For The Register-Herald
The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research is looking for a dynamic person who shares Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals and has a history of working for humanitarian efforts and social change in West Virginia.
Nominees must be residents of West Virginia and must have or be making a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action, advocacy, civility, improving the human condition or acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people, among others.
Applicants must be sophomores and juniors who attend classes full-time while carrying a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must also have a demonstrated financial need as determined by WVU’s Office of Financial Aid.
The $1,000 award will be applied to the 2013-14 financial aid package of the scholarship recipient.
“Our No. 1 priority is to serve students and to do our best by making students feel comfortable at WVU,” said Bruce Mit-chell, assistant director of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “We know that the economy is rough for many, so anytime we can help to relieve a student’s financial burden, it’s a great feeling for us and the student. Unfortunately, not enough students take the time to seek out or apply for additional scholarships, so we’re hoping to have an increase in applicants in the future. We also want students to spread the word to their peers and encourage people to apply.”
Nominations must be returned to the center by Jan. 4. The scholarship will be awarded Jan. 21 during WVU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast. The breakfast is the traditional opening to a host of events on campus and across the Morgantown community honoring King’s life and times for the holiday.
To download an application, visit http://cbc. wvu.edu/. The mailing address is: WVU Center for Black Culture, ATTN : MLK Scholarship Committee, 590 Spruce St., P.O. Box 6417, Morgantown, WV 26506-6417.