MLK Club to double amount, number of scholarships

| December 12, 2013
Bennie Edwards

Bennie Edwards

By Steven Manning

FORT WAYNE—Thanks to an anonymous donor, Fort Wayne’s Martin Luther King Jr. Club INC. (MLK Club) will double the number of college scholarships it will award this year—and double the amount of the awards.

MLK Jr. Club President Bennie Edwards, said the organization is pleased to add two more scholarships this year to the two that have been awarded in previous years.

The MLK Club was founded in 1986 by the late Glyn R. Gleason to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive and to promote education, literacy and cultural diversity. The Glyn R. Gleason Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Gleason. In the past, each award was $500. This year, two, $1,000 Glen R. Gleason Memorial scholarships will be awarded, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. In addition, two more $1,000 schoarships—each in memory of the late George Smith. Jr. and in honor of his surviving wife, Louise Smith—will be awarded to students, commemorating the couple’s civil rights leadership and activism.

All winners will be selected by the MLK Club Scholarship Committee. Local high school students and first year college students that meet a specific criteria are encouraged to apply. To find out that criteria, and to obtain a scholarship application, please email your request to, or call (260) 493-1534. The application, along with a typed essay, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, must be postmarked by Dec. 15.

Steven D. Manning is president and CEO of Manning Video Productions LLC. He can be reached at (260) 247-2517.

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