MORGAN PARK — Jada Marie Campbell, a senior at Morgan Park High School, was surprised Monday morning with a $2,500 scholarship during her physics class.
Campbell won the 2016 Black History Month Essay Contest sponsored by Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers and BMO Harris Bank. The contest was open to all Chicago Public Schools students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and 50 hours of community service.
The scholarship will be used to help offset the cost of college tuition at one of several schools Campbell is deciding among, according to a press release from Summers' office.
"Jada’s essay highlighted what today’s activist movement against racial inequality means to her personally, and how it can transform an entire generation to help build a better future," Summer said in the release.
In her essay, Campbell said she values modern activism because she believes that the institutionalized racism that brought racial inequality must end before civilization can progress, according to the release.
“I believe today’s activist movement tries to preserve this rich cultural heritage of not only African-Americans but also provides the foundation for other groups to fight racial inequality," Campbell said.
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