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Lincoln Professional Development Academy Student to Receive Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship

La Jolla, CA, January 14, 1998 --In honor of the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) will present a $5,000 college scholarship to a graduating senior at Lincoln Professional Development Academy for Medical Sciences. The recipient will be announced tomorrow at the school's Martin Luther King Day Assembly to be held at 8:30 and 9:30a.m. in the school auditorium.

The awardee is selected from among applicants who wrote essays describing the values of Dr. King that have had the most important influence on their lives. Selection criteria include the quality of the essay, academic and extra-curricular accomplishments, community service, recommendations from teachers and community leaders, and interviews with a panel of Lincoln and TSRI staff.

According to TSRI Senior Vice President, William H. Beers, Ph.D., "We are pleased to present what is now the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship to a deserving Lincoln Academy student. We think of no better way to honor Dr. King's memory and the values he espoused than to help further the educational goals of a student who exemplifies his spirit."

Wendell Bass, Lincoln Academy Principal commented, "Lincoln is extremely proud of our students and the honor TSRI has bestowed on them. What a fitting way to remember Dr. King, who placed such a value on education and fought for opportunities for all people."

In addition to the scholarship presentation, tomorrow's assembly will include poetic readings and musical selections from the Lincoln Academy Choir.

Lincoln Professional Development Academy for Medical Sciences is located in south central San Diego and features a health careers magnet program. Most of the scholarship applicants have plans for a career in the medical or scientific fields.

The Scripps Research Institute is the nation's largest private, non-profit biomedical research organization. Its support of the local education community includes a special Partnership in Education with Lincoln Academy, funded by a grant from the French Fund and Masserini Trust.