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Point Park University students Blaine King, Rikkilee Rose, Sonya Rudolph and Maricca Spencer were awarded scholarships for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year from the Pittsburgh NAACP.

The 2016 recipients were honored May 5, 2016, at the NAACP Pittsburgh Chapter's Awards Dinner at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh NAACP has a 31-year tradition of awarding scholarships to outstanding African-American high school seniors and college students.

Point Park's NAACP scholarship recipients were chosen for the scholarships based upon their academic achievements, career goals, 500-word essay and recommendation letters.

The Point Park students selected by the NAACP represented undergraduate majors from all four schools at the University.

Meet Point Park's 2016 NAACP Scholarship Recipients

The recipients featured below discuss what it meant to receive a scholarship from the NAACP.


Pictured is Blaine King, NAACP scholarship recipient and broadcast production major. | Photo by Don Noel RanasingheBlaine King

Senior, Broadcast Reporting major
School of Communication

"As a person of color, receiving this award from one of the most prestigious organizations in the country meant a lot to me. This award made me realize the opportunities people of color have today that my grandparents didn't have."



Pictured is Rikkilee Rose, 2016 NAACP scholarship recipient and theatre production design major. | Photo submitted by K. Chase PattersonRikkilee Rose

Junior, Theatre Production (Design) major
Conservatory of Performing Arts

"Receiving this scholarship was an honor. It will allow me to have a little more financial freedom since I am currently working three jobs and doing an apprenticeship to achieve my dream. I'll be able to spend less time at work and more time on my studies."



Pictured is Sonya Rudolph, 2016 NAACP scholarship recipient and criminal justice major. | Photo by Amanda DabbsSonya Rudolph

Senior, Criminal Justice major
School of Arts and Sciences

"I was so excited and so proud to receive this scholarship. It was wonderful. Also, Point Park has been so wonderful. As a transfer student, everyone here has been so warm to me and the professors and staff have been very helpful."



Pictured is human resource management major Maricca Spencer. | Photo by Shayna MendezMaricca Spencer

Senior, Human Resource Management major
School of Business

"I was really honored and proud to have been selected. This will help me financially and motivate me even more to excel and prosper. It feels great to be recognized for my achievements."


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