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Feb. 27, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Dieringer

Northwest's Association of Black Employees hosts scholarship banquet

Northwest Missouri State University's Association of Black Employees is hosting an inaugural scholarship banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, Mar. 10, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. William A. Hedge, Northwest alumnus and former faculty member, will deliver the keynote address. He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1974 and a master's degree in secondary education in 1977 -- both from Northwest. In 1989 he earned an educational specialist degree through a joint program between Northwest and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Hedge also serves as a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is a former board member of the Community Action Partnership Board.

President of Northwest Missouri State University's Association of Black Employees, Kevin Hawkins, says the scholarship banquet aims to help fund scholarships to be given out next fall to reduce the financial burden on marginalized students.

The Association was formed by nine black employees in the spring of 2015 and has now grown to include 28 members. Its mission is to empower black employees in a rural higher education environment such as Northwest's.