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Saint Xavier students receive Tyesa Bowens Memorial Scholarships

Student Success Program announces winners

Chicago (May 9, 2007) – Six Saint Xavier University students were awarded Tyesa Bowens Memorial Scholarships based on excellent academic work and contributions to the Student Success Program and SXU communities.

The scholarships were awarded to the following students:

• Kimberly Henderson, a senior majoring in communications from Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood.

• Robert Pemberton, a senior nursing major originally from San Francisco, Ca.

• Krystal Bailey, a senior majoring in communications from Harvey.

• Dragana Miloradovic, a sophomore education major from Oak Lawn.

• Tierra Powell, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice from Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.

• Larissa Campos, a sophomore nursing major from Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

“These six students have displayed exceptional commitment to their education and have made significant contributions not only in the SSP and SXU communities, but in their local communities as well,” said Josiah Fuller, director of the Student Success Program.

The awards were presented at the Student Success Program’s annual Spring Awards Ceremony in the Butler Reception Room at Saint Xavier. The University established the scholarship in memory of Tyesa Bowens, a well-liked, successful freshman who was slain in her Matteson home in March 2006 during her second semester at Saint Xavier. She was majoring in biology and had graduated at the top of her class from Fenger Academy High School.

This spring, SSP honored 64 of its students for their academic work. Participants in the program were acknowledged for attaining grade point averages between 3.0 and 3.49 (38 students recognized) and between 3.5 and 3.9 (26 students recognized) out of a possible 4.0 grade point average. The program also honored 47 of its participants who either graduated last December or will graduate in May.
The Student Success Program is a federally funded TRIO program that assists first generation college students, students from lower income families, and students with disabilities. Historically, these groups of students have been at risk for not completing their college degrees.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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