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Olivet College is proud to announce its second annual sponsorship of the annual Lansing Juneteenth Celebration, to be held June 8 and 15-17 in various Lansing locations.

As part of the sponsorship, the college will award scholarships to the winners of the Lansing Juneteenth category III (grades 11-12) essay competition. A $15,000 and $12,000 Olivet College Academic Talent Scholarship will be awarded to the first and second place winners respectively. These scholarships are awarded to students who enrich the campus community through their involvement in talent-based participation opportunities.

“It’s wonderful that Olivet College is able to partner with the Juneteenth Committee to celebrate the emancipation of slavery and contribute to the education of our youth for the betterment of our communities, and even more fantastic to be able to build the partnership for the second year in a row,” said Linda Logan, Ph.D., vice president and dean for student life at Olivet College and Progressive Empowerment Education Resource Services (PEERS) board member. “Educating and supporting people of color is part of Olivet College’s history that lives on today. The Lansing Juneteenth and Olivet College partnership is a complementary match, and I am pleased the college has chosen to continually support the event with such a strong commitment.”

The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration is a project of PEERS 501(c)(3), headquartered at Mask Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Learn more about details regarding the event, important dates and submission information.

Learn more about Olivet College scholarships or contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu to speak with an admissions representative to determine your fit as a Comet.

About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings.

In June, 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation officially designating the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Michigan was the 18th state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.

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