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2004 Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards

The League for Innovation in the Community College and Platinum Partner Microsoft Corporation are pleased to announce the selection of J. Scott Fisher , Lethbridge Community College (Alberta, Canada), and Michael Ray Ort , St. Philip's College (TX), as the 2004 Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champions. Microsoft sponsors the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champions awards annually in honor of Terry O'Banion, Senior League Fellow and President Emeritus of the League.

The students selected for this year's awards demonstrated a special passion for technology that is leading them to pursue a career in IT. Family responsibilities were special considerations for both award winners, whose dedication and commitment to pursuing a better future for themselves and their families are inspirational. "Michael's motivation, ambition, and scholarship make him the outstanding candidate for this annual award," said Microsoft's Diana Carew, Worldwide Program Manager for Higher Education. "Scott's passion for programming, technology, and the solutions they provide will serve him well in his chosen career goal as a programmer. Both Michael and Scott demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a work ethic desperately needed in the workforce today. It is our hope that the honoraria will help them complete their education and achieve their degrees and career goals."

The winning students are designated as Student Technology Champion (Michael) and Student Developer Champion (Scott). The winning students each receive $5,000 plus a variety of software products from Microsoft. The winning letters of nomination will be read during the League's Innovations 2004 conference in San Francisco, California and Microsoft will produce a video of this year's winners to show at the 2004 Conference on Information Technology, November 7-10 in Tampa, Florida. Announcements of the winning scholars will be made on Microsoft's website and on the League's website.