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MCI ANNOUNCES $50,000 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM; NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BENEFIT

 NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- To help prepare students for the increasingly competitive global marketplace, MCI (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) announced it will offer $50,000 in scholarships through a new program -- the MCI International Scholar Awards.
 This scholarship program is one-half of the $100,000 MCI International Scholar Awards, which will benefit a total of 20 bilingual students in the nation's two largest metropolitan areas, New York and Los Angeles.
 Students fluent in two or more languages and who graduate from the New York City public high school system in the spring of 1994 are eligible for one of 10 $5,000 scholarship grants. Scholarships will be awarded to those students planning to pursue studies in telecommunications, marketing, international or general business, engineering, computer science or communications.
 "College students are faced with new and more critical challenges than ever before. MCI is proud to support New York City students in their pursuit of higher education," said Jerry Taylor, president of MCI Consumer Markets. "The MCI International Scholar Awards were developed to provide financial assistance to bilingual students so that they may advance in the ever-changing world of global communications," Taylor added.
 An international panel of spokesmen and judges has been established, ranging from actor/philanthropist Edward James Olmos to Tadao Fujimatsu, chairman of Japanese Airlines. A complete list of panelists who will review the applications is listed below.
 "I am honored to be involved in this inspiring scholarship program that helps talented youth meet the needs of this demanding global work force," said Olmos. "This tremendous corporate sponsorship will supplement the needs of students striving to better their education and thus play an integral leadership role in their community."
 MCI International Scholar Award applications are available from the city's public high school guidance counselors. The application submission deadline is March 11, 1994, and the scholarship winners will be announced at a special ceremony in June 1994. Those students and educators wishing to receive additional information about the MCI International Scholar Awards should call the MCI Scholar Hotline at 800-MCI-GRAD.
 The MCI Foundation, which is providing this scholarship money, is MCI's corporate vehicle for special financial and in-kind community development focus on education, communication, technology and telephony.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second-largest long distance provider. The fastest-growing carrier of international traffic among the top 20 largest international carriers, MCI offers clear, high-quality direct dial service to more than 250 countries and places around the globe. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family, MCI Prime Time, 1-800-COLLECT, The MCI VideoPhone, MCI HomeConnect, MCI Friends Around the World, MCI Call USA, the MCI Card and the Friends & Family Card.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: MCI has assembled a national panel of business and community leaders in the fields of politics, publishing, business, television and philanthropy who will judge the scholar applications. The panel includes the following members: Parker Ladd, corporate communications, The Penguin Group; Edward James Olmos, actor and philanthropist; Virgo Lee, director, Mayor's Office of Asian Affairs; Alfredo Estrada, editor and publisher, Hispanic Magazine; Gordon MacKay, founding president, National Association of Partners in Education; Tadao Fujimatsu, chairman, Japanese Airlines; Alex Esclamado, publisher, Philippine News; Ti-Hua Chang, investigative reporter, WNBC-New York News; Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Asian American Magazine; Midori Lederer, executive director, Japanese American Social Services.
 MCI INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR AWARDS -- FACT SHEET
 WHAT: $100,000 in scholarship monies will be awarded to bilingual
 Los Angeles and New York City public high school students
 through the MCI International Scholar Awards program. MCI
 will award a total of 20 $5,000 scholarship grants to
 eligible students graduating in spring 1994. The 20
 $5,000 non-renewable grants will be applied toward two-
 or four-year degrees in telecommunications, marketing,
 international or general business, engineering, computer
 science or communications from an accredited college or
 university.
 NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON:
 Edward James Olmos, actor and philanthropist
 JUDGES:
 Los Angeles:
 Judy Chu, councilwoman, Monterey Park; Linda Dishman,
 executive director, L.A. Conservancy; Alex Esclamado,
 editor/publisher, Philippine News; Alfredo Estrada,
 editor/publisher, Hispanic Magazine; Henry Hwang,
 president, Far East Bank; Arte Johnson, actor and
 philanthropist; Parker Ladd, director of corporate
 communications, The Penguin Group; Jeanne Mariani,
 education reporter, Daily News.
 New York:
 Ti-Hua Chang, reporter, NBC News; Alex Esclamado,
 editor/publisher, Philippine News; Alfredo Estrada,
 editor/publisher, Hispanic Magazine; Tadao Fujimatsu,
 Japanese Airlines; Parker Ladd, director of corporate
 communications, The Penguin Group; Midori Lederer,
 executive director, Japanese American Social Services;
 Virgo Lee, director, Mayor's Office for Asian Affairs;
 Gordon MacKay, founding president, National Association of
 Partners in Education; Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Asian
 American Magazine
 Note: Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised
 of representatives from Los Angeles- and New York City-
 based business and industry, government and media. The 20
 $5,000 scholarship grants will be awarded to winners at an
 awards ceremony in June 1994. Applications are available
 through each city's public high school college counselors.
 The application deadline is March 11, 1994.
 For more information on the $100,000 MCI International
 Scholar Awards program, call the MCI Scholar Hotline at
 800-MCI-GRAD./
 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin of MCI, 800-436-9749, or Tracey Weinberg of Weinberg Harris, 410-962-7246, for MCI/
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