On Sunday, March 12, at the McKinley Foundation, there will be a local showing of Racial Taboo. This one-hour, documentary-style film is designed to bring together people of diverse backgrounds for constructive and healing conversations on race. McKinley Pastor Keith Harris is one of a small group who will facilitate discussion after the screening.
Call for Nominations
Because the McKinley Foundation is committed to creating a better world, we annually honor individuals and organizations through the McKinley Foundation Social Justice Awards. To this end, the McKinley Foundation seeks nominations…
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Two opportunities exist for student scholarships through McKinley!
The Ullman Scholarship
The Ullman Scholarship is named for the late Rina Ullman of Urbana, a member of McKinley Presbyterian Church, and a choir member and music lover. The Ullman Scholarship is an award of $2,000 ($1,000 awarded in the fall semester, and a second $1,000 in the spring semester), to a resident of Presby Hall in Champaign. Should no student be awarded this scholarship, the award defaults into the Share Grant Fund of McKinley Presbyterian Church. The Session (governing board) of McKinley Presbyterian Church shall act as the final arbiter of the scholarship award. All applications are due May 15, 2016
The Wert Scholars Fund
The Wert Scholars Fund is named for the late Charles A. Wert, a member and elder of the McKinley Presbyterian Church, and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. The Wert Scholars Fund benefits a student studying for the Christian ministry, and may also be used for those that are studying for lay minister positions. Precedence is given to students who are members or regular attenders of McKinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign, or have some association with the church, or who have a record of participation in McKinley Foundation student ministry activities. If no suitable candidate is found in from McKinley, precedence is given to students that are members or are associated with a Presbyterian church in the greater Champaign-Urbana community. If no suitable candidate is found in the greater Champaign-Urbana community, precedence is given to students that are either members or associated with a Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois. The Wert Scholars Fund is generally an award of about $2,000.All applications are due May 15, 2016
We are happy to announce this year’s award recipients:
Community Award: Habitat For Humanity/Restore
Student Organization: Habitat For Humanity at Urbana High School
Student Individual: Jason Yue, co-director and mentor with iHelp
Community Individual: Robert King, Senior Assistant Director in Family & Graduate Housing
Partnership Award: Assistant Principal Jill Johnson for McKinley/Garden Hills Elementary School Food Pantry
This year’s Foundation’s Social Justice Awards banquet will be on Saturday, May 7. A fitting celebration given McKinley’s storied history in social justice and human service, the event will honor student and community groups and individuals, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30. Each of the awards is accompanied by a $500 gift to the organization of the recipient’s choosing or to the organization or group selected.
The cost for the banquet is $50. The entree choices are pineapple BBQ roasted chicken, seared salmon with balsamic lentils, or spaghetti squash puttanesca (vegan choice).
Full and partial scholarships are available. Please see Pastor Keith for more information. You must make your reservation by April 29 through Paypal or by contacting Andrew Weuve, foundation and church administrative assistant or Kathie Spegal.
On May 7, 2016, the McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will hold its Seventh Annual Social Justice Gala. This event will recognize persons and organizations in Champaign County for advancing a cause of social justice. The four awards will be presented to a student, a student organization, a community individual, and a community organization.
The McKinley Foundation seeks nominations of individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional dedication to social justice locally, nationally, or internationally, and whose work has resulted in greater awareness of injustice and improved the lives of those who have suffered unjustly. All nominees must reside in or be based in Champaign County. If you know of an individual or organization meeting these criteria, please complete the attached form and write a short essay describing the nominee’s goals, activities, and accomplishments and send both documents by February 19 2016. There is no entry fee and the form is straightforward. We welcome self-nominations.
A $500 gift will be presented to the winners of the Student Organization and Community Organization awards, and to organizations chosen by the winners of the Student and Community Individual awards. All nominees will have an opportunity to showcase their work at the Gala in May.
For nearly a century, the McKinley Foundation and McKinley Presbyterian Church have sought to live out faith and socially conscious convictions through social justice work and service.
The efforts of the Foundation and Church have included civil rights and racial equality advocacy in the 1950s and 60s; support for the Vietnam peace movement and military draft resistance; the resettlement of Laotian refugee families; support for daycare for low-income families (later known as the Marilyn Q. Child Care Center); the creation of a clothing exchange for students and the community; support for Central Americans seeking political asylum; housing the Men’s Winter Emergency Shelter; the full inclusion of GLBT people in the life of the Church; international mission exchanges; sponsorship of other community churches; and, more recently, housing the Graduate Employee Organization, Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the Goals Project for teen parents, and building Presby Hall, an environmentally state-of-the-art student residence.
Our commitment to creating a better world has led us to identify and honor student and community individuals and organizations through the McKinley Foundation Social Justice Awards. The four awards will be presented at the Sixth Annual Social Justice Awards Gala on May 7, 2016. A $500 gift will be presented to the winners of the Student Organization and Community Organization awards, and to organizations chosen by the winners of the Student and Community Individual awards. Recipients must meet the following criteria:
- Must demonstrate exceptional dedication to and success in advancing a cause of social justice locally, nationally, or internationally.
- Must bring about greater awareness of injustice and improve the lives of those who have suffered unjustly.
- Must reside in or be based in Champaign County.
- Complete the Social Justice Awards Nomination Form
- Write an essay describing how the person or organization you are nominating has met the criteria for the awards. We encourage you to identify the nominee’s goals and activities and to explain how these activities have affected others. Self-nominations are welcomed.
- Send the Social Justice Awards Nomination Form and your essay to the Social Justice Awards Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the two documents to the following address by February 19, 2016:
Social Justice Awards Committee
809 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
A committee of evaluators will judge the nominations, and the recipients will be notified by February 26, 2016.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (217) 417-8832.
Kathie Spegal, President