Chevy Teams With Michelle Kwan to Give 10 College-Bound Women "REWARDS" (7/03)

Michelle Kwan with nine of the 10 Chevy REWARDS scholarship winners. Photo courtesy of General Motors and Disney.

(7/21/03) Chevrolet Motor Division has once again teamed with five-time World figure skating champion Michelle Kwan to award 10 young women $5,000 scholarships through the Chevrolet/Michelle Kwan REWARDS Scholarship program. REWARDS recognizes and assists outstanding college-bound female athletes across the United States.

REWARDS (Recognizing Excellence of Women in Academics & Rewarding Dynamic Student-athletes) provides each selected student $2,000 for the first year of college, and $1,000 each for the next three years, as long as the recipient meets renewal criteria.

The program, created by Chevrolet and Michelle Kwan, is in its third year and has awarded $150,000 to college-bound students. Ten young women are selected each year based on outstanding performance in academics, athletics, leadership, participation in school/community activities, financial need and personal essay. More than 5,500 graduating seniors applied this year.

The scholarship recipients were honored in Los Angeles and met Kwan for the first time at a dinner party in their honor. Disneyland hosted the 10 women, along with Kwan, at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif.

"These young women represent high-level achievers in education, athletics and community service," said Mary O'Connor, Chevrolet sales promotion manager. "We are proud to work with Michelle Kwan on this terrific scholarship program, and we congratulate these great young women."

"It has been my privilege to work with Chevrolet on such a meaningful program," Kwan said. "Looking at the achievements of these 10 student-athletes is a humbling experience. They have already accomplished so much at such a young age. I know that the best is yet to come for each of them."

Chevrolet's relationship with Michelle Kwan is part of the Chevy R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Communities and Kids) program and compliments its ongoing partnership with U.S. Figure Skating. Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, with seven U.S. titles, five World titles and two Olympic medals.

For more information on the Chevrolet/Michelle Kwan REWARDS scholarship program, please go to www.chevy.com/rewards.

Click here for another photo of Michelle Kwan and the Chevy REWARDS scholarship winners.

This year's winners of the Chevrolet/Michelle Kwan REWARDS Scholarship:

Name
Hometown
College/University
Major
Sports
Brenna Blevins Pulaski, Va. College of William and Mary Undecided Basketball, track and field, volleyball
Erika Bonnevie Pittsfield, Mass. Wesleyan University History education Rowing, swimming
Lauren Bricker Greensburg, Pa. Duquesne University Nursing Basketball, cross country, track and field
Xi Chen Athens, Ga. University of Chicago Economics Swimming, volleyball
Judith Claessens Lake Mary, Fla. University of North Florida Pre-veterinary Cross country, soccer, tennis
Jenna Fussell Vacaville, Calif. Colorado College Biochemistry Sailing, soccer, volleyball
Maggie LaManque Verona, N.Y. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineering Basketball, golf, tennis
Rebecca Pettit Cedar Rapids, Iowa Creighton University Doctorate of Pharmacy Golf
Kasee Spangler Greentown, Ind. Marian College Elementary education Softball, volleyball
Jessica Thompson St. Paul, Minn. MIT Astronomy Cross country, skiing, track and field
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