Winning a college scholarship from the Concerned Calumet Citizens Committee positively affects their lives, say young adults who have grown up in the Calumet area of East Chicago.
In 2011, Rodney Carpenter received a CCCC scholarship to attend IUPUI in Indianapolis and study business management. The East Chicago Central High School graduate who will enter his junior year in August said he leans toward management in human resource as a career in either California or the Atlanta area.
Clamae Bullock is a 2012 scholarship recipient and is majoring in marketing at Ball State University.
“My community was here to help me,” said Bullock, who plans to pursue a career selling luxury real estate in California or New York City. “There’s a sense of diversity here. It’s challenged me … and been tough physically as well as mentally. Wherever you’re from, you can be someone.”
Anfernee Brown received one of four 2013 CCCC college scholarships after graduating from E.C. Central and will use it to major in physical therapy at Florida Southern College.
He, too, plans to use his degree and talents in other areas of the country and not return to Northwest Indiana “right away.” However, Brown said, “After I’m settled and have something to contribute to this area, I’ll come back.”
The possibility of enrolling at IUPUI and majoring in biology opened up when Niyah Calhoun won one of four CCCC scholarships this year, she said.
“My mom doesn’t have the finances to send me to college. It’s a blessing for me,” said Calhoun, who plans to receive her doctorate in forensic science and work for the FBI in Arizona.
Her mother, Aneshia Browder, said the scholarship is a blessing. The single mother of two, she lost her job as a librarian at the East Chicago Public Library.
“You have a lot of young people that feel, 'My parents don’t have the monies to send me to college,’ so they throw their dreams away,” Browder said. “(The scholarship) was an honor. But most of all, it was a blessing.”