NUTLEY, NJ – Residents, neighbors, and Nutley High School Alumni can continue to make donations to the ‘Black Excellence Scholarship’ sponsored by Nutley for Black Lives (N4BL).
The proactive organization has been raising for funds for several month to give two Nutley High School Black students each a $750 scholarship to college. Requirements for the Black Excellence scholarship are that the person be Black and submit a one-page essay on their plans after high school. “This is something we’re really proud of because this is the first ever Black scholarship in Nutley,” said Aria Jennings.
Jennings along with members Catherine Pezo, and AnneMarie Reisch, all of Nutley, thought the first order of business in forming Nutley for Black Lives was to create the scholarship. In addition, all three are NHS alumnae, Jennings the most recent graduate. “I was unable to apply for a majority of the scholarships seeing as though they’re mostly geared to people who are either Italian or Irish,” she said.
They are also accepting donations through Paypal – Nutley4BlackLives and Zelle – Nutleyforblacklives@gmail.com. Donations from $20 and up will receive a Black Lives Still Matter sign. However, Jennings said whether it is a small donation or a large one, it would still go towards the scholarships. “We are still taking donations because if we have enough money we will be giving [larger scholarships] than we said we will,” said Jennings.
N4BL’s goal is to be inclusive and to make sure people feel safe in all of Nutley, including the schools. “Racism is taught. So some of these actions that are happening with the children in the school system, there are parents at home, or people at home teaching them those actions, so they need to be held accountable too,” Jennings said. She added, “Nutley for Black Lives is all about making this town feel safer for people of color.”
Nutley for Black Lives will be opening up membership soon for people to help create change in the community. For more information, visit Nutley for Black Lives on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nutleyforblacklives.
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