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MARY KAY NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM AWARDS $100,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO 20 FEMALE STUDENTS

DALLAS, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- This month, the Mary Kay National Scholars Program, funded by the Mary Kay Foundation and administered by the Horatio Alger Association, awarded $5,000 scholarships to 20 female high school seniors who are pursuing college educations. (See below for scholarship recipient in your area.)

The Horatio Alger Association is renowned for honoring Americans who have overcome adversity in their lives to achieve tremendous success. The Mary Kay National Scholars Program upholds the same criteria for selection of scholarship recipients, reaching out to those young women who, despite the hardship in their lives, are determined to go on college and are in critical need of assistance. In keeping with its commitment to helping women succeed personally and financially, Mary Kay Inc. further exemplifies its dedication to the advancement of women via its scholarship program.

The students selected had to demonstrate self-reliance, integrity, determination and perseverance in overcoming adversity; critical financial need; academic potential, as determined by test scores, grades and recommendations; participation in co-curricular school activities; commitment to the community as evidenced through volunteer work or other forms of service; and potential and aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.

Selection of the Mary Kay National Scholars is done by the Horatio Alger Association through its National Scholarship Committee, comprising five of the association's members.

Mary Kay is the best-selling brand of skin care and color cosmetics in the U.S. The Mary Kay line includes more than 200 premium products in nine categories: facial skin care, color cosmetics, nail care, hair care, body care, sun protection, fragrances, men's skin care and nutritional supplements. More than 20 million U.S. consumers purchase approximately 150 million Mary Kay products each year. There are more than 425,000 independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultants operating their own businesses in 25 countries worldwide.
 1996 Mary Kay National Scholar Recipients
 Recipient City, State
 Jackie M. Carter Jonesboro, Ark.
 Leticia M. Scearce Nogales, Ariz.
 Evelyn J. Lane Oroville, Calif.
 Nicole D. Brown Washington, DC
 Shemika N. Perry Frederica, Del.
 Roberta Gilmore Miami, Fla.
 Rachel R. Holloway Shady Dale, Ga.
 Kyra A. Rains New Providence, Iowa
 Janet C. Brady East Galesburg, Ill.
 Jayne E. Stegemiller Moores Hill, Ind.
 Taryn D. Aller Hiawatha, Kan.
 Joy M. Helmig Columbia, Mo.
 Julie Friedland Mercerville, N.J.
 Vanessa D. Romero Wagon Mound, N.M.
 Janee H. Jett Laverne, Okla.
 Jacklyn Craig Norwood, Pa.
 Milagros Lopez San Juan, PR
 Frances D. Gentry Spartanburg, SC
 Rebecca E. Bissell Fairview, Tenn.
 Traci R. Hodges Fort Worth, Texas
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/CONTACT: Shelley Whiddon, 214-687-5220, or Karen Harris, 214-687-5330, both of Mary Kay, Inc./

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