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Plano Student Awarded MLK Unity Scholarship

Plano Student Awarded MLK Unity Scholarship

February 8, 2007 - Collin County Community College District announced the recipient for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Scholarship.

Chijioke Victor Okegbe, 25, was to be recognized for receiving the scholarship during the college's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Breakfast, but the event was canceled due to inclement weather Jan. 15.

The Plano sophomore plans to finish his associate of science degree in nursing and eventually transfer to Texas Women's University or the University of North Texas.

The scholarship's namesake, Okegbe said, represents dedication, striving for excellence and fairness for everyone in spite of race, ethnicity or religion.

"Dr. King's legacy means everything to me," Okegbe said, "with respect to resolving conflicts with a non-violent approach and the pursuance of one's goals."

Okegbe also noted that Dr. King's life message speaks volumes in the quest for people of all races to find common ground amid conflict.

Okegbe was very pleased when he learned he would receive the scholarship because he believes his goals are similar.

"First and foremost, I was awfully humbled by the scholarship," he said. "Secondly, having been honored, I have to strive and do my very best in what I love to do and give back to the community and assist those who need help."

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.