2019 Joint Scholarship Celebration • Saturday, June 8, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Bloomington • Photos by Lewis Marien

Weeks after they threw their graduation caps, more than 70 black high school graduates gathered for the Joint Scholarship Celebration to find out how much help they will get in funding their futures.

“Obviously it’s important to recognize our students’ greatness, and I think society will often capitalize when things do not go right so I certainly want to capitalize on their many successes,” said Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson, co-founder of the Mentoring And Providing Scholarships (MAPS) Program.

MAPS organizes the annual event at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. The 12 community organizations that award scholarships include MAPS, several Divine Nine sororities and fraternities, NAACP, 100 Black Men of Central Illinois and Links Incorporated.

This year a total of $76,500 was awarded to students, several of whom received scholarships from multiple organizations.

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