For Immediate Release
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November 15, 1999
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IU Northwest Receives Largest Scholarship in its History
Two Gary residents, Jessica Brown and Cassandra Martinez, were named as the first recipients of the new City of Gary Scholarship at Indiana University Northwest. The scholarship was recently awarded to Brown, an accounting major, and Martinez, an education major, and covers the cost of tuition, books and fees. The scholarship can also be renewable if scholastic standards are maintained.

According to IU Northwest officials, the new City of Gary Scholarship in the amount of $500,000 is the largest scholarship received by the university in its history. A local couple, who asked to remain anonymous, personally funded the first year of the scholarship commitment. They have agreed to contribute the remaining funds within the next four years. Mayor Scott King of Gary has also pledged support to match the funding provided by the couple in the subsequent years.

One of the anonymous donors and King received scholarships as young men. They say they know from personal experience how important it is to have educational opportunities provided to individuals who may not otherwise have access to the tradition of higher education.

Within the next four years, this scholarship will provide for 10 students from the City of Gary to attend IU Northwest. Students applying for the scholarship must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75, may major in any discipline, but must be in a baccalaureate program.

IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland says the City of Gary Scholarship is an excellent opportunity to help university students gear themselves for new challenges facing society today and in the future. He added that the individuals who have donated to the new scholarship fund, also show a great commitment to education.

"The donors and Mayor King have demonstrated by their actions what it takes to be true leaders in education," says Bergland. "They have set an outstanding example for the Northwest Indiana business community, alumni, and friends of the university.

More information on scholarships is available at IU Northwest at 219-980-6991 or at

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