Penn Student Wins Humanitarian Award

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Media Contact:Jessica Reitano | | 215-898-4820May 9, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Mei Elansary, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2003 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award from Campus Compact.

ei has spent a great deal of time promoting health in the West Philadelphia community,said Penn President Judith Rodin. n addition, she has promoted sustainable partnerships between Penn and its community. She is very deserving of this outstanding award.

Elansary assisted Sayre Middle School in the development of a seventh-grade curriculum to help teens reduce lead poisoning for their families and neighbors, and she took a leading role in the development of a school and community health center at Sayre.

Each year, the Swearer Award recognizes five undergraduate students for their outstanding public service. More than 120 students nationwide were nominated this year, making it the most competitive year.