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For most high school seniors pondering their options for college, financial aid is the biggest concern. Two students in the College's class of 2007 can erase that concern from their lists.

Martha Morales and Samantha Towns were named this year's recipients of the Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship, a four-year renewable grant that fully covers tuition costs. Trinity offers the award to two minority students each year.

"I (am) excited to win the scholarship," said Morales, a resident of Joliet, Illinois, who will graduate from Ridgewood Baptist Academy. "I believe I can make a very positive impact at Trinity, and I'm ready for all the challenges and experiences that I will face. I will make the most of this opportunity."

Towns hails from Evanston, Illinois, and will receive her diploma from Evanston Township High School. She, too, is elated to win the scholarship and anticipates developing a stronger, closer relationship with God while pursuing her degree.

"Attending a Christian college will give me a chance to strengthen my faith as I learn more about what I want to do," Towns said. "I like Trinity's size, and I think it will benefit me greatly by allowing me time to get to know my professors and classmates. That's an important quality that I was looking for while choosing a college."

Towns has earmarked special education as her major and aspires to teach grade-school children. Morales intends to concentrate her studies on a curriculum for pre-dentistry as part of her plan to establish a dental practice. Both young women made lasting impressions on the College's admissions personnel.

"The students who received these awards in the past were of high caliber," said Josh Lenarz, director of admissions. "Martha and Samantha are no different. We feel they have the kinds of characteristics that will enhance our student body, and they will make fine citizens in the Trinity community."

The Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship recognizes minority high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and Christian commitment. Each candidate, in addition to having been accepted as a freshman, must live in the metropolitan Chicago area, possess a grade-point average of 3.5 or better, rank in the top 10 percent of the high school's graduating class, and exhibit active involvement in church and community initiatives. The winners must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, be involved in campus leadership, and live on campus to renew the scholarship.

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