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Martin University 2016 Summer Scholarships

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Because of the generous support of the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, Independent Colleges of Indiana, USA Funds, and the supporters of "All In For Martin", twenty-seven 2016 Summer Scholarships were awarded, totalling $48,666. 

Martin University congratulates each of the scholarship recipients and wishes each of them success as they pursue their academic goals.

Asha Adams

Barbara Allen

Elora Andrews

Anthony Baker

Krystal Brown

Clinton Dodd

Sharon Dunson

Daz-Jah Farris

Donte Ford

Mary Granger

Cathy Harris

Loraine Hill

Victoria Jones

Patrick King

Roxanne Kirby

Dwight McGill

Tobias Mills

Felix Reneteria

Joy Richards

Catrina Rush

Erica Upshaw

Angela Watkins

John Williams

Tonya Williams

Misty Wilson

Trayshawn Wilson



2016 Martin University Founders Day Luncheon

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Jennifer McCloud
Martin University                                                                                 
(317) 822-3489



March 29, 2016



Three Servant Leaders to be Honored

INDIANAPOLIS – Martin University will hold its Founders Day Luncheon to celebrate “39 Years of Service” on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Martin’s Gathertorium at 2171 Avondale Place in Indianapolis. 
The year’s luncheon celebration will honor “Those Who Have Served Well” and recognize three outstanding Servant Leaders who have demonstrated selflessness in an effort to see others change, achieve and grow.  These persons continue to help the University move forward with tremendous individual commitments.  This year’s honorees are:
·         Ms. Clara M. Webb - mentor and pillar of Brightwood Community for 90 plus years; World War II WAC (Women’s Army Corp) veteran; and author of the book “Yes Lord” which chronicles the history of the 28th Street Church of God In Christ.
·         Rev. Fitzhugh Lyons - pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist church for 35 years.
·         Mr. Olgen Williams – former Deputy Mayor in charge of neighborhoods for former Mayor Ballard and former Director of Christamore House.
“We are grateful for the occasion to express our gratitude to these three special people,” said Martin President Dr. Eugene White. “Additionally, the University will induct the second class into the Fr. Boniface Hardin Society.”
For more information about the luncheon, call Jennifer McCloud at 317-822-3489 or go online at www.martin.edu.    


Black Next Group in Association with MU Alumni Present Cultural Fest

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{INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 29, 2016} The Martin University Alumni Association, invites teh community to participate in the Associations "Black is Still Beautiful" fashion show.  This charity event will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm, in the Martin University, Fr. Boniface Hardin Gathertorium.

Promoting the festival will be BlackNext, www.blacknext.com, a culturally conscience orgranization that will bring together a variety of artists in the areas of music, dance, visual arts and fashion.  BlackNext's mission is to encourage the arts for the next generation of creators.  This creative organization will showcase some of Indy's Next generation of young African American talent.

BlackNext decided that its first organizational activity would be to give back right away, helping Martin University in its efforts to raise money for its 2016 "All In For Martin" fundraising campaign.

Tickets are on sale online at BlackNext.com.  Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $7.  Tickets are also available for purchase at the Martin University Bookstore.  Tickets will be available at the door, $20 for adults and $10 for students.

For additional information, contact Micheal Bryant, MU Alumni Association President, at mikb277@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there.



Celebrating Black History Month "Your Life Matters"

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Martin University will celebrate Black History Month "Your Life Matters" featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Twyman, Executive Director of YLM, Indiana Black Expo  on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Dr. Twyman will share insight and bring awareness to the challenges affecting the urban community and the efforts underway to save lives and change the culture.

Martin students are invited to participate by attending the event and participating in the Black History Month Essay Contest.  Winners will be announced and receive cash awards during the program.  Prizes will go to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essay winners.  Click here to view or download the essay requirements.

Other events taking place during Black History Month include:

Martin Luther King, Jr. "Kingian" Workshop hosted by Professor Derek King, Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30pm

International Day hosted by Dr. Laila Ayoubi, Dr. Miltina Gavia, and Professor John Musiine, Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00pm



FSA ID: The New Requirement

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The U.S. Department of Education now requires all students, parents and borrowers to use a FSA ID to access federal student aid online. Your FSA ID will be used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal financial aid documents.

The FSA ID officially replaced the financial aid PIN on May 10, 2015.

For information on creating your FSA ID, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid

Follow us on Facebook (Martin Univ) and Twitter (@MartinU1977) for helpful information related to Federal Student Aid.



