Project Discovery Honors College-bound Students at May 2 Banquet

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April 24, 2008

Project Discovery Honors College-bound Students at May 2 Banquet

Project Discovery, a Fairfax County Office of Partnerships program that provides underserved youth tools to pursue continuing education, will celebrate the graduation of college-bound students at its 15th annual Student Recognition Banquet on Friday, May 2, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Rd, Herndon, which is a co-sponsor of the event.

The student-run banquet will include keynote speeches by returning alumni. Scholarships, provided by the Dominion Guild and the Greater Washington Foundation of Insurance and Financial Advisors, also will be presented to the graduates during the ceremony.

Project Discovery encourages students to achieve educational excellence and pursue college educations. These youth, from underserved families, are given tools to excel in their studies and become well-rounded students who are often the first in their families to attend college. The program provides tutoring, life skills workshops, SAT preparation, college visits, cultural enrichment and access to scholarships. Parents also are included in workshops on higher education and other activities. For the past five years, 100 percent of Project Discovery's graduating seniors have enrolled in post-secondary schools. Project Discovery is a partner with Fairfax County agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, colleges and universities, and area businesses and families. It is partially funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

For further information about the banquet or Project Discovery, contact Maichi Halley, Office of Partnerships, 703-324-5194, TTY 711.


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