SBC Foundation Awards Scholarships To Local Students

New Haven, Connecticut, September 28, 2004

As students return to college this fall, the SBC Foundation — the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. — announced that thirty-eight local students from the New Haven area will receive scholarships to attend colleges and universities. To help offset the rising college tuition rates for the coming year, the SBC Scholarship program awarded more than $5 million in college scholarships to more than 1,900 children of SBC employees and retirees.

Since 1993, the SBC Foundation has invested a total of $35 million in student scholarships, providing financial assistance to more than 4,000 students. In 2004, 630 students will receive SBC Foundation scholarships for the first time, and 1,311 students will renew their scholarships.

A list of the scholarship recipients in the New Haven Register's coverage area is included at the end of this document.

The price of a college education continues to increase and place a financial burden on many families. According to The College Board's 2003 Trends in College Pricing, annual average prices for undergraduate tuition and fees at a four-year public college or university increased 14.1 percent for the 2003-2004 academic year to $4,694. Average private four-year college tuition and fees increased 6.0 percent for the same timeframe and were estimated to be $19,710.

"The SBC Scholarship Program helps our employees' families meet the challenges of escalating tuition and enables students to achieve their educational potential," said Forrest Miller, SBC group president of external affairs and planning.

SBC Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing undergraduate study at accredited four-year and two-year colleges and universities and military academies in the United States. Students who maintain specified academic guidelines can renew their scholarships annually. The competitive scholarship selection process is based on an individual's overall merit, including academics, leadership skills and work experience.

"The SBC Scholarship Program is part of the SBC Foundation's broader support for education initiatives," said Laura Sanford, president of the SBC Foundation. "We believe that with support and access to resources, every child can achieve academic success. We congratulate the 2004 scholarship recipients and wish them a lifetime of success."

Students attending two-year colleges will each receive a $1,500 scholarship; those attending four-year colleges or universities will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and those attending military academies will receive a one-time honorarium of $2,000 from the SBC Foundation.

The SBC Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2004. In the past two decades, SBC Communications and the SBC Foundation have contributed more than $1 billion to nonprofit organizations and affiliates across the country. Education is a primary funding priority for the SBC Foundation. Since 1995, the SBC Foundation has distributed more than $204 million to fund education programs that promote academic excellence for all students.

The SBC Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SBC Communications Inc. The SBC Foundation supports efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide, particularly those with an emphasis on education and technology and those that benefit underserved populations. SBC Foundation-backed programs are designed to increase access to information technologies, broaden technology training and professional skills development, and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development. The Foundation Center has consistently ranked the SBC Foundation among the nation's top six corporate foundations. In 2002, the SBC Foundation launched SBC Excelerator, a multimillion dollar competitive grants program that funds nonprofit organizations in their efforts to digitally connect communities.

SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 24 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation's leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also now offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.

New Scholarship Recipients — New Haven Register Coverage Area

David DuPaul, East Haven
Mr. DuPaul will use his scholarship to continue his education at Trinity College where he is majoring in physics and math.

Erica Daurio, Guilford
Ms. Daurio will use her scholarship to continue her education at the University of Connecticut where she is majoring in animal science.

Lynn McGregor, Guilford
Ms. McGregor will use her scholarship to attend Yale University where she will major in chemical engineering.

Caroline Black, Hamden
Ms. Black will use her scholarship to attend Boston College where she will major in art.

Kathleen Capuras, Hamden
Ms. Capuras will use her scholarship to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she will major in engineering.

Shayna Margolis, Hamden
Ms. Margolis will use her scholarship to attend Ithaca College where she will major in journalism.

Catherine O'Neil, Hamden
Ms. O'Neil will use her scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut where she will major in biology.

Christian Thompson, Hamden
Mr. Thompson will use his scholarship to attend the University of Hartford where he will major in acoustics and music.

Jessica Deimel, Killingworth
Ms. Deimel will use her scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she will be undecided.

Nicole Grabell, Milford
Ms. Grabell will use her scholarship to attend the Manhattan College where she will major in psychology.

Erin Hewitt, North Haven
Ms. Hewitt will use her scholarship to attend Butler University where he will major in pharmaceutical science.

Jillian Felie, Old Saybrook
Ms. Felie will use her scholarship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she will major in biology.

Matthew Flagge, Shelton
Mr. Flagge will use his scholarship to attend Yale University where he will be undecided.

Laura Figerle, Stratford
Ms. Figerle will use her scholarship to continue her education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she is undecided.

