FLINT (WJRT) (5/15/2019) - It's a memory students in mid-Michigan will remember for the rest of their lives.
Dozens of students walked away with thousands of dollars in scholarships Wednesday night.
The Urban League of Flint recognized young African American high school students for the academic achievements.
Seniors from around Flint and Genesee County walked to their seats inside the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.
The Urban League of Flint hosted the 37th annual salute to Black Scholars All Students Trained And Ready for Success.
"I am the next generation. I am the next people that can rise up and do this for future generations also,” Karyn King said.
The event recognizes high school graduates who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or better.
The reward - the Urban League of Flint awarded around $20,000 in scholarships.
"Combination of a lot of community scholarships that were awarded as well as some directly from the result of Urban League of Flint black scholars fundraising efforts," Urban League of Greater Flint Sandra Johnson said.
These scholarships are giving these students a chance as they pursue higher education.
"I need it because Kettering is expensive and I really want to go there because I feel like it is going to give me a good future," Saifulla Dawan said.
"I know I have to pay for housing and it's going to go to my education and just furthering myself in my education so I can give back to the community," King said.
Behind each of these young minds are the men and women who've guided them to this point.
"My mom always reviews my essays and goes over them with me and makes me read them out loud. My dad of course is that strong force behind me pushing me to succeed in reaching my dreams," Timothy Johnson II said.
"Without them I wouldn't be able to be here where I am today. I wouldn't be a black scholar,” Isaiah Hill said.
The Urban League of Flint has helped over 5,000 students pursue their dreams.
Organizers know higher education costs are a burden on many students and families in our area.