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IU Northwest awards scholarships to Emerson neighborhood students

Monday Sep 10, 2012


The Indiana University Foundation and the Emerson Scholarship Community Panel are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-13 Emerson Neighborhood Scholarships.

Four IU Northwest students who reside in the Emerson neighborhood of Gary each received $4,000 toward their tuition and fees this academic year.

To be considered, students who reside in the Emerson community are invited annually to submit an application and a short essay. A Community Panel comprised of Gary community members, IU Northwest alumni, current teachers or administrators in the Gary Public School Corporation, and representatives from IU Northwest, considers the applications and determines scholarship awards.

The 2012-13 recipients are:

DeShanna Alexander, Nursing

Doris Beard, Fine Arts

Andrea Black, Business Administration

DavChonda Williamson, Nursing

Recipients must be an undergraduate at IU Northwest who are enrolled for 12 credit hours,  maintain a grade point average of at least 2.7 and demonstrate financial need.

The Emerson Neighborhood Scholarship was established in 2009 by a Marion County Court order directing $675,000 from the former Gary Urban Enterprise Association (GUEA) into a fund for scholarships to benefit Emerson neighborhood residents attending Indiana University Northwest. The GUEA had been part of a statewide program to promote economic growth in struggling geographic areas.

Since the scholarship was created, a total of 12 scholarships have been awarded to Emerson residents, providing $40,000 in educational assistance.

“This endowed scholarship enables IU Northwest to contribute substantially to supporting the community in a way that will directly benefit the residents for whom this money was originally intended,” said IU Northwest Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Georj Lewis. “The scholarship is one way the mission of supporting economic growth in the Emerson neighborhood can live on and benefit the residents of Emerson.”

For more information on the Emerson Scholarship, please contact Mary Lee at (219) 980-6702.

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