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Claudia Matthews '05 Wins Stanley Fink Scholarship

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 13, 2004) -- University at Albany senior Claudia Matthews has been awarded a prestigious Stanley Fink Legislative Internship. She will begin her internship in the New York State Assembly in 2005.

Matthews, a Brooklyn native, is a dual major in political science and English. In addition to carrying a grade point average of 3.86, her academic achievements include six semesters on the Deanís List, a Thurgood Marshall Internship, Spellman Academic Awards, and membership in the Presidential Honor Society. She has previously interned with two law firms and twice with the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Matthews has also volunteered in several University programs, including Project Renaissance, where she tutored students in economics, English, and political science. She volunteered to help the Red Cross Blood Drive and Habitat for Humanity through the Presidential Honor Society. She has also volunteered at the campus U-Kids Daycare Center. Her future plans include law school and a career in politics.

Supported by an initial grant from the Bell-Atlantic Foundation, UAlbany established the legislative internship in memory of the late Stanley Fink, former Speaker of the New York Assembly. The full semester internship carries 15 academic credits. To be eligible for the award, a student must meet academic requirements for the Deanís List and have earned at least 56 academic credits at UAlbany.


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