The Unity Scholarship Fair on Feb. 15 in the Hub will let college bound seniors learn about financial help for college.
“The fair is a great way to get our name out there and let students know these scholarships exist,” said Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas, ret., Chairperson of the fair.
Scholarships are primarily, but not exclusively, for black students. Every scholarship has different requirements so every senior has the opportunity to qualify. Students awarded scholarships are invited to a ceremony in June where they will be honored and receive a certificate.
Representatives from organizations will have tables set up in the Hub where students can ask questions and get scholarship applications.
“I urge students to talk to as many people as possible and apply for as many scholarships as possible,” said Thomas.
There will be about 20 organizations at the fair. Each one operates independently and the scholarship amounts vary. The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, NAACP and the Horace and Dorothy Johnson Memorial Scholarship are some of the organizations offering scholarships.
“Unity is an umbrella organization that brings people together,” said Thomas, “these organizations operate independently but come together to show strength in the black community.”
Thomas mentions that Unity was founded by three women who wanted to show the economic powers in the black community. In 32 years, they have awarded over $1.5 million to students in scholarships.
“You can’t make it in this world without an education,” said Thomas, “So it’s exciting to see students get money for college.”