Dear Newark Public High School Students:
Organize Change, Inc. would like to announce the initiation of the Mary E. Ebron Newark Civic Duty Book Scholarship.
Mary E. Ebron migrated to Newark, NJ with her family in her early adulthood after experiencing several trials in her life, including the untimely and tragic loss of her husband. Transition to Newark was not easy and life continued to present challenges to Mary, unique to the African American experience in our country. Mary endured those challenges while being steadfast in her commitment to spirituality, family and community. By the time of her demise in 2014, she had introduced scores of people to the word of God, served as a pillar in her community, launched several successful enterprises (that still exist today) and most importantly, she extended the great but difficult lessons of life to anyone who would (or wouldn't) listen. Over 60 years as a Newark resident, her contributions to the community are invaluable.
Organize Change, Inc. is proud to honor Mary E. Ebron and her work to improve our community. She has blazed trails throughout her life that require continued maintenance and landscaping for future generations.
The Mary E. Ebron Civic Duty Book Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship toward the purchase of textbooks for college bound Newark Public High School students. One student from each Newark Public High School will be chosen.
1. Attend a Newark Public High School
2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
3. Provide proof of college/ instructional institution admission
4. Submission of a 500 word essay*
*Students will be primarily selected through submission of a 500-word essay. The essay should explain a personal hardship in the student’s life and/or a problem identified in the student’s community. The essay should discuss how to overcome the problem and offer community initiatives (programs) that would address the problem.
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2016 followed by an award ceremony in June 2016.
Mary Elizabeth Carraway Ebron
(September 4, 1934 - December 15, 2014)