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Collin College, Community Gather to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 21, 2016 – A full house of college and community members attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast hosted by Collin College on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event featured a police panel discussion, a presentation by students and a business and information fair. 
            As part of the celebration, students and community members were honored.

  • In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, Collin College awarded a scholarship in the name of Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, a tireless community advocate whose work moves us toward Dr. King’s ideals. The Harry LaRosiliere Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Scholarship was awarded to Miatta Jackson of Celina. Jackson is a business management major who plans to become a CPA and earn a master’s degree 
  • Two Collin College students--Adaora Okeke of Arlington and Rahat Hossain  of Sherman--were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarships, established to recognize selected Collin College students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community involvement. Okeke plans to become a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics, and said she dreams of providing healthcare to children and young teens “regardless of the size of their parents’ pockets.” Hossain would like to earn a master’s degree in business administration or finance and enter the workforce as a CPA where he looks forward to being at the forefront as companies adjust to new regulations in a globalized economy.
  • Collin College students Kristen Filak of Plano and Justin Oparaugo of Plano were selected in a random drawing to receive Collin College Book Scholarships. 
  • The college announced a special scholarship gift made by Phyllis Jenkins of the nonprofit The Powerful Journey. Jenkins pledged a $500 scholarship for a single mother of a child with a disability who attends Collin College. Potential candidates should contact the Collin College Foundation at 972.599.3145.
Collin College student, Adaora Okeke of Arlington was awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship, established to recognize selected Collin College students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community involvement.
Collin College student, Adaora Okeke of Arlington was awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship, established to recognize selected Collin College students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community involvement.
Collin College Student Miatta Jackson was awarded the Harry LaRosiliere Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Scholarship
Collin College Student Miatta Jackson was awarded the Harry LaRosiliere Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Scholarship
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Collin College student, Adaora Okeke of Arlington was awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship, established to recognize selected Collin College students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community involvement.

For event images, visit http://www.collin.edu/webgalleries/mlkbreakfast2016/ .

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

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