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Congressman Fattah’s Higher Education Conference Turns 25

Founder Will Keynote Weekend Event, Introduce High Achieving Alumni

PHILADELPHIA Feb. 18, 2011 Chaka Fattah Philadelphia

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Stanford Frey the United States

"Conference alumni have gone on to perform the important work of our nation as innovators, inventors, engineers, scientists, doctors and lawyers, and the Conference will continue that momentum this weekend," Fattah said. "Momentum is the motto and watchword for the Higher Education Conference. The goal is to bring together underserved students, often from modest backgrounds, to inspire and equip them to reach higher."

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"Dr. Frey is a living example of what our young people can do, regardless of their family or background, when they are given a chance – an equal opportunity – to pursue their studies," Fattah said.

Dr. Frey was speaking at the Conference on Friday as part of a professional panel and an Alumni Reflections program. She is currently associated with Abington Memorial Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Her work with child victims of the Haitian earthquake has been featured in the news media.

Fattah, a leading Congressional advocate for education reform, opportunity and financial equity, especially involving access to higher education, said, "It is inspiring to meet these young people, the leaders of tomorrow, who will lead our nation to its next generation of greatness. When we invest in educating our young people we are investing in a better America."

The Higher Education Conference culminates Fattah’s busy week on behalf of educational reform and opportunity – a series of events that stitch together the theme that has informed the Congressman’s work throughout his public life: equal educational opportunity from pre-school to professional school.

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Fattah will be a busy participant at the Higher Education Conference. In addition to Saturday evening’s keynote he will meet with STEM Fellows — young men and women who attended earlier conferences as undergrads and are currently enrolled in advanced degree programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Panels throughout the conference will include such topics as how to prepare for entrance tests and navigate the college admissions process, how to apply for financial aid, and "what the current economic crisis means to me."

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