ANDERSON — The 25th year scholarship awards luncheon, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Madison Park Church of God, 67th Street and Columbus Avenue.
The scholarship program began in 1990 with $20,000 that remained after the commission developed the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Since then, the group has awarded over $200,000 to 75 high-achieving African American students, with grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 per student.
This year, in addition to the award recipients, the commission will also recognize the top 10 African American sixth to eighth grade students from Highland Middle School and sixth to 11th grade students from Anderson Preparatory Academy and the 9th through 11th grade Anderson High School students. Students from Liberty Christian School will also be included.
Awards are granted based on points earned for information submitted by the student application, which includes GPA, SAT score, honors and awards, community activities for which recognition was eared. Each recipient also wrote a 500-word essay on the topic: "What is Good Citizenship." There is also a needs category, where an applicant may earn up to 15 points toward the overall application score.
Contributions may be made to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 2197, Anderson, In., 46018.
The following students will be recognized:
Highland Middle School
Sixth-grade, Taylor Adams (GPA 3.857), Javon Dixon (GPA 3.571), Giyanna Paige (3.667), Tiffany Ross, Calise Youngblood (3.714) and Clifford Youngblood (3.286).
Seventh-grade, Mariah Broadnax (GPA 3.714), Marcus Cullum (GPA 3.667), Nyla Hamilton (GPA 3.714), Brandon Haralson (GPA 4.00), Onarius Jones (GPA 3,667), Sharon Kulali (GPA 3.833), Avery Malone (GPA 3.5), Paige McKnight (GPA 4.00), Tanisa Millhouse (GPA 3.883), Jayce Wilson (CPA 3.286) and Zion Wilson (GPA, 3.286).
Eighth-grade, Jameia Chamberlain (GPA 3.571), Alexis Fairer (GPA 3.714), Darrius Jordan (GPA 2.857), Nakya Lewis (GPA 3.143), Patrick Sawyer (GPA 3.857), Daynia Turner (GPA 3.286), Nauteon Vertner (3.286) and Desirae White, (GPA 3.714).