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August 13, 1996

CONTACTS: National Urban League -- M. Gasby Greely,
Toni Jones, Max Stamper Aug. 13 - 15: 504/522-5101; After
Aug. 15: 212/310-9023 or NYNEX -- Maureen Flanagan,


today announced that for the second consecutive year it
would provide an award to a promising college student in
each of the 13 National Urban League affiliates located in
its New York and New England service region.

Each student will receive $2,500, an increase from
last year's $1,000 award.

The affiliates will select a recipient based on
academic achievement, leadership and community involvement
exhibited by the individual. The award is a one-time,
non-renewable grant for students enrolled in a two- or
four-year college or vocational school.

"NYNEX's support for our young people is often the
difference in their being able to continue their educational
goals," said National Urban League President Hugh B. Price.
"But our relationship with NYNEX extends well beyond the
educational arena. We've developed partnership programs in
the areas of human resources, job training and hiring,
technology access, communications systems analysis and
community development, as well as education."

"NYNEX shares the Urban League's commitment to higher
education," said NYNEX Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg.
"The recipients of these grants have demonstrated academic
excellence and leadership at school and in the community.
We're delighted to provide the opportunity for them to
further their education and realize future career goals."

NYNEX's awards this year amount to $32,500 and total
$230,000 since 1990 for numerous educational programs and
benefit events. The selected affiliates are located in the
following communities: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Central
Islip, New York City, Syracuse and Westchester County in New
York State; Stamford, Hartford and New Haven, Conn.; Boston
and Springfield, Mass.; and Providence, R.I.

In addition to the scholarship awards, NYNEX this
year also contributed $1,000,000 to the league to build two
technology centers that will train inner-city youth in the
use of computer technology and to fund the launch of a
national public service campaign.

NYNEX is a global communications and media
corporation that provides a full range of services in the
northeastern United States and high-growth markets around
the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand,
Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader
in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory
publishing and video entertainment and information services.

Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is the
premier social service and civil rights organization in
America. The mission of the league is to help African
Americans achieve social and economic parity. The league has
affiliates in 114 cities, 34 states and the District of

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