Pictured left to right: Judge Thomas; Krissie Harris, president of the graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Mikeal Johns, ETHS senior; Superintendent Eric Witherspoon; and Chloe Smith, ETHS senior. Photo by Heidi Randhava

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The Unity Scholarship Committee sponsored its 13th annual Scholarship Fair in January at Evanston Township High School in conjunction with Black History Month.

The Unity Scholarship Committee is composed of a number of organizations including churches, sororities, fraternities, family and community groups that came together more than 30 years ago with the stated purpose of encouraging and inspiring black youth in the North Suburban area to continue their education, and to encourage and inspire the black community to increase its support of scholarship funding for these youths.

Over the past 30 years, Unity organizations have awarded over one million dollars to minority and other deserving youth.

Scholarship Fair chairperson, Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas, Ret., said the event was an unqualified success, attended by almost 140 students. Representatives from member organizations were present to distribute scholarship applications and talk with students about their educational and career goals. Anyone wishing further information about Unity scholarships may contact Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas at 847-903-3771.

Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.