FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        June 21, 2010

Scholarship Awarded to McLean, VA, Senior

Journalism Major Chosen as Recipient 

            Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA) Including Neighboring Countries (INC) is proud to announce that David P. Webber of McLean, Virginia, has been selected as the recipient of its second annual college scholarship in the amount of $2,500.     

            Adopted from Russia as an infant in 1992, David has a love of writing and plans to major in Journalism. He has immersed himself in learning Russian and plans to maintain his interest in Russia by including it in his college curriculum. In his scholarship application essay, David notes, “I began taking Russian, finding success in competitions like the National Russian Essay Contest and the Russian Olympiad at George Mason University. I plan to continue Russian in college because I enjoy it immensely.”

           No stranger to obstacles, David was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) in the fifth grade. Hoping to help others, David shared his challenges with ADD through the national publication, ADDitude, a magazine for children and adults dealing with ADD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). David is an inspiration for others overcoming similar obstacles. He plans to pursue a career in journalism that allows him to continue to write and inspire others. David will attend DePaul University in Chicago starting in August 2010. He expects to graduate in 2014.

           A well-rounded student, David attended Langley High School and maintained an above-average grade point average. His education includes advanced placement courses in Language and Composition, writing workshops at George Mason University, and a six-week summer internship with Private E.Y.E. (Educating Youth through Employment) focusing on job skills. David was also a foreign exchange student in Russia in 2009. His extra-curricula pursuits include three-years working for the school paper, studying the piano for 14 years, participating in soccer and high school football, as well as volunteering his time through Boy Scouts and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and his local parish. A citizen of three countries, David has opportunities to travel to numerous countries, giving him a broad view of the world.

           David received a strong recommendation from his school guidance counselor, Judy Avis from Langley High School. "David is a modest, gentle soul with a great sense of humor and an ability to remain calm and positive in every circumstance. When things get tough academically he stays focused and consistent with his effort. I have never known him to give up. David is adaptable to new situations as he has travelled extensively. I am pleased to recommend David for your scholarship.”

                      “The entire FRUA National Board and the FRUA-Greater Washington DC Chapter congratulate David and his family,” said Sue Gainor, FRUA National Board Chair. “We are proud to have such a dedicated, intelligent, and articulate young man as the second recipient of our scholarship program. We look forward to learning more about his progress as he pursues his studies. We wish him continued success and best wishes for what can only be a bright future!”

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