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Don’t be buffaloed; go after these scholarships

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Updated: June 9, 2014 3:19AM



If you are a high school senior still seeking scholarship money for college, here are two chances provided by a local group and a hip-hop icon.

Entries for the Indiana Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s 2014 scholarship are being accepted until Tuesday.

Club member Pamela May said the club will award a senior with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher a scholarship worth up to $1,000 if he or she wins their essay contest.

Along with filling out an application that is available in the guidance counselor’s office in your high school, you will be asked to write an essay on the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Calvary.

The essay topic reads: “Part of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s mission is to never let the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Calvary (during the Indian Wars and the settlement of the West) and the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II be forgotten. These great and honorable individuals had to endure racism, hardships and sacrificed their lives to help make this country what it is today.”

Students are then asked to attach a cover sheet and write in 1,000 words or less, answers to the following questions: In what ways does the Buffalo Soldier legacy inspire me? What are your dreams, hopes and aspirations or your intentions upon graduating from college? How do your dreams, hopes and aspirations reflect those of the Buffalo Soldiers?

Entries should be submitted no later than Tuesday. Again, you can get an application from your guidance counselor or contact May at (219) 746-5217.

You have until April 30 to apply for a Jay-Z scholarship through the Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter Foundation that will award high school senior students and college undergraduates up to age 25 a scholarship from $1,500 to $2,500.

The minimum GPA is 2.0, and students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. The student must also have a desire to give back to their communities. Visit www.shawncartersf.com for more information.

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Eddie Melton believes in the power of mentoring the youth so they will develop into empowering individuals.

As part of The Mentoring Trust, a network of mentoring organizations that focuses on using mentorship to impact the youth, Melton is inviting the public to “The Mentoring Trust Launch,” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 17 at Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary’s Miller Beach community.

The Mentoring Trust is partnering with the Urban League of Northwest Indiana and the city of Gary to create 100 Mentors in 100 Days.

Visit www.GaryMentoringTrust.EventBrite.com to RSVP for this free event.



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