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Students Take Home Spring 2008 Blogging for Progress Award

Three college students have taken the top prizes in the ProgressiveU Spring 2008 Blogging for Progress Scholarship Contest.

San Mateo, CA, August 20, 2008 --( Progressive U, a student-run social welfare organization that encourages an open discussion of current events, progressive values, and public policy priorities, is pleased to announce that the Spring 2008 Blogging for Progress scholarship winners are Liz Sesser of Minneapolis, MN, Leslie Quinalty of Seminole, OK and Bridget LaMonica of Hamlin, PA.

"Our scholarship winners this semester were some of the most dedicated we've seen," said Art Morgan, Executive Director of ProgressiveU, about the Spring 2008 scholarship winners. "They were creative, shared their views on a multitude of issues, and encouraged some excellent debates throughout the semester. In this way, more than just the scholarship winners have benefited from their participation, and that's something we're very proud of."

Liz Sesser is a resident of Minneapolis, MN and attends Hamline Unversity where she is majoring in elementary education. Her goals include teaching first grade children at an inner city school and receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching. Liz won the $1,000 first place scholarship as well as having been recognized as one of the highest rated bloggers on ProgressiveU of all time.

Leslie Quinalty, our first $500 scholarship winner this term, resides in Seminole, OK where she is working on her Ph.D in biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. She plans to eventually open a research facility at her Native American tribe's health center.

Bridget LaMonica, our final $500 scholarship winner for the term, resides in Hamlin, PA and is a freshman at Eastern Stroudsburg University where she is majoring in media communications. Her educational and career goals include attending film school and eventually becoming a movie-maker where she can put her screenwriting, directing and camerawork skills to good use.

To date, Progressive U has awarded thousands of dollars towards higher education to outstanding students, in addition to becoming home to nearly 50,000 student bloggers and giving nearly 50 students a chance to learn leadership skills through the ProgressiveU volunteer program. Students from around the country write and maintain blogs that have been picked up by the news media, public policy, and social welfare organizations around the world while others work behind the scenes learning non-profit management skills and maintaining the organizations website.

The Fall 2008 Blogging for Progress Scholarship Contest will begin on September 15, 2008 and run through December 15, 2008.

For more information on the Progressive U Blogging for Progress scholarship award or other programs, please contact Michelle Knoll at or visit the Progressive U website at

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