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Forest Park awards scholarship with Silver Cross money

4/22/2015, 8:24 a.m.
Jayla Johnson, of Joliet, received $1,000 to continue her studies at Indiana State University.
Bettye Gavin (right), executive director of the Forest Park Community Center in Joliet, presents Jayla Johnson, an Indiana State University student, with a $1,000 scholarship from the Forest Park Community Center through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

Silver Cross Hospital provided this news release:

The Forest Park Community Center recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Joliet resident Jayla Johnson. Johnson is attending Indiana State University. Funding for the scholarship was made possible by a grant from the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

“The Forest Park Community Center is grateful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission for the scholarship grant,” said Bettye Gavin, executive director of the Forest Park Community Center. “Providing scholarships allows area students to enhance their lives through higher education which empowers them to eventually give back to the community.”

Forest Park awards annual scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

Since 2008, the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has provided over $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to create a stronger, healthier future for the residents of the east side of Joliet. To learn more about the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, visit www.silvercross.org.