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7 earn data processors' annual scholarships

From staff reports

Seven students from southern Minnesota were awarded scholarships Sunday at the fourth annual Black Data Processing Associates scholarship and awards dinner.

Members of BDPA are employed or interested in the information technology industry. The group's programs include seminars, courses and workshops; an annual competition in which high school students demonstrate their computer and programming skills; and a scholarship program.

This year's scholarship winners are Cassandra Sheppard, daughter of Marshall and Linda Shepard and a graduate of Studio Academy; Brett Amundson, son of Daniel and Virginia Amundson and a graduate of Century High School; Lenna Daibagya, daughter of Ghana Shyam Daibagya and a student at Winona State University; Kofo Adafin, son of Mark and Toni Adafin, a graduate of Lourdes High School; Lauretta Dawolo, daughter of Richard and Lulu Dawolo and a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.; Aaron Jefferson, son of Michael and Deborah Jefferson, a graduate of Lourdes; and Yaw Aning, son of Francis and Theresa Aning and a Century graduate.

Terri Johnson, Angi Porter, Terrence Rowe, Matthew Mayweather and Yusuf Waged won the regional computer competition and will compete at the BDPA's national conference Aug. 13-17 in Philadelphia.

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Other awards given by the group were:

Corporate sponsor of the year -- Mayo Clinic for its support in bridging the digital divide and support of the minority information technology community.

Education partner of the year -- Rochester public schools and Urban Ventures for their support of computer training for students.

Media coverage -- Rochester Post-Bulletin for its support of the nonprofit group and its community outreach programs.

Corporate advocate of the year -- Northwest Airlines.

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