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Sabre Funds Additional Programs to Recruit/Retain Minority Students

July 19, 2002

Sabre, Inc. has provided an additional $20,000 to computer science and engineering student organizations at The University of Texas at Arlington to support outreach activities, scholarships and mentoring targeted to underrepresented minority populations and women. The funds will be used to enlarge similar programs funded by Sabre in 2001.

The student organizations involved in the programs are the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Each group can receive funds by developing and conducting programs for these areas: Outreach ($6,000 to be awarded) - to increase and improve outreach activities designed to encourage minorities and females to consider and prepare for college study in computer science or engineering subjects. Scholarships ($10,500 to be awarded) - for incoming freshman minority and female student members of the ACM, NSBE, SHPE or SWE. Up to seven scholarships may be awarded. Tutoring/mentoring ($3,500 to be awarded) - to develop and conduct efforts to assist current minority and female students in their computer science and engineering studies so that they remain in college.

Computer Science and Engineering Chair Behrooz Shirazi, Ph.D., credits Sabre’s original 2001 funding of Student Leadership Scholarships for noticeable gains in student participation and retention. Sabre, the leading provider of technology, distribution and marketing services for the travel industry, has continually looked to UTA as a source for highly qualified and enthusiastic employees in computer-related fields.

For additional information on Sabre’s community outreach programs, please contact Kathi Fowler, Community Relations, 682-605-2247 or kathi.fowler@sabre.com.

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