APRI announces scholarship honoring Charles Redd and A. Philip Randolph

| March 21, 2013

Special to Frost Illustrated 

FORT WAYNE—In keeping with its mission to support the scholastic endeavors of young people, the Fort Wayne Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) will award scholarships to two high school seniors who plan on pursuing a college or university education this year.

“For APRI, we see education as a means to strengthen our commitment and effectiveness in addressing issues of equity and civic engagement,” explained Leroy Jackson Jr., President of the Fort Wayne Chapter.

“This year we’ve renamed our scholarship to honor local community and civil rights leader Charles Redd that we lost too soon.” Redd and A. Philip Randolph shared a common vision for equality and political and community activism.

This year two five-hundred dollar scholarships will be awarded to two qualified young adults. Completed applications must be received by May 3, 2013 and winners will be notified thereafter. A scholarship award recognition banquet will be held Aug. 10 in Fort Wayne. To be eligible for the APRI Scholarship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. High school seniors pursuing a college curriculum directed toward an associate or bachelor degree.

2. Parent, caregiver, or student must be a current APRI member.

3. Must be a resident of Northeast Indiana. (East of St Rd 15 and North of St Rd 18).

For more information, to make a donation or to request an application, contact Scholarship Committee member Rachel Bennett Steury at rachellou@hotmail.com or (260) 837-8938.

Former Fort Wayne City Council member Charles Redd worked tirelessly for the community for more than 40 years. A true civil rights champion, Redd was committed to ensuring that the people of Northeast Indiana had opportunities to become involved and informed. A. Philip Randolph was one of America’s foremost human and civil rights leaders. Freedom, Randolph believed, is only possible in an environment of political, social, and economic security. A. Philip Randolph Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Our officers, board of directors, and members are committed to increasing civic participation.

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