updated 2/1/2011 10:19:27 AM ET 2011-02-01T15:19:27

ADVISORY, Feb. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a Philadelphia based non-profit organization, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square.

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 first time grant from the NASDAQ OMX Education Foundation to support its efforts to develop and implement programs that prepare academically underserved schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college.

In honor of the occasion, Senator Constance H. Williams, a member of the board of directors of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell. She will be joined by Michael Danziger, Founder of The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston and Nina Weisbord, President of Steppingstone Scholars. Scholars from Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA in will be in attendance, as well as teachers, members of the Steppingstone board of directors and staff.

Where:

NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET     

Contacts:

Steppingstone Scholars:
Dunleavy & Associates
Emily Mackell
(215) 470-5216
emackell@dunleavyassociates.com

NASDAQ MarketSite:
Robert Madden
(646) 441-5045
Robert.Madden@NASDAQOMX.com

Feed Information:

The Closing Bell is available from 3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on AMC-3/C-3 (ul 5985V; dl 3760H). The feed can also be found on Ascent fiber 1623. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Madden (646) 441-5045.

Radio Feed:

An audio transmission of the Closing Bell is also available from 3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on uplink IA6 C band / transponder 24, downlink frequency 4180 horizontal. The feed can be found on Ascent fiber 1623 as well.

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Webcast:

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx

Photos:

To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Close, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market close of your choice.

About Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.:

Steppingstone Scholars is dedicated to helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia Region achieve academic success. Students with the potential and a community of support are prepared for admission to and success at the best public, non-public and independent college preparatory schools through a program of academics, mentoring and support. Steppingstone Scholars works with partner schools to create opportunities that lead to college. For more information about Steppingstone Scholars, please visit www.steppingstonescholars.org or follow Steppingstone Scholars on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/steppingstonescholarsinc ).

About NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation:

The mission of The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation is to promote learning about capital formation, financial markets and entrepreneurship through innovative educational programs. It was established in New York City in 1994 and is supported entirely by contributions from The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

About NASDAQ OMX:

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with approximately 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com. *Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nasdaqomx) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx).

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