Jan. 20, 2004
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PNC Announces College Bound Scholarships
WESTVILLE Purdue University North Central Chancellor
James B. Dworkin announced that PNC will offer full college
scholarships to qualifying Michigan City Area School students
as part of the newly formed College Bound program.
The announcement was made Monday during the Martin Luther
King Jr., Unity Breakfast at PNC. The event was attended by
a variety of community and spiritual leaders, business professionals,
students and interested citizens. Featured speaker was the
Most. Rev. Dale J. Melczek, bishop of the Diocese of Gary.
As explained by Dworkin, College Bound, is a partnership between
PNC and the Michigan City Area Schools (MCAS) to provide full
PNC scholarships to promising students who show potential
in an area that PNC offers a baccalaureate degree. Students
will be selected for the College Bound program in the seventh
grade based upon test scores, teacher recommendations and
other criteria. The program is open to all MCAS students,
regardless of sex, race, ethic background or family income.
From eighth grade through high school graduation, students
will take part in field trips, after-school programs and summer
camps. They will be assigned a mentor-teacher who will help
prepare and inspire them to attend PNC to pursue a university
The program foundation will be laid this year as 25 seventh
grade students are identified to begin full participation
as eighth graders in the 2004-2005 school year. New students
will be added each following year.
Qualifying students will receive scholarships so that students
may pursue bachelors degrees at PNC.
We are happy to be a part of this groundbreaking program,
said Dworkin. This is an exciting partnership with the
Michigan City Area Schools. We hope our success will allow
us to expand to other area school districts. We want to make
a college education a reality for young people who may never
have had a chance at higher education. Many will be the first
in their families to attend college. These students will be
welcomed at PNC and will enhance the racial, ethnic and socio-economic
diversity of our student body.
MCAS Superintendent Fred LaBorn confirmed that the College
Bound program presents a welcome opportunity for the citys
This puts a college education within reach of our students.
Our students and their families can now look forward to fulfilling
their dream of attending college, and ultimately earning a
degree from Purdue North Central, he said. This
is a tremendous opportunity.
The program will be financed through donations from area organizations,
grants and individual contributions.
Horizon Bank of Michigan City made a five-year commitment
to help fund College Bound scholarships. Craig Dwight, chairman
and chief executive officer, said the scholarships are an
investment in the community and will help secure the future
of the MCAS students, their families and their community.
It is our honor to be part of this worthwhile program.
Providing opportunities for higher education is a sound investment
for all of us. I look forward to watching this program grow,
We appreciate the support that College Bound has received,
said Dworkin. College Bound will benefit the participating
students and their families, and it will also be a great asset
to our community as we see students graduate with college
degrees so they can pursue secure, well-paying careers in
Northwest Indiana, raise their families here and become our
To make a contribution to College Bound, contact Joseph Goepfrich,
PNC vice chancellor for development and alumni, at 1-800-872-1231,