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August 30, 2007

Fraternal twins from Kentucky earn scholarships to study at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Katherine Sack of Goshen, Ky., is the recipient of the McWane Honors Award to attend Birmingham-Southern College in fall 2007.

The four-year scholarship provides full-tuition, plus an $11,000 annual stipend, and supports summer travel, internships, study abroad programs, and special projects. It is the college's top academic scholarship award.

Her twin sister Alexandra Sack, a National Merit Finalist, will also study at Birmingham-Southern and has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship and housing allowance for four years. She was also awarded the Robert C. Byrd Honor Scholarship.

Katherine Sack's high school honors include National Honor Society, commended student in National Merit Scholarship Program, AP Scholar with honors, Spanish Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She finished high school with a 4.4/4.0 grade-point average in advanced placement curriculum.

Both girls graduated in May from Assumption High School, an all-female school founded in Louisville, Ky., in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy. The private school, with an enrollment of 1,000 women in grades 9-12, awarded its 2007 valedictorian honor to Alexandra Sack and its salutatorian honor to Katherine Sack.

The McWane Honors Award is sponsored by the McWane Corp., a Birmingham pipe manufacturer. It is one of the most inclusive and prestigious undergraduate scholarships available at any college or university in the United States.

The Robert C. Byrd Honor Scholarship recognizes high school seniors with exceptional ability who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. It is funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service.

Katherine and Alexandra Sack will participate in the Honors Program at Birmingham-Southern. They are the daughters of Susan Jinnett-Sack and Michael Sack. Susan Jinnett-Sack is the pastor at Taylorsville United Methodist Church in Spencer County, Ky.

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church that receives consistently high rankings as one of America's best national liberal arts colleges.

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