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Metro Ministries has been a resource for closed churches. A current example of this is by coordinating the awarding of scholarships from the Brookside Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Brookside United Methodist Church memorialized their ministry through a legacy endowment with the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana when the church closed in 2008. The scholarship fund was established to be distributed annually to qualified candidate(s) for a scholarship to a post-secondary school. The fund guidelines further request that individuals with ties to the Brookside neighboorhood get priority. Each year Metro Ministries designates a selection team to put out request for applications, review submissions and make award determinations. The total amount awarded each year is determined by United Methodist Foundation of Indiana's process for maintaining the fund itself. 

In 2019, there were multiple qualified applicant submissions. The selection team made the decision to award four $500 scholarships, to these individuals:

  • Britney Bailey, a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Engineering. This is the second year Britney has been selected. Britney was first recommended by the staff of Outreach, Inc. an east side organization working with homeless teens and young adults.
  • Natalie Dodson, a junior at IUPUI majoring in Health Informatics Management. Natalie grew up in the Brookside community and is the first in her family to graduate high school. She now has her sigths set on completing college. Natalie works as a pre-school teacher at East Tenth UM Children & Youth Center.
  • Mary O'Neill, a sophomore at Manchester University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. Mary has been attending East Tenth UM Children & Youth Center since she was a small child and now encourages her younger siblings who attend there. Mary was an intern at East Tenth during their 2019 summer program.
  • Juan Villalva, a senior at IUPUI majoring in Art Education. Juan has a passion for art and an ever greater passion for teaching young children. He is one of the teachers in East Tenth UM Children & Youth Center's School Age Program as well as juggling another part-time job and a full class load.

We are excited to recognize these four students and congratulate them on their academic pursuits.

Last Published: October 3, 2019 2:21 PM
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