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USD Announces Winners of Inaugural ``Kyoto Youth Scholar Discovery Awards;'' Six Outstanding San Diego and Baja High School Students to Receive Total of $60,000.

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University of San Diego President Mary Lyons, in collaboration with The Inamori Foundation, today announced the six winners of the inaugural Kyoto Youth Scholar Discovery Awards. Named in honor of the Kyoto Prize, Japan's highest private award for lifetime achievement, these first-ever cash scholarships are the result of an international essay contest that began in November 2003 for high school juniors and seniors throughout San Diego County and the greater Tijuana region.

The awards will be made in three categories reflecting the three annual Kyoto Prizes: Advanced Technology; Basic Sciences; and Arts and Philosophy. Each award will include a $10,000 gift to support the winner's higher education goals, funded entirely by the March 3 benefit gala "The Many Faces of the Kyoto Prize," an overture to San Diego's 2004 Kyoto Laureate Symposium ( Three American and three Mexican winners will be honored during the Symposium's Opening Ceremony the following day.

Winning in the Advanced Technology category are Ian Goodfellow of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, and Sandra Guzman Martinez of Instituto Cuauhtlatohuac, A.C., both writing about 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. George McClelland Whitesides.

Winning in the Basic Sciences category are James Zou of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, and Carlos Alberto Cabrera Gonzalez, of Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Industrial y de Servicios (CBTIS) #116 in Tijuana, both writing about 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Eugene Newman Parker.

Winning in the Arts and Philosophy category are Shayla Mulvey, from University of San Diego High School in San Diego, and Roxana Rosas Fregoso, from CBTIS #155 in Tijuana, both writing about 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureate Maestro Tamao Yoshida.

"USD is extremely pleased with the supporters who have made these Kyoto Youth Scholar Discovery Awards possible, ranging from business and community leaders to the San Diego County Office of Education," said Dr. Donald J. McGraw, USD's Associate Provost and Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the 2004 Kyoto Laureate Symposium. "Further, if not for the efforts of our Judging Committee, a large panel of academic leaders chaired by Dr. Lilly Cheng of San Diego State University (SDSU), selecting these winners would have been immeasurably difficult."

The cash value of the awards, McGraw added, reflects the generosity of gala sponsors and the enthusiastic fund-raising of the Gala Host Committee, co-chaired by Malin Burnham, Chairman of the Burnham Companies; Tom Fat, President of Fat City, Inc.; and Dr. Marsha Chandler, Acting Chancellor of University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

The Kyoto Youth Scholar Discovery Awards were modeled after the philosophy of the Kyoto Prize. Award applicants were asked to write essays on the inspiration they have found in studying the lives and works of the current Kyoto Prize Laureates, and how that knowledge affects their vision of their own future.

The Kyoto Prize

Now in its 19th year, the Kyoto Prize is awarded by The Inamori Foundation of Kyoto, Japan, each November 10. It consists of academic honors, a gold medal and a cash award of 50 million yen (approximately $450,000), presented before representatives of Japan's Imperial Family and an audience of about 1,500 global dignitaries. By honoring a lifetime of achievement within a given field, the Kyoto Prize differs fundamentally from the Nobel Prize, to which it is sometimes compared.

The 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureates include Harvard University professor Dr. George McClelland Whitesides, who received the prize in Advanced Technology for his pioneering work in nanotechnology; Dr. Eugene Newman Parker, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, who received the prize in Basic Sciences for his contributions to the field of astrophysics, including his theoretical prediction of the solar wind and development of the field of magnetohydrodynamics; and Maestro Tamao Yoshida, a "living national treasure" of Japan, who received the prize in Arts and Philosophy for his lifelong work in the Japanese performance art of Bunraku puppetry.

The Kyoto Laureate Symposium

San Diego's Kyoto Laureate Symposium is a three-day celebration of the lives and works of those receiving the Kyoto Prize. The 2004 Symposium is hosted by USD and co-hosted by both UCSD and SDSU. Major events include the overture Gala, March 3, 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel; the Opening Ceremony and presentation of the Kyoto Youth Scholar Discovery Awards, Thursday, March 4, 1:30 p.m., at SDSU's Smith Recital Hall; presentations by the 2003 Kyoto Prize laureates in Advanced Technology and Basic Sciences, March 4, 4:00 p.m. at USD's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater; and a rare performance of Bunraku puppetry by students of Tamao Yoshida, Friday, March 5, 1:00 p.m., at USD's Shiley Theater. With the exception of the Gala, all events are open to the public, free of charge. A complete schedule of events is available at For Gala details, contact the Alarus Agency at 619-235-4542.

About the Inamori Foundation

The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Kyocera Corporation and Honorary Advisor to KDDI Corporation. The Foundation's Kyoto Prize reflects Dr. Inamori's belief that human beings have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humankind and all the world -- and that society's future can be assured only when there is a balance between scientific development and the enrichment of the human spirit. It is characteristic of the Kyoto Prize that it is presented in appreciation not only of outstanding human achievements but also of the spirit that motivated each laureate's contributions to society.

About University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.
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