Realizing the Dream: Celebrating First Generation College Students

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Martin University is happy to announce that Ms. Yalonda C. Meyers is one of 31 recipients of the Realizing the Dream Scholarship made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment to the Independent Colleges of Indiana.  A celebration honoring the scholarship recipients will take place this Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the annoual "Realizing the Dream" banquet.

Also, Ms. Virginia Goodwin and Professor Derek King will be honored for their efforts in helping first-generation college students reach their goals.

To read the press release in its entirety, click here.




Passing of Representative William "Bill" Crawford"

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On Friday, September 25th, Martin University and the State of Indiana was saddened to hear of the passing of the former State Representative William "Bill" Crawford.  Representative Crawford represented the 98th District from 1972-2012 and was the longest-serving African-American state lawmaker in the country.

"Rep.  Crawford was a tremendous supporter of Martin University and believed that education would lead his people forward.  You can support his belief and hope for a better future by working to achieve academic excellence and earning your degree from Martin."

      - Dr. Eugene G. White, President, Martin University

Martin University extends its deepest condolences to the family of Representative William "Bill" Crawford."  Rest Well.




INHP Can Help You!

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Do you—or someone you know—need to make home accessibility modifications or emergency repair, but lack the funds to get the job done?

INHP can help you make up to $15,000 in necessary repairs so you won’t need to use your credit card or tap into your savings.

INHP offers a home repair loan program that allows homeowners on a tight budget to affordably finance accessibility modifications and/or essential repairs such as roofs, furnaces, plumbing, electrical systems, wheelchair ramps, doorway widening and more.

Program Details:

  • Deferred loan with 0% interest/.25% APR**
  • No monthly payments required for up to 30 years
  • No out-of-pocket expense

INHP also provides project support throughout the construction process ensuring that all work is completed by licensed, bonded and insured contractors and that the work passes inspection. All the payment transactions are handled through INHP too.

To find out if you qualify visit https://www.inhp.org/martin




Martin Receives Grant From USA Funds

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On June 29, 2015, Martin University was award $225,000 in grant funding to further enhance the University's student success and career readiness services.  The grant will also provide a means for the University to develop its communication strategy.

“Consistent with our focus on Completion With a Purpose, promoting success in college and career, USA Funds’ contribution will help this unique institution in our organization’s hometown of Indianapolis enhance its recruitment, retention and graduation of lower-income, minority and adult learners, and other students underrepresented in higher education to prepare them for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives,” said Carol D’Amico, USA Funds executive vice president, National Engagement and Philanthropy.

Click here to read the press release in its entirety.



Martin University Reveals New Strategic Plan

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                                                                                                                                       MARTIN UNIVERSITY REVEALS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

INDIANAPOLIS – Martin University’s Board of Trustees and administration announced today that they have developed and approved a new strategic plan that will guide the school’s operations through the 2018 academic year.
President Eugene G. White said the school also has adopted a new vision statement:  “To be a Haven of Hope, a Community of Support, and a Premier Leader among Institutions of Higher Education.”
Dr. White said the new strategic plan includes five major goals:


  1. Build solid financial stability for the University;
  2. Enhance academic programs and services to students;
  3. Enhance, expand and improve Martin University’s campus and infrastructure;
  4. Improve the quality of operations and working conditions for faculty, staff and administrative personnel;  and
  5. Enhance the University’s engagement and services to the community.
“This plan provides a road map for us to take the institution to a higher level of financial stability, program effectiveness, operational efficiency, and to enhance an environment and culture for greater educational achievement and growth,” said Dr. White.


“The plan is a continuation of the legacy and hopes of our founders, Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling,” added Board Chairman Gregory Gill.


The strategic plan includes numerous quantifiable objectives, including raising the school’s total full time equivalent enrollment by five percent a year from a base of 306 FTE students in 2016; increasing the retention and graduation rates of Martin students; creation of an office of University Development and Advancement; developing a doctoral program in urban leadership; and starting the School of Education in the fall semester of 2017. 


Additional goals include increasing faculty, administrative and staff salaries by six percent over the next three years and contributing leadership to the development of a Martindale-Brightwood Educational Zone. 
To review the plan in its entirety, go to www.martin.edu/about-martin.
Martin University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts institution founded in 1977 by Rev. Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling.  Martin is Indiana’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) of higher education.  It is steeped in a history of service and open to a diverse population of students from all walks of life.  Martin University’s mission is to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive and healthy collegiate environment.


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