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Briefs: Student wins scholarship

Zachariah Omar Adham of Menlo Park is one of seven students who have been accepted into the Take Five scholarship program at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

The program enables select undergraduates to enroll for a fifth year of study tuition-free, and to explore subjects outside their major area of study.

Mr. Adham, a junior majoring in neuroscience, will do coursework on the theme of public health through the lens of the media. Son of Omar and Mary Adham, he is a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School.

New director of

Service League

Interim director and longtime employee Karen Francone has been named executive director of the Service League of San Mateo County. The league administers programs that help county jail inmates re-enter the community.

Ms. Francone replaces former San Mateo County Supervisor Mike Nevin, who died Dec. 1, 2012. She began working for the Service League in 1990, when she helped launch the first Hope House for recently released female inmates. There are now six Hope Houses, four for women and two for men.

In 2010, the Service League dedicated the Karen Marie Francone Wellness Center, which provides Hope House participants with a health and fitness facility.