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SCHERERVILLE | Christopher White, publisher of The Times Media Co., was the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship dinner held recently at Briar Ridge Country Club.

Scholarship recipients from the past 22 years enjoyed White’s inspirational speech extolling Northwest Indiana’s great attributes and encouraging the graduates to return to the Calumet Region.

The recipients networked and discussed universities, courses of study, and career paths while listening to a piano performance by Jack Kashak. Also in attendance were James W. and Betty Dye Foundation members James W. Dye, James R. Dye, Jay Dye, Carin Calvin-Olah, Steve Conger and Karl Hand.

Each Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship is worth $500 to $3,500 per semester for four years at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue University Calumet, IUPUI, or Ball State University. The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors from Lake, Newton, Porter and Jasper counties, who achieve a minimum 1650 SAT or 24 ACT score, hold a 3.25 grade point average and demonstrate school and community involvement.

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More than 500 Jim and Betty Dye Scholarships have been awarded since 1994 and graduates of the program include physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lawyers, engineers, teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, scientists and Peace Corps volunteers.

Information regarding the program can be found at www.dyescholarships.org or by calling (219) 836-1100.

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