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CharitaBulls Awards Four $4,000 College Scholarships

Scholarship winners Rocio Babra, Kristen Sobolewski and Steve Inacker take part in the on-court ceremony honoring the 2004 CharitaBulls scholarship winners at the Bulls home game on April 12.
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    April 14, 2004 -- CharitaBulls, the charity arm of the Chicago Bulls, has announced the recipients of its four 2004 college scholarships. Local high school seniors Rocio Babra (Chicago – John F. Kennedy High School), Steve Inacker (Lake Forest – Lake Forest High School), Kristen Sobolewski (Naperville – Benet Academy) and Lan Tran (Carol Stream – Bartlett High School) were each selected to receive a $4,000 scholarship to use towards their college education costs. The seniors were awarded their scholarships in an on-court ceremony at the Bulls’ last home game of the season versus the Orlando Magic on Monday, April 12.

    The CharitaBulls scholarship committee consisting of Bulls Community Relations representatives Tony Rokita, Jeff Schultz and Mike Ward, Chicago Public Schools representative Dr. Lavergne Little, Phd., William H. Brown Elementary School principal Connie Thomas and Oak Forest Schools elementary teacher Pam Kunkel selected the 2004 recipients. Babra, Sobolewski and Tran received CharitaBulls scholarships based on high school transcripts, extracurricular activities and a written essay. Inacker was awarded the John Paxson Scholarship based on the aforementioned criteria as well as his athletic achievements in swimming and water polo.

    Each year, CharitaBulls sponsors the academic pursuits of four high school seniors in the Chicagoland area. Applications were accepted during January and February from qualified seniors planning to enroll in college courses during the summer or fall of this year.

    Since 1987, CharitaBulls has distributed tens of millions of dollars in support of educational and recreational opportunities for Chicago’s youth. Along with their annual support of the academic pursuits of high school seniors, CharitaBulls has long-standing relationships with Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. The charity also allocates funds to support local non-profit organizations, hospitals and youth centers.