THE 2016 NEED SCHOLARS (Photo by J.L. Martello)

THE 2016 NEED SCHOLARS (Photo by J.L. Martello)

NEED recently held their 53rd Annual Scholarship Dinner in honor of students who will be moving on to higher education with their help.

NEED was established in 1963 under the direction of founder Florence Reizenstein and Marion Jordan, to assist 76 African American high school students who had been accepted to a college or university, but could not afford to attend. Since then, they have served more than 20,000 students and awarded $20 million in grants and scholarships. The latest class awarded scholarships to 52 of Pittsburgh’s best and brightest students.

MARCIA STURDIVANT president and CEO NEED gives the president’s message.

MARCIA STURDIVANT president and CEO NEED gives the president’s message.

Described as the stewards of their own dreams, students were asked by Kathy Humphrey, PhD, senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff at Pitt, to hold their heads up.

“That’s how far you’ve come,” she said. Then she told them to tilt their heads back as far as they could then said, “that’s how far you can go.”

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