Adelphi University to Provide Full Scholarship to Winner of NY Knicks Poetry Competition

Garden City, NY, February 25, 2011 --( In support of a creativity and education initiative by the New York Knicks, Adelphi University is offering a full four-year scholarship to one of the winners of the Knicks Poetry Slam written competition, which finished receiving entries in January. The program aims to provide greater opportunities for high school students to use their poetic skills and talents to pursue higher education. The winner, who must be a current high school senior entering college in the fall of this year, will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a portfolio of work, including an essay, original poems, community service experience, and a resume.

The Knicks will hold an awards ceremony for the winners of the competition before their March 4 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. Adelphi Senior Vice President and Treasurer Timothy P. Burton will make a center court appearance at the game to honor the scholarship recipient.

Since 2003, the Knicks Poetry Slam has served over 20,000 students annually with high school visits, workshops, a college fair, and multimedia poetry competitions. The program, which is in partnership with Urban Word NYC, will present more than $450,000 in college grants and prizes in 2010-2011. This is the first year that Adelphi is sponsoring the competition.

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About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work - the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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