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April 16, 2004

Frances Marine or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Horne, Colleges and Universities Chancellor Austin and Community Colleges Chancellor Armstrong Join in Presenting the Florida College Student of the Year Award
University of Florida student Anup Patel is awarded prestigious honor

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne, Colleges and Universities Chancellor Debra Austin and Community Colleges Chancellor David Armstrong today joined Florida Leader magazine to present the Florida College Student of the Year award to Anup Patel.

"Anup's hard work has brought him a lot of success and I want all Florida students to be aware of his story," said Education Commissioner Jim Horne. "His love for medicine and genuine dedication to the community will carry him far and help him touch the lives of many."

Patel is an aspiring physician and maintains a 4.0 Grade Point Average in biochemistry and molecular genetics, economics and political science. He divulges his free time in charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Locks of Love, as well as being the founder of Cents of Relief, a non-profit organization that funds part-time doctors in India.

Patel was selected among 78 applicants across Florida who competed in the 17th annual scholarship program. A University of Florida senior, he was awarded nearly $65,000 in scholarships. The Florida College Student Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding Florida college students for their campus leadership, academic excellence, financial self-reliance and campus and community service.

To learn more about Anup Patel and the Florida College Student of the Year Award, please visit www.floridaleader.com/soty.