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THE BOSTON COMPANY OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INNER-CITY BOSTON HIGH SCHOOLERS TO JOIN EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS

 THE BOSTON COMPANY OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INNER-CITY BOSTON HIGH
 SCHOOLERS TO JOIN EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS
 BOSTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 100 inner-city Boston high school science students get a glimpse Saturday of Earthwatch scientific research studies from around the world -- and the chance of a lifetime to join an expedition for two weeks this summer, sponsored by The Boston Company.
 Students from 22 Boston public and parochial schools were invited to attend the 11th annual Earthwatch conference, always one of the largest interdisciplinary gatherings of field researchers in the country. Expedition scholarships based on winning essays will be awarded to 20 students, half from inner-city schools and paid for by The Boston Company.
 Following the Earthwatch conference theme of "Leadership for a Changing World," The Boston Company Student Challenge Awards scholarship contest invites attending students to write a two-part essay -- on leadership for the future and on individual aspirations for the environment. Submissions, due April 1, will be judged by a panel from the Boston Company and Earthwatch.
 Scholarship winners will be invited to join EarthCorps volunteers during summer vacation at one of nearly 150 Earthwatch projects in 25 states and 40 countries. Covering scientific disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology, Earthwatch expeditions vary from studying affects of pesticides on Lake Naivasha in Nairobi, one of two fresh water lakes in Africa, to excavating the volcanic ruins of Pompeii, Italy.
 "The Boston Company and Earthwatch agree that an investment in learning yields the highest return. This chance to meet and talk with Earthwatch researchers may well spur some of these bright youngsters into careers in the sciences," said George Carmany, chief administrative officer of The Boston Company.
 "The Boston Company ideal of being a good corporate citizen in the communities where we work and live, in this regard, includes our global community. This initiative with Earthwatch will give students a unique appreciation of the evolving status of this fragile planet and hopefully inspire them to consider how they can become involved in bringing about change for the better," said Carmany.
 Participating students will be bused by The Boston Company to and from the Harvard University Science Center for Saturday's presentations by some 75 Earthwatch scientists. The all-day public forum highlights the organization's annual meeting which opens Thursday night with a debate at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge -- on the challenges of managing global changes -- among a panel of scientists and economists, including Allen Sinai, chief economist of The Boston Company.
 Earthwatch, headquartered in Watertown, Mass., is a non-profit institution that sponsors scholarly field research by finding volunteers to help scientists on research expeditions around the world. Its mission is to improve understanding of the planet, the diversity of its inhabitants and the processes which affect the quality of life on earth. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has mobilized some 1,381 projects in 111 countries and 36 states with some 32,000 EarthCorps volunteers contributing more than $20 million and 2,715,264 hours of time.
 The Boston Company is an international financial services firm with more than $289 billion in client assets under custody and $30 billion in client assets under management. The Boston Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shearson Lehman Brothers, Inc., an American Express company.
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 /CONTACT: James Larkin of The Boston Company, 617-722-7671; Kara Bettigole of Earthwatch, 617-926-8200; or Dick Taffe of Nicolazzo & Associates, 617-227-4150/ CO: The Boston Company, Earthwatch ST: Massachusetts IN: FIN SU:


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