SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a three day commemorative weekend for many with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Western Massachusetts high school seniors were recognized Saturday morning for their academic accomplishments and participation in their community.
Reverend Catharine Cummings told 22News, “The Martin Luther King Scholarship has been going on for 34 years to celebrate academic excellence of our High School Seniors.”
The Wesley United Methodist Church awarded two $2,500 scholarships to two students at their 34th Annual Scholarship Breakfast at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield.
Erin Washington said, “It means a lot because I’ve been coming to this breakfast since I was 5-years-old. So I’m just honored to be surrounded by my community and be presented this award in honor of such a great man.”
The “Keeping it in the Community” event was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and words that he spoke to make a broader impact on students.
In a 1964 commencement speech at Springfield College Dr. Martin Luther King is quoted “All I am saying is simply this- that all life is interrelated. We are all tied in single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Recipients of the award take those words to heart.
Jumar Brown told 22News, “Honor the life of Dr. King. To me it means that my accomplishments matter and it gives me a chance to be recognized.”
Recipients are students that have earned a 3.5 GPA and demonstrated active engagement with their community.