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Scholarship recipients who attended
the awards breakfast in 2017.

efforts each person made to
cation for all students, so
promote equality.
that's been our theme and
The committee announwhat we've been trying to
ces scholarship winners at
carry forward."
the annual Martin Luther
Dr. Lew Jones and his
King Jr. Commemorative
wife, Barbara, founded the
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passed away in November
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they hope to accomplish.
"(Jones) was a wonderWe're going to work really
ful man," Janson said. "He
hard in the future to stay in touch with (the scholarship
put this together and it's a great cause."
winners) and have more and more of them come back."
The committee celebrated its 15th year in January.
The committee raises funds for scholarships via
Since its inception, the committee has awarded more
donations from local residents and businesses, and
than 70 scholarships to students throughout the area,
Janson said the committee also is exploring options for
totaling more than $300,000 across all recipients. Datmore events and fundraisers, enabling them to offer
ing back to 2012, the committee has awarded at least
more scholarships to local students.
six scholarships per year, with eight awarded in both
Along with his many civil rights accomplishments,
2017 and 2018.
Martin Luther King Jr. also was a major advocate of the
When awarding scholarships, the committee looks
importance of education for students of all races and
at a variety of factors for potential recipients. On top of
backgrounds. The Martin Luther King Commemorative
academic scores, the committee evaluates the students'
Committee of The Villages plans to continue that
community service, and each student is asked to write
important work, enabling local students to achieve the
an essay on King, civil rights activist Mary McLeod
education they desire.
Bethune and Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi and the

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