• Cash,Coaching,Connections

    NORTHWEST INDIANA'S MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP AND INTERNSHIP CONNECTION

    Giving Scholarships & Support for 20 years!

  • WHAT WE DO

     

     

    A fellowship of partners passionate about providing

    cash, coaching and connections

    to minority students

    in the Greater Gary, Indiana region

     

     

    Gary Education Development Foundation

    Putting students in the classroom is most effective when there is proper cultivation of young minds

    Gary, Indiana


    The Gary Educational Development Foundation, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to deserving Gary Community School Corporation students since 1975.

  • WHO WE ARE

    Rodney D Swope

    CEO Rod & Staff Enterprises

    President

    Donald Austin

    Donald B. Austin, Jr.

    Director of Sales, Screenflex Portable Partitions, Inc

    Edmund Gunn

    Historian & President GEDF Board of Trustees

    Pharmacist CVS Pharmacy

              

    Jeffrey Hughes LinkedIn     

    Environmental Scientist at Ecology and Environment, Inc

    Derrick L. Smith LinkedIn

    Executive Vice President Of Operations at Prime Woodcraft Inc

     

     

    Jeffrey Newbill LinkedIn

     

    Senior Specialty Sales Representative at Amgen

    Eric Williams LinkedIn

    Manager of HSE, Western Hemisphere for Chemical Supply Chain at Baker Hughes

    Lorenzo Reese LinkedIn

    Senior Engineer, Enbridge Energy - Leading Safety, Reliability, and Efficiency

    Roland Hunter LinkedIn

    Training Director IBEW Union

    Treasurer

    Ellery H. Hunter LinkedIn 

    Director Labor Relations at AT&T

    Chaplain

     

      

    Michel Curry LinkedIn

    Global Account Manager at TECT Corporation .

  • OUR HISTORY

    History

    We have invested our time, expertise, economic resources earnest commitment to turn our mission into a reality.  Thus far, through the Gary Education Development Foundation, our fundraising efforts have resulted in the establishment of the B.L.E.E.D. Scholarship Fund which was created to award an academic grant annually to an African American male student in the Gary Public School System who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, character and community service and who is in need of financial assistance. The recipients must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university and submit a 250 word essay stating educational goals and interest in becoming a future Black Leader.

     

    The scholarship is endowed by donations from the 9 Founding Fathers of the organization and corporate donations from companies such as Roadway Express, Kraft Foods, Procter and Gamble and Enbridge. It is the goal of the organization to build and prepare future leaders through educational assistance and mentorship. We are very proud that the fund has been able to generate an annual scholarship and provide mentorship to the recipients since 1998.

     

    Through the generous support of Enbridge we have established an annual scholarship and internship to a minority engineering student in the Northwest Indiana.  Through this financial support and mentor, our interns have often secure career opportunities in Enbridge and have grown to be mentors and supports of the BLEED scholarship program.

     

    We have expanded our reach to include an annual college preparation symposium for local High School Juniors, seniors and their parents.  The symposium focus on the importance of college, tips of funding, and practical tips on how to succeed in while in college.  Participants at the symposium also have an opportunity to win 3-5 smaller scholarships to cover the cost of books or other out of pocket college related costs.

  • GELA BENEFITS

     

    • $5,000 Engineering Scholarship w/Renewable Summer Internship

    • $1,000 scholarship to any College/University

    • Ongoing Mentorship from a Sr. GEL Alliance Member

    • Annual GEDF College Prep Luncheon with cash awards for books

    PAST GEL ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

    Year

    Name

    College

    2017

    Emmanuel Collins

    IUPUI

    2016

    David Conner

    Columbia Chicago

    2015

    Anthony Watson

     

    2014

    Kelon Stewart

    IUPUI

    2013

    DeJuan Hedrick

    Roosevelt Univ

    2012

    Daron Mason

    Purdue North Central

    2011

    Terrance Hunter

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2010

    Darren Dilosa

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2009

    Robert White

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2008

    Joe Williams Jr.

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2007

    Lorenzo Reese

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2006

    Douglas Brady III

    Columbia College

    2005

    Terrance Jackson

    Purdue U

    2004

    Andrew Cooper III

    Purdue U

    2003

    Wilbert Lipscomb

    Purdue U. Northwest

    2002

    Ryan Williams

    Loyola

    2001

    Homer Spaulding

    Bowling Green

    2000

    Ahkeenan Sprouse

    Purdue U

    1999

    Russel B Willis

    Purdue U

    1998

    Roosevelt Ward IV

    Indiana U

    1997

    Charles Donte McMahan

    Purdue U

     

     

  • Tools & Tips

    Nuggets & Pearls of Wisdom

    Greg Teamer, Roland Hunter, Rodney Swope, Finneta Billingsly, Charius Haney, Kira Tyler, Jeffery Newbill, Edmund Gunn, Donald Austin Gary Scholarship awardees got more $$ for books from the GELA!
    April 20, 2018
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  • APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

    DEADLINE IS APRIL 1ST (NO JOKE)

     

    Who's eligible?

