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Rye High Alumni Honored at White House

RYE, N.Y. - Rye High School alumni Grace Philipp was honored at the White House on Thursday for her involvement in a program that provides small loans and loan counseling to members of her college's local community in Grinnell, Iowa.

Earlier this year Philipp was recognized as a finalist for the White House's "Campus Champions of Change Challenge" competition, which recognizes student run organizations that strive to "win for the future."

Although SEG offers programs that aid people both internationally and domestically, the White House has highlighted SEG's Emergency Loans Program--which offers modest loans to financially strapped individuals within the community.

As part of being recognized as a finalist, Philipp, a senior at Grinnell College in Iowa, and five other members of SEG flew to Washington to deliver a presentation on the program alongside the contest's other four winners.

"I'm so happy about all the attention our group has received," Philipp said. "We hope that our presentation will change the perception of what microfinance can do and how it can be applied domestically."

Philipp and the other winners toured the White House Thursday morning and presented their projects just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday evening Philipp said she was excited about sharing her presentation with the other winners and learning about the projects they put together.

"I'm excited to see our project discussed by other similarly minded people," Philipp said.

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