Letter to the Editor

Scholarship fund deserves award

Saturday, February 5, 2005

To the editor:

The organization that founded the Michael S. Nabors (Restricted) Scholarship Fund for African American undergraduates certainly deserves the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for its significant effort and tireless devotion to create this fund in memory of the late Michael S. Nabors, an African American male whose aspiration -- to build a recreational center in Cape Girardeau -- was not fulfilled because of his death.

Friends of Nabors and concerned citizens of Cape Girardeau gave their time freely by sponsoring block parties to raise money to start the scholarship fund.

The first two scholarships were awarded in 1994 and have been awarded annually to African Americans since then.

This fund has made a difference in the community by contributing financially to help support our youths to achieve their dreams, and also Dr. King's dream, through education. The scholarship committee understands that the mind is the most important thing in a person.

For 10 years, the Nabors scholarship fund has demonstrated the ideal of learning by contributing in the field of education in the African American community. This organization should be recognized and awarded for its service and for exemplifying Dr. King's legacy.

LOUISE STERLING, Cape Girardeau