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The Master Singers of Virginia announce its scholarship winner for 2005. Nancy Ann Ballhagen, a 2005 graduate of Park View High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to pursue studies in music education at Virginia Tech this fall. The award was presented to her at the Master Singers' concert in Leesburg in May. The Master Singers established the scholarship in 2004; it is awarded to a graduating senior from Loudoun County who will attend an accredited institution of higher learning for studies related to choral music. The field of study may include choral music, voice, choral conducting, or choral music education.

High-school students who visit four Virginia private colleges during the ninth annual Virginia Private College Week, Aug. 1-6, will receive application fee waivers redeemable at any three private colleges in the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).At Shenandoah University, campus tours, beginning at the Office of Admissions, will be offered Monday-Friday, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Information sessions follow each campus tour. On Saturday, Aug. 6, a campus tour will be offered at 9 a.m. followed by an information session. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to call the colleges beforehand and make an appointment.

For more information on Virginia Private College Week, contact the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia at 540-586-0606, or visit www.cicv.org. Or, call ShenandoahÕs Office of Admissions at 540-665-4581 or visit www.su.edu.

Colleges participating in Virginia Private College Week are: Averett University, Danville; Bluefield College, Bluefield;

Bridgewater College, Bridgewater; Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg; Emory & Henry College, Emory; Ferrum College, Ferrum; Hampden-Sydney, Hampden-Sydney; Hampton University, Hampton; Hollins University, Roanoke; Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke; Lynchburg College, Lynchburg; Marymount University, Arlington; Mary Baldwin College, Staunton; Randolph-Macon College, Ashland; Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg; Roanoke College, Salem; Saint Paul's College, Lawrenceville; Shenandoah University, Winchester; Sweet Briar College, Amherst; University of Richmond, Richmond; Virginia Intermont College, Bristol; Virginia Union University, Richmond; Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk/Virginia Beach; and Washington and Lee University, Lexington.

Dominion High School will hold its 3rd Annual Community picnic "Taste of Titan Territory 3." As part of the traditions established at Dominion High School, in mid-August, the school hosts a community picnic for all faculty, families and businesses within the Dominion cluster. This year's event is Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4-7 p.m., on the grounds of Dominion High School. Families of the new Loudoun County Academy of Science Ñ housed within DHS Ñ are invited to attend. Take part in the famous Titan "T" ceremony and picture. Bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. All are welcome.

Scott Miller of Sterling was awarded a $2,000 Drive Your Future scholarship sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA. Miller will attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mercedes-Benz USA will award a total of $1 million in scholarship funding to 500 college-bound students nationwide who are the first in their families to attend college. Nearly 2,000 high-school seniors applied for the scholarships this year and were selected based on financial need and exceptional achievement in the areas of academic performance, leadership and school and community activities.

Ninth-grader Rebecca Young of Dulles has been named to the academic honor roll for the spring term at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, Mass., an independent boarding school with an enrollment of 890 students.

A student from Ashburn, Yasmeen Hossain, is among the 76 recipients of one of the largest, most competitive graduate scholarships in the U.S. She was chosen from among 1,290 nominees submitted by more than 600 universities. Each scholarship is worth up to $50,000 per year for up to six years. The expected total value of the scholarships is $13.27 million by the time the studentsÕ complete their degrees Ñ and $3 million next year alone. With these awards, the Loudoun-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded more than 500 scholarship in all its programs in its first five years.