Morgan Bettin-Coleman is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. Even when I was a little girl, I would often pass time sprawled on the floor, usually reading a book. Close by, both of my parents sat at desks, spending hours typing up documents or highlighting pages in long, seemingly boring books. My mother has shown me … [Read more...]
Spokesman-Recorder’s Annual Graduation Celebration
For 22 years, the Spokesman-Recorder and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration. Through this celebration, the Spokesman-Recorder publicly acknowledges African and African American high school graduates for their achievements and rewards them with a scholarship to help them further their education pursuits.
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Below find Cecil E. Newman scholarship-winning essays, an event recap, the online version of the annual Community Year and more, in order of the most recent year to the oldest.
Dominique Johnson is a Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. I am a biracial, only child, who was raised by a single mother. Growing up, like many other families, my small family had financial hardships. My mom had me at a young age and due to that her academic career came to a halt. She did not go to college. To make ends meet, my … [Read more...]
Nia Kline is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. I look at life as a puzzle. It is one big picture full of mystery. You learn to use your observation skills, you learn to not force it if it doesn't fit, you learn patience, and finally, you learn tolerance and understanding. Pieces of my puzzle that significantly altered the … [Read more...]
Ananda White is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. The two most influential people to guide my life and education are my parents Angela and Brian White. It’s a cliché, but it is the truth. In fact, my parents will say they want me to have more opportunities than they had, meaning they’ll sacrifice in order for me to … [Read more...]
SharLamar Wren-Buchanan is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. Shortly after I was born, my grandmother was murdered. We had to move to get away from that harsh setting. We were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time and decided to come to Minnesota. It was similar to Wisconsin in certain aspects like the weather, and was … [Read more...]