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Student Wins Stanley Fink Scholarship

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 12, 2003) -- Donna Bellino, a senior at the University at Albany, has been awarded a prestigious Stanley Fink Legislative Internship. Supported by an initial grant from the Bell-Atlantic Foundation, UAlbany established the legislative internship in memory of the late Fink, former speaker of the New York Assembly. The full semester internship carries a $5,000 scholarship.

Bellino, from Brewster, N.Y., is pursuing a dual major in criminal justice and psychology with the hope of attending graduate school to study criminal justice or industrial/organizational psychology. During the summer, she is a volunteer counselor at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut. The camp assists seriously ill children in participating in a sleep-away camp experience.

To be eligible for the award, a student must meet academic requirements for the Dean's list and have earned at least 56 academic credits at UAlbany. Bellino has a grade point average of 3.83. She will begin her internship in the New York State Assembly in 2004.


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