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The Edward T. Dunn Scholarship began in 2004 created by the family of Deacon Edward Thomas Dunn. Deacon Dunn was a well know musician and resident of the West Englewood Community on the south side of Chicago. He believed in education and music as a means for excellence and success but also was committed to his neighborhood and city. Upon his death his family wanted to honor his love for education, music and youth by creating a scholarship fund. In 2006, the scholarship was officially adopted by Canaan Community Church and focused on providing scholarships for students, not based on academic merit, but the desire to be a faithful presence in their community and city post graduation. These are called our Nehemiah Scholars. Today’s brightest and most talented urban leaders are daily faced with a decision that affects not only themselves, but also the strength of the communities they reside in. After they have been successful on the college campus, will they return, in some capacity, to the community that helped foster their development?
When it comes to examples of young servant leaders in the Bible, there were not many like Nehemiah. In the face of great adversity, Nehemiah remained faithful to the Lord. Even in the midst of seeing Jerusalem left in ruins and needing to be rebuilt, he used his gifts and God given position to return to Jerusalem with resources and a plan. WIthouth the proximity and returning to place that made him who he was he would have been unable to know the magnitude of need or how to rally the assets already present there.
Nehemiah Scholars is a scholarship program designed to equip and train Chicago students seeking higher education. We support students of color financially, spiritually and socially during their time in college. Nehemiah Scholars exists to not just help students finish college, but to thrive in it. We do this by training students to engage and serve their campuses and communities for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ.
Nehemiah Scholars identifies students from the Englewood neighborhood and beyond who are committed to being part of removing the stigma of our neighborhood as a place to escape and show it as a place to invest. Our desire is for every graduate to return to the community, participate in its floursihing and be an example of the #goodinenglewood and a part of #englewoodrising.
Brandon Dunn | Senior | Alcorn State University
Breanah Bolden |Senior | Coe College
Rian Dunn | Junior | Jackson State University
Myah Jackson | Junior | Tennessee State University
Jonathan Highsmith | Sophomore | Mississippi Valley State University
Markwon Fields | Sophomore | Texas Southern University
Trinity Johnson | Freshman | Central Michigan University
Rory Morton Jr.
and many more...