The community of Zanesville came together to celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr .
MLK once said that "Intelligence plus character is the true goal of education" and on Monday the community of Zanesville took heed to those words at the 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast.
The service aims to recognize people of diverse backgrounds who excel academically or provide service to mankind. Nearly twenty students were given $500 book scholarships to help them on their road to education. Past recipient and WHIZ Sunrise Anchor, Jenn Bullock says the scholarships are an investment in our community and a show of faith in our future generations.
"For me personally I was a scholarship recipient back in 2007. For me to have received this scholarship and come through my education and now come to the breakfast on the other side of things as a professional, I really hope to serve as an inspiration, " said Bullock.
Granger Long and Kelly Burrell are just two of the scholarship recipients that hope to come back to Southeastern Ohio and give back to their hometown. Burrell plans to follow in her father’s foot steps to become a funeral home director. She will attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in the fall.
"It’s 20 credit hours my first semester so it will be kind of hard. In 28 months I’ll graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management," said Burrell.
Once graduated she hopes to expand Burrell Funeral Services to include more buildings. Long says he is still deciding between Ohio Dominican and Ashland University and hopes to pick a major that improves the lives of others.
"I think I want to be a physical therapist. I kind of like that more because I want to be able to help people because I love sports I’m an athlete at Zanesville High School. I want to help them and be able to come back and give back to my community, " said Long.
Adult scholarships, community heroes and community leaders were also recognized at the breakfast. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund Founder says this is an event that embodies the spirit of the late Dr. King.
I think we are actually reaching some of the goal that Martin Luther King actually wanted us to reach and that is joining together helping others," said Kathy Brantley.