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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 25, 1997
                    AS VICE-CHAIR AND MEMBER OF THE 

The President today announced his intent to appoint the Honorable Joyce A. Savocchio to serve as Vice-Chair and Member of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.

Joyce A. Savocchio, of Erie, Pennsylvania, is currently completing her second term as Mayor of Erie. She served on Erie City Council from 1981 to 1990. She has been President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities & Municipalities, founder of the Mayor's Roundtable of N.W. Pennsylvania and appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to the Pennsylvania Housing Authority. Mayor Savocchio has received the Edinboro University Distinguished Alumna Award, the Mary Selden Award for Community Service by the Boys and Girls Club of Erie, the Tree of Life Award by the Jewish Foundation of America and was selected as a Distinguished Woman of Pennsylvania. A former educator and high school principal, Mayor Savocchio also garnered Gannon University's Friend of Education Award. In 1981, she was Democratic Woman of the Year and was later named Italian-American Woman of the Year by the Italian-American Women's Association. Mayor Savocchio received a B.A. in History from Mercyhurst College, a M.Ed. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a degree in Secondary School Administration from Edinboro University.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation encourages and supports the research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind. The Board awards fellowships to outstanding individuals, known as Columbus Scholars, to encourage such new discoveries. The Board submits an annual report to the President and Congress.