Rosanne Carlo, Wallingford
Ms. Carlo will use her scholarship to attend Eastern Connecticut State University where she will major in English.

Melissa Rogers, Wallingford
Ms. Rogers will use her scholarship to attend Providence College where she will major in biology.


Renewed Scholarships — New Haven Register Coverage Area

Kate Biesadecki, Ansonia
Ms. Biesadecki will use her scholarship to continue her education at Quinnipiac University where she is studying to be a physician's assistant. This is the second year Ms. Biesadecki has been awarded a scholarship.

Jennifer Bayles, Branford
Ms. Bayles will use her scholarship to continue her education at the University of Delaware where she majors in biological science. This is the second year Ms. Bayles has been awarded a scholarship.

Melissa McGow, Branford
Ms. McGow will use her scholarship to continue her education at Providence College where she majors in education. This is the second year Ms. McGow has been awarded a scholarship.

Danielle Rettig, Branford
Ms. Rettig will use her scholarship to continue her education at the University of Connecticut where she majors in elementary education. This is the fourth year Ms. Rettig has been awarded a scholarship.

Derek Jones, East Haven
Mr. Jones will use his scholarship to continue his education at Temple University where he has a double major in film and art. This is the third year Mr. Jones has been awarded a scholarship.

David Goldberg, Guilford
Mr. Goldberg will use his scholarship to continue his education at Bridgewater State College where he is majoring in aviation science. This is the second year Mr. Goldberg has been awarded a scholarship.

Antonio Liguori, Guilford
Mr. Liguori will use his scholarship to continue his education at Fairfield University where he majors in finance. This is the third year Mr. Liguori has been awarded a scholarship.

Teresa Bernardi, Hamden
Ms. Bernardi will use her scholarship to continue her education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she majors in electrical engineering. This is the third year Ms. Bernardi has been awarded a scholarship.

Monica Fanesi, Hamden
Ms. Fanesi will use her scholarship to continue her education at Providence College where she majors in political science. This is the fourth year Ms. Fanesi has been awarded a scholarship.

Colin Kelley, Hamden
Mr. Kelley will use his scholarship to continue his education at the University of Connecticut where he majors in physics. This is the third year Mr. Kelley has been awarded a scholarship.

Vanessa Leary, Madison
Ms. Leary will use her scholarship to continue her education at Fairfield University where she is majoring in psychology. This is the second year Ms. Leary has been awarded a scholarship.

Yevgeniy Bronshteyn, New Haven
Mr. Bronshteyn will use his scholarship to continue his education at Brandeis University where he is majoring in computer science. This is the second year Mr. Bronshteyn has been awarded a scholarship.

Joshua Fairchild, New Haven
Mr. Fairchild will use his scholarship to continue his education at the University of Connecticut where he is majoring in English. This is the second year Mr. Fairchild has been awarded a scholarship.

Megan Carney, North Haven
Ms. Carney will use her scholarship to continue her education at Roger Williams University where she is majoring in business marketing. This is the second year Ms. Carney has been awarded a scholarship.

Lindsey Bowman, Old Saybrook
Ms. Bowman will use her scholarship to continue her education at Washington College where she is majoring in English. This is the second year Ms. Bowman has been awarded a scholarship.

Nicole Massini, Old Saybrook
Ms. Massini will use her scholarship to continue her education at the University of Connecticut where she is majoring in business. This is the second year Ms. Massini has been awarded a scholarship.

Timothy Johnston, Orange
Mr. Johnston will use his scholarship to continue his education at Muhlenberg College where he is a pre-med major. This is the second year Mr. Johnston has been awarded a scholarship.

Christina Siena, Orange
Ms. Siena will use her scholarship to continue her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is the second year Ms. Siena has been awarded a scholarship.

Patrick Lombardi, Shelton
Mr. Lombardi will use his scholarship to continue his education at Yale University. This is the third year Mr. Lombardi has been awarded a scholarship.

Brian Tims, Shelton
Mr. Tims will use his scholarship to continue his education at the University of Connecticut. This is the second year Mr. Tims has been awarded a scholarship.

Raysheeta Dickey, West Haven
Ms. Dickey will use her scholarship to continue her education at Delaware State University where she is majoring in primary education. This is the second year Ms. Dickey has been awarded a scholarship.

Taylor Denis, Woodbridge
Ms. Denis will use her scholarship to continue her education at the College of the Holy Cross where she is majoring in political science. This is the second year Ms. Denis has been awarded a scholarship.