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Urban League offers scholarship money for college bound students

The Urban League of Northwest Indiana recently announced the 2016 Scholarship opportunities for students. The Urban League offers multiple scholarships to college bound high school seniors who apply before the March 16, 2016 deadline.

In 2015 alone, students were awarded over $2 million in scholarships from attending the Urban League Scholarship Fair held in September 2015.

The young people come from Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties to a luncheon held each year in May. The luncheon is a veritable rainbow of students from the region, bringing together hundreds of students, counselors, and parents to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and receive additional scholarships.

Many have a story to tell that needs to be heard. For instance, Precious Price who is now enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and will graduate in 2017 has this to say.

“Growing up, my family never left the confines of my city. Upon entering college, I made it a goal to study abroad. The scholarship I received from the Urban League helped to alleviate some of the costs. This past May I studied social entrepreneurship in Costa Rica for 10 days and received the most fulfilling experience, all due to the help of the Urban League.”

And Richard Span, an accounting major at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa reveals another “coming of age” story.

“I came into the Urban League thinking it would get me out of class early and be just another extracurricular activity but they’ve been family to me. They guided me, basically paid for my books and helped me to advance my public speaking skills. The Urban League reaches out to kids of my age group and gets them off the streets and keeps them out of trouble by offering mentoring. All in all, the Urban League is a great place to experience new things and overcome your toughest obstacles.”

Many times the financial challenges students in the Region face are sometimes unsurmountable. That’s why Lauren Kovacic’s story is so powerful.

“I received a scholarship for $20,500 a year to Valparaiso University. I plan to become an occupational therapist. The Urban League gives students a convenient college fair and provides easy access to scholarship information. You can narrow down your options about schools in just one visit.”

The Urban League asks individuals, businesses and organization to consider them as they make decisions about charitable giving. To make a donation online go to: or stop in at the Urban League of Northwest Indiana’s office at 3101 Broadway, Gary, IN.

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