The Meadville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, created in 1968, is a perpetual scholarship. Because the cost of higher education continues to rise rapidly, disadvantaged young people are even more in need of financial assistance in pursuing their collegiate dreams. Therefore, Meadville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, Inc. realizes its importance in the commmunity and continues to seek resources for the scholarship corporation.
Donations from local businesses and individualls are essential in the operation of this scholarship organization. All money received is invested in an irrecovable trust fund. The income earned from this investment is used to provide scholarships, while the principal investment remains to ensure continued income in the future.
Since 1968, the Board has awarded over 144 scholarships, amounting to approximately $300,000. Meadville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund also sponsors the Dr. MLK Mentoring Program, and the Meadville Beloved Community Fair.
|April 4, 1968|
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN
|April 7, 1968|
400 residents of the Meadville Community attended a memorial service for Dr. King. At the service, Mrs. Bernice Bradwell proposed the establishment of a scholarship in honor of Dr. King. Eight-hundred dollars was raised to initiate the scholarship governed by the local NAACP chapter.
|March 29, 1972|
Meadville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust was established. The incorporators were Dr. Arnold Johnson, Kenneth B. Lucas, and Webster McKnight.
|October 30, 1972|
Articles of amendments were filed and signed by ElizabethPierce-Stewart, President and Kenneth B. Lucas, Treasurer.
A Capital Fund drive was begun to make the scholarship fund perpetual. Armendia P. Dixon, Elizabeth Burnett and her children led the first drive. Next, an advocate committee was organized under the leadership of Elizabeth Pierce-Stewart, Dwight Haas, Director of United Way was appointed Chair. Other committee members included Armendia P. Dixon, President, Devon Bergholtz, Dr. Arthur Crawford, William Knapp, and Richard Rhulman. Dr. Dixon, Rev. Arthur Crawford, William Knapp and Honorable Richard Rhulman. The fund became perpetual and monies were invested in PNC Trust. The fund was later invested with the Crawford Heritage Foundation.
Under the direction of Joseph Galbo, III, the organization introduced Lift Every Voice to the Meadville Community. This program consisted of readings and music that depicted the feelings of artists across many cultural settings where we learn to appreciate each other.
The Board, in collaboration with Crawford Central School District and Allegheny college, designed and implemented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mentoring Program for Meadville Area Middle School Students at promise.
With the help of Allegheny College, Dr. Dixon, and Professor Joshua Kazi worked alongside a student researcher to design a survey used to track recipients of the scholarship since the organization of the scholarship fund.
Meadville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program Q & A
|Q. Who qualifies for the scholarship?||A. The person who qualifies for the scholarship must be a senior in the Crawford. Central School District, meeting the academic and financial guidelines.|
|Q. What is the amount of the scholarship?||A. There is no specific amount; scholarships are based on the yearly interest and the number of qualifying applicants.|
|Q. How many scholarships have been awarded since 1968?||A. Scholarships have been awarded, totaling over two-hundred thirty thousand dollars.|
|Q. When are the applications available?||A. Applications are available in March and located in the high school counseling offices.|
|Q. When are applications to be returned?||A. The applications are to be returned in April, with the specific date appearing on the application.|