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Saint Xavier dedicates scholarship in memory of slain student

Student Success Program to award scholarship

Chicago (April 26, 2006) – Saint Xavier University has established a scholarship in memory of Tyesa Bowens, a well-liked, successful student.

Bowens was a freshman student majoring in biology in her second semester at Saint Xavier University. She and her parents were found slain in their Matteson home in March. Bowens had graduated first in her class at Fenger Academy High School.

On Tuesday, Tom Murray, director of Saint Xavier University’s Student Success Program, awarded the first five Tyesa Bowens Memorial Scholarships to students based on their excellent academic work and contributions to the SSP and SXU communities.

The scholarships were awarded to Joanna Beituni, a sophomore from Oak Lawn majoring in communication science and disorders; Candice Boyd, a freshman from Chicago majoring in business; Kati Khouri, a junior from Oak Lawn majoring in biology; Reem Mohammad, a junior from Oak Lawn majoring in biology; and Gabriela Salgado, a sophomore from Oak Forest majoring in early childhood education.

“These five students have displayed exceptional commitment to their education and have made significant contributions not only in the SSP and SXU communities, but in their local communities as well,” Murray said.

The announcement came at the Student Success Program’s annual Spring Awards Ceremony. This spring, SSP honored 88 of its 204 students for their academic work. Participants in the program were acknowledged for attaining grade point averages of at least a 3.0 (44 students recognized), at least a 3.5 (28 students recognized), or a perfect 4.0 (18 students recognized). The program also honored 37 of its participants who either graduated last December or will graduate this May.

The Student Success Program is a federally funded TRIO program that assists first generation college students, students from lower income families, and students with disabilities. Historically, these groups of students have been at-risk for not completing their college degrees.

For more information about the Student Success Program, call (773) 298-3342.  

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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