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Scholarship fundraising luncheon held at Century Center

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The importance of education was highlighted at a scholarship fundraiser Friday morning at the Century Center.

The Hazel B. Hunter Scholarship luncheon was sponsored by the NAAP. Hazel B. Hunter was a pioneer for civil rights in South Bend.

Community members are working to create a 50-thousand dollar endowment for local African American students wanting to attend IU- South Bend, so that this time next year, they can give out a 4 year scholarship.

Calvin Johnson is the chairman of Scholarship Luncheon and also a local State Farm agent. He says they want to encourage African American students to continue their education, especially in South Bend.

"If they're doing better in school, we've got to provide other secondary opportunities after high school for them to have an education." Johnson says, "So we thought we need to seed into the kids of our community by offering scholarships for those who attend IUSB."

FOX28's Courtney Ward was on hand to emcee the event.

If you're interested in donating money to the scholarship fund, contact the South Bend branch of the NAACP. You can find their phone number and email address here.

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