Scholarship contest winners to present essays at Cameron MLK panel discussion

Winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Scholarship Contest will present their winning entries during the MLK panel discussion scheduled for Monday, January 19 at 2 p.m. at the Shepler Center Ballroom on CU's main campus in Lawton. A reception will be held afterward. Both the discussion and reception are free and open to the public.

The MLK Celebration Scholarship Contest consists of two divisions: CU students and high school students. All entries were required to focus on the impact of King's civil rights work and how his efforts to secure equality affected their own lives.

Essays submitted by Lawton High School junior Rufus Lindsey and Cameron senior Chinnie Burford were selected as overall winners in each division. Each received a $300 scholarship and a $300 tuition waiver for their winning entries. Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry sponsored the MLK Celebration Scholarship Contest. 

This year's panel discussion will feature Dr. Nikki Giovanni, best-selling poet, author and essayist; Dr. Marco Columbus, Assistant Professor of Education, Cameron University; and Barbara Ellis, Executive Director, Middle Schools, Lawton Public Schools.

The 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is co-sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and Cameron University. For more information, please contact Rev. Jenny Wynn at 580.357.7226.

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January 16, 2009
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