    Gary & Northwest Indiana Public, Private, and Charter school minority seniors with plans to enroll in 4-yr colleges or universities.

    $1000 Renewable Scholarship via the GEDF

     

  • ENBRIDGE ENERGY COMPANY PIPELINE INDUSTRY AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

     

    GARY EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP

     

    Enbridge Energy Company will award two $2,500 scholarships to a minority engineering students who are pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines and have an interest in pursuing a career in the Energy Transportation/Pipeline Industry. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded based on the candidate’s potential for academic and career excellence, leadership potential, and for making significant contributions to his/her community.

    The goal of the Pre-Engineering/Engineering Scholarship is to increase the number of minority engineering students who seek careers in the Energy Transportation Industry.

    The scholarship may be awarded only to those students satisfying the following criteria. Students must:

    • Have graduated from a Gary Indiana area public, private or charter High School;
    • Be a qualified sophomore or junior student (minimum second-year students only) enrolled full-time in an eligible degree-seeking program;
    • Be pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines; and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the Energy Transportation/Pipeline Industry;
    • Have active (documented) enrollment in an accredited College or University Engineering program.
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 following the successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time transferable academic coursework,

     

    The scholarship is awarded annually in two disbursements of $1,250 and must be used toward full-time student tuition only (funding may not be used for books, travel or transportation, equipment or any other purpose other than academic tuition). NOTE: If a student drops below the required full-time status, the scholarship will be adjusted to 50% of the award allocated for that semester. The funds will be dispersed from Enbridge directly to the recipient’s school with the “For Tuition Only” stipulation. The BLEEDS will provide school specific contacts and instructions for disbursement.

    Evaluation Criteria

    Applicants will be evaluated based on:

    • Academic achievement
    • Leadership ability (activities, leadership roles, community service, etc.)
    • Work ethic (summer jobs, part-time jobs, etc.)
    • Strength of personal statement and letters of recommendations

     

     

    Required Application Materials

    Applications must include the following:

    • A complete record of all college/university level transcripts,
    • A personal statement (500 to 1,000 words) addressing why the award has been earned by the applicant, interest in the energy transportation industry, and plans for completing an undergraduate degree and continuing formal education,
    • One sealed letter of recommendation from full-time university level faculty member who has taught the applicant,
    • One-page résumé that includes honors, volunteer and civic activities, organizations, and any work experience.

    Other:

    Procedure: One complete application package containing one original of all items listed above must be received by BLEEDS by the close of the business day on March 31, each year of the program’s existence. All items must be collected by the applicant and sent as one complete application package. Application packages missing any of the above items will not be considered. All Documents must be attached as MS-Word or scanned as PDFs and emailed to bleedscholarship@aol.com with the subject line “Black Leader.”

    Letters of Recommendation: All letters of recommendation will be printed on college or university letterhead and should provide insight into the applicant’s character, potential, motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study. Recommenders may email letters to bleedscholarship@aol.com with the subject “Lake County Leader Reco” or may send sealed, original letters by mail to:

    BLEEDS/Enbridge Industry Awareness Scholarship

    515 East 53rd Court

    Merrillville, In 46410

  • $upport the Alliance

    Membership Gives you the privilege of joining us in serving Greater Gary Youth. We provide 1:1 mentoring to our scholarship recipients and we have an annual meeting each year where Iron Sharpens Iron.

    Annual Membership Dues are only $100.

    All the funds go to support student events and grants. That's right, we give to give it away!

    We are so grateful to those who just want to give without joining.

    You can pledge any amount as a tax deductible contribution.

     

    Tax Deductible Donation (any amount in $10 steps) to GELA

    Tax Deductible Donation (any amount in $10 steps) to GELA

    10.00
    The Gary Education and Leadership is an 501 C3.
    Your generous contribution will afford a young leader the opportunity for a college education and is tax deductible.
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    Annual Alliance Dues (Tax deductible) $100

    Annual Alliance Dues (Tax deductible) $100

    100.00
    Its a small commitment for those who want to be part of the planning and delivering of scholarships and other services to the students.

    You also get invited to the annual meeting Golf and Fellowship meeting at various mid west resorts
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    In a continuing effort to broaden the focus and scope of our organization as well as to infuse it with fresh ideas and energy , we encourage those interested in the Alliance to consider becoming members. A candidate for membership must be sponsored by a founding member complete an application, submit the required dues, and be endorsed by by at least 3 active members

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