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Distributed July 18, 2003
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City of Providence Scholars
Brown awards scholarships to two Providence public high grads

Jannella Sanbour of Classical High School and Sobondo Josiah of Central High School were recently named City of Providence Scholars for the Brown University Class of 2007. They will receive financial support from an endowment earmarked for students from local public schools.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two Providence high school graduates have been named City of Providence scholars for the Class of 2007 and will receive financial support throughout their four years at Brown. Classical High School graduate Jannella Sanbour and Central High School graduate Sobondo Josiah received the scholarships, drawn from a $2-million endowment reserved by the University for students from local public schools.

Established in 1991, the scholarship emphasizes Brown’s commitment to supporting talented applicants from the area. It is based on financial need and covers a portion of the student’s financial aid package. The total cost for the 2003-2004 academic year, including tuition, room, board and fees, will be $37,942. Two scholars are selected each year.

Jannella Sanbour was at the helm of a variety of clubs at Classical High School. She served as president of the Asian Club, and co-captain of both the Science Olympiad and Latin Club. She also was a member of the Math Team and served on the Student Council. Sanbour represented Classical High School on the field hockey and track teams, and she mentored younger students and tutored peers. As a junior, she received the Cornell Book Award, and, more recently, was selected as an AP scholar by the College Board. Sanbour was inducted into the Honors Association as a junior.

Sobondo Josiah immigrated to the United States from Ghana and enrolled at Central High School as a junior. Her father wanted Josiah and her siblings “to have a better education,” she said. In Ghana, Josiah played volleyball, basketball and soccer. Once at Central, she continued to compete on the soccer field. She was inducted into the Honor Society and participated in the D.A.R.E. program. Josiah also served as secretary of her youth group at the Grain Coast Fellowship Church in Cranston and sang with the church choir. At Brown, Josiah plans to pursue study in biology, with the hopes of a career in pediatric medicine.

Brown received 15,153 applications for admission to the Class of 2007. Of those, about 1,400 are expected to matriculate this fall.


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