Bell Atlantic Awards Education Connections Scholarship To Logan High Student

Bell Atlantic Awards Education Connections Scholarship To Logan High Student

June 4, 1997

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LOGAN, W.Va. - A Logan High School senior has won a four-year
scholarship from Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, Inc. as part of its
Education Connections program, which was created especially for
children of Bell Atlantic employees working in West Virginia.

Natalie Ann Hale, daughter of Sharlene Hale from Logan, will receive
$2,000 a year for four years toward college expenses, according to
Mike Newman, Bell Atlantic area manager for southern West Virginia.

In addition to Hale, Bell Atlantic awarded Education Connections
scholarships to Robert Douglas Falck from Wheeling Park High School;
Kaitlin Lane Hillenbrand from Charleston Catholic High School, and
Justin Michael Lawrence from South Harrison High School in Lost Creek.
Seven other students received one-time, $500 stipends to offset
college expenses.

"We're proud of these scholars' achievements, and we're pleased that
our Education Connections program will help them reach their academic
goals as they enter college," said Newman. "Bell Atlantic has a
strong record of providing support to education in West Virginia, and
Education Connections continues to be a key component in our overall
education support program. It's also one of the most gratifying for
our company and employees."

Hale is the valedictorian of her class of 258 at Logan High, with a
4.0 grade point average. While at Logan High, she participated in
tennis and cheerleading. Hale plans to major in political science and
pursue a law degree from West Virginia University.

Criteria used in determining this year's winners included overall
grade point average [GPA], combined GPA in science, mathematics,
English and social studies; a student's academic ranking in high
school; American College Testing Program [ACT] composite scores and
leadership in extra-curricular activities. In addition, applicants
were required to write an essay about how technology will impact
graduation requirements and students' knowledge upon graduation.

Judges for this year's Education Connections program were Dr. John
Carrier, president of the West Virginia Institute of Technology in
Montgomery; Dr. Travis Kirkland, president of Southern West Virginia
Community and Technical College, and Dr. Robert Moore, president of
Bluefield State College.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company's telephone company subsidiaries are
the premier providers of local telecommunications and advanced
services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the
high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also
owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and
is actively developing high-growth national and international business
opportunities in all phases of the industry.