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EPI Presents Annual Leadership Awards to Senator Webb and Congressman Fattah

WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2010 — The Educational Policy Institute presented their 2010 Leadership in Education awards to Senator Jim Webb and Congressman Chaka Fattah this week at EPI’s National Capitol Summit in Washington, DC.


Senator Webb was honored for his leadership on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Senator introduced the Post-9/11 GI Bill on January 3, 2007—his first day in office, which was finally signed into law on June 30, 2008. The landmark legislation provides veterans of the post-9/11 era with comprehensive educational benefits similar to those provided to veterans of WWII.

Senator Webb has recently introduced The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2009 to focus on providing second chances to those who may have interrupted their educational experiences and now wish to resume their studies.

EPI President Dr. Watson Scott Swail with Senator Jim Webb

Congressman Fattah, currently serving in his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Second Congressional District of Pennsylvania, is honored for his consistent support of American youth and educational opportunity.

Congressman Chaka Fattah at the EPI National Capitol Summit

The Congressman is a longtime leader on urban and educational policy and is largely responsible for the creation of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, better known as GEAR UP. Since 1999, GEAR UP has contributed nearly $2 billion toward the educational advancement of low-income students. Now the largest pre-college awareness program in our nation’s history, GEAR UP has prepared millions of students from America’s inner-cities not only to enter college, but to succeed once there.

Fattah also created the Fattah Conference on Higher Education, which over two decades has made over $33 million in scholarships available to put minority students into graduate school.

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