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April 6's Walk For Turner Holds
Special Meaning For Michael Alexander

Date: April 1, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Andrew Higley, Lisa Ventre
Archive: Campus News

When the Walk for Turner gets under way at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 6, Michael Alexander will be one participant who understands the walk's importance like few others.

Michael AlexanderThe UC freshmen is the current recipient of a Darwin T. Turner scholarship made possible by the annual walk. A 2001 graduate of Youngstown's Boardman High School, Alexander thanks the scholarship program for the opportunity to attend UC without having to work part-time as a freshmen in engineering. "Without the scholarship I could make it here, but it would be a lot harder," said Alexander, who graduated 10th out of 414 in the class of 2001. He now majors in mechanical engineering.

At 20, Alexander is a little older than some of the first-year students at UC. His parents held him back for one year more of kindergarten at his teacher's recommendation. With a 3.89 GPA so far at UC, he believes they made a wise choice.

Walk for Turner 2001

The goal for this year's walk is $100,000, which would provide four, four-year scholarships including tuition, fees and books. Last year's walk raised more than $40,000.

Walk-in registration is welcome. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the African American Cultural and Research Center, with stretching at 9:30 a.m. and the walk from 10 a.m. to noon. Walkers must have paying sponsors. A drawing will be held for those with more than $100 in sponsorships.

The five-mile walk through campus, Burnet Woods and the surrounding gaslight benefits the Turner Scholars Program, which began in 1976 at UC under the name Minority Scholars Program. In 1991, the name was changed in honor of the youngest person to have graduated from UC, Darwin T. Turner, who received his bachelor's in 1947 at age 16.

Walk information: Bleuzette Marshall, Student Affairs and Services
Phone: (513) 556-2204
E-mail: bleuzette.marshall@uc.edu

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