week’s shooting at the Aurora, Colo., midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, has surpassed its fundraising goal. The Indiegogo campaign announced on Tuesday has raised more than $30,000, far exceeding the family’s goal to raise $20,000 over a 120-day period.

According to the campaign website, The Jessica Redfield Sports Journalism Scholarship fund was established, “to help send another upcoming young sports talent to study journalism.”

Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sports broadcaster, moved to Denver a year ago to pursue her career.

ABC affiliate KSAT-TV in San Antonio, where Ghawi lived before moving to Colorado, named Ghawi an honorary member of its sports department. While making the announcement KSAT sports reporter Larry Ramirez became choked up. “Her dream was to one day cover the NHL, and I’m telling you she was on her way -- I have no doubt,” said Ramirez. “Tonight we honor Jessie by making her an honorary member of the KSAT 12 sports team.”

[Watch the KSAT tribute to Ghawi here.]

A memorial service for Ghawi is planned for Saturday morning in San Antonio.

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Ex-Dean Accused of Making Students Do Personal Chores

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An ex-dean at New York's St. John's University is facing forced labor charges after being accused of exploiting students by having them run errands and do chores at her home.

Cecilia Chang, 57, the recently fired dean of the Institute of Asian Studies and the vice president for international relations at St. John's, allegedly threatened to withdraw scholarships from students if they did not perform the personal tasks.

According to allegations in a federal complaint, students were forced to make meals at Chang's home, answer her personal e-mails and even deliver cash to her at a casino. The complaint also said that students were allegedly made to wash her clothes, shovel snow at her home and drive her son to the airport at 3:00 a.m.

Ron Rubenstein, Chang's attorney, stated that she is "not a slave-driver" and that students prepared Chang's home for school-related dinners that she was hosting and that the work is similar to other college work-study programs.

Officials from the university said that students working under Chang will not lose their scholarships.

This is only the latest in a torrent of accusations against Chang, who was arrested on September 15 on state charges that she embezzled approximately $1 million from the University. The charges, which she has denied, led to her dismissal from St. John's and further investigation into her treatment of students.

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