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Local church group awards MLK scholarships to MHS students

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six Marion High School seniors got a boost to their post-high school education plans recently, as they were awarded $11,500 in scholarships during the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Celebration.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, which have been given out by Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance for about 30 years, are awarded to seniors in the area who are active in an alliance church and are excelling academically. This year's winners from Marion High School and their awards are :

  • LaShaunte Wallace: $3,000 scholarship; plans to study dental hygiene at Indiana University
  • Ta’Nyia Betts: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study business administration at Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Jacob Speikes: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study entrepreneurship at Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Stephen Johnson: $1,500 scholarship; plans to study anthropology at Indiana State University or Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Manual Davis: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice at Central State University
  • Alexis Moore: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice at Ivy Tech Community College
An Anderson High School senior also received a $1,500 scholarship.

The awards were presented during a celebration at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 21. This annual event honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and also emphasizes the importance of education and celebrates local students’ successes.

Ivy Tech Community College's Marion Campus President Alex Huskey, who also serves as pastor at New New Bethany Church of God in Christ, also presented Ivy Tech Community College scholarships to two additional MHS seniors:

  • Jamie McFarland, who plans to study to be a surgical nurse
  • Erica Batchelor, who plans to study dentistry
At the awards ceremony, contributions to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized, including several from the member churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work and success. We wish them luck as they continue their education next year at their chosen colleges!