Connecticut College recently honored three members of the community with the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards, conferred each year on those who exemplify and uphold the legacy of Dr. King's work.
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc. has awarded a $25,000 grant to Connecticut College to support the Hoffman Scholars Fund. The fund was established in 2008 with a $50,000 grant and provides scholarships to students from Connecticut entering the college´s Science Leaders Program. The Science Leaders Program, launched in 2007 and funded by a National Science Foundation grant, aims to increase the number of women and minority students graduating from Connecticut College with a degree and research experience in the sciences. Students admitted to this challenging undergraduate program are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and priority is given to underrepresented students including women, minorities, first-generation college students and students who are uncommonly challenged by a disability. Science Leaders receive enhanced scholarships, additional support, career preparation and assistance applying to graduate school. The current Hoffman Scholar recipient is Paola Peshkepija, a member of the college´s class of 2013 who was born in Tirana, Albania and later moved to Connecticut with her family. Peshkepija is a pre-med student, who aspires to work in cancer research, a goal that became very personal after her father died of cancer last year. "I have always loved science," she said. "But after my father passed away I wanted to help people with cancer, and that´s when I decided to focus on a career in medicine." The Hoffman Foundation, based in West Hartford, was founded in 1983 by Marion O. Hoffman and her sister, Doris C. Chaho. The Foundation´s president, Marion Barrak, is Chaho´s daughter. The Foundation´s funding priorities include medicine, education, the arts and charitable activities with a strong regional focus on Connecticut. About Connecticut College Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college´s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu. --CC--
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