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Local church group awards MLK scholarships to MHS students

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Seven Marion High School seniors got a boost to their post-high school education plans recently, as they were awarded $12,000 in scholarships during the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Celebration.

The Rev. Larry Batchelor, left, and MHS teacher Bobbie Owensby, right, present the 2017 MLK Scholarships on Sunday, Jan. 15, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. MHS scholarship winners pictured are, from left, Jada Flowers, Stacia Tyson, David Anderson, Taylor Gregory, Arrington Kohn, and Jada Adaway. (Camille Wheels not pictured.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, which have been given out by Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliancefor more than 20 years, are awarded to seniors in the area who are active in the alliance’s church, and exceeding academically. This year's winners from Marion High School and their awards are: 
  • Jada Flowers: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study biochemistry at Indiana University or Purdue University
  • Stacia Tyson: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice, forensic science, and Spanish at North Carolina A&T University
  • Camille Wheels: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study finance and Spanish at Drake University
  • Jada Adaway: $1,500 scholarship; plans to study pharmacy, still weighing school options
  • David Anderson: $1,500  scholarship; still weighing post-secondary plans
  • Taylor Gregory: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study elementary education at Indiana State University or Ball State University
  • Arrington Kohn: $500 scholarship; plans to study social work and early childhood education, still weighing school options
A Madison-Grant High School senior also received a $1,500 scholarship.

Awards were presented during a celebration at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15. This annual event honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and importance of education. More than $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded over the years.

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.

We are very proud of these scholarship winners! 

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees also honored these winners at their meeting on Jan. 24: