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When Trinity welcomes the class of 2009 to campus to begin the next academic year, the College hopes that Susana Medina and Tamekia Strickland will be among its brightest and best students.

Medina and Strickland, members of the National Honor Society, will receive Trinity's Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship, given each year to minority students with outstanding achievement and service in their classrooms, churches, and communities. The award is renewable through their senior years and covers full tuition.

Medina is a Chicago resident and a senior at Noble Street Charter High School in Chicago. She likes the fine arts and sings, dances, and recites poetry at school. She is a student-leader in the youth discipleship group and a member of the youth praise and worship team at her church, Evangel Assembly of God. She intends to graduate from Trinity with a degree in communication arts.

Strickland, a senior at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois, is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. The Chicago resident also has sung in her school's choir for four years and had a seat on its student council. She plans to tailor her coursework at the College in preparation for a career in medicine.

"Susana and Tamekia will be great citizens within the Trinity community," said Josh Lenarz '98, director of admissions at Trinity. "Their background shows that they have the intelligence, initiative, and humility to excel as students and servants here. They should be commended for what they've accomplished, and we believe they will achieve even greater milestones at the College."

The Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship recognizes the academic excellence, leadership, and Christian commitment of minority high school seniors. Each recipient must be accepted in Trinity's freshman class, live in metropolitan Chicago, have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better, rank in the top 10 percent of the high school's graduating class, and be involved in church and community endeavors. To renew the scholarship, winners must keep a grade-point average no less than 3.0, be involved in campus leadership, and live on campus.

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