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Beyond Benign Receives Grant to Support Green Chemistry Education at Universities

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Green chemistry education nonprofit Beyond Benign has received a grant from life science company MilliporeSigma to develop laboratory resources for universities. The life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada.

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that generate the least amount of harm and waste possible while maintaining excellent quality. Since 2007, Beyond Benign has integrated green chemistry into K-12 and higher education institutions through teacher training, lesson plans, community networks, webinars, and events.

"We're ecstatic to receive continued support from MilliporeSigma," says Beyond Benign's Director and Co-Founder, Dr. Amy Cannon. "MilliporeSigma recognizes the central role chemistry plays in the world around us. They understand the urgency of training chemistry students - our future workforce - in green chemistry, so as a society we invent in ways that intentionally reduce harm to human health and the environment."

MilliporeSigma's grant will allow Beyond Benign to create an inorganic chemistry resource guide and enhance an existing organic chemistry guide for universities looking to include green chemistry in their courses and programs. The updated Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs created with nonprofit partner My Green Lab will be available in 2020, and the new inorganic chemistry guide will begin development in July 2020. Beyond Benign's Higher Education partners include the University of Michigan at Flint and the University of Toronto.

"Beyond Benign is helping transform the future of science by helping to shape chemists who take responsibility for every step of research and development," said Jeffrey Whitford, head of Corporate Responsibility and Life Science Branding at MilliporeSigma. "Its work reflects many of MilliporeSigma's goals for our own corporate and community sustainability."

As part of its Corporate Responsibility initiative, MilliporeSigma supports organizations committed to solving the toughest problems in life science. They practice green chemistry by manufacturing sustainable products, establishing dedicated programs, and by using the DOZN(tm) 2.0 free online tool it developed to test product and process sustainability against the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry.

About Beyond Benign:

Beyond Benign, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, envisions a world where the chemical building blocks of products used every day are healthy and safe for humans and the environment. Beyond Benign is fostering a green chemistry education community empowered to transform chemistry education for a sustainable future. Beyond Benign's continuum of sustainable science educational programs including, teacher and faculty training, and curriculum development from K-20 are helping to build the next generation of scientists and citizens with the skills and knowledge to create and chose products that are safe for human health and the environment.

Over the past 13 years, Beyond Benign has an extensive history of service, having trained over 6,000 K-12 teachers in sustainable science and green chemistry, designed over 200 open-access lessons, reached over 25,000 youth and community members through outreach, & partnered with over 65 universities to transform chemistry education. Together we can catalyze the development of green technological innovations that result in safer products and processes in support of a sustainable, healthy society.

For more information about Beyond Benign, visit https://www.beyondbenign.org/ or find us on Twitter @beyondbenign, on Instagram @beyondbenign, and on Facebook @beyondbenign.

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Are Your Kids in Danger of Being Sexually Abused at School?

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Thousands of children every year are molested, used for pornography or otherwise sexually abused by teachers, coaches or other school employees - according to leading research, school employees sexually abuse one in ten students before the end of high school. New resources from Stop School Sexual Abuse (SSSA) help parents keep their kids safe.

"Children's safety is just not a priority for many schools," said Charles Gleen from SSSA. "Parents need information to know if their school can be trusted."

SSSA has created the School Sexual Abuse Database, the only directory of educator sexual abuse of students in California. SSSA also has published its School Sexual Abuse Hall of Shame, which uses some of the worst examples of schools enabling the sexual abuse of students to highlight how schools fail on children's safety.

"To reduce educator sexual abuse, parents must know if their school has been unsafe and must be able to recognize dangerous practices," said Gleen. "But that information has not been available before."

Schools don't want you to know

The SSSA database includes cases involving the sexual abuse of hundreds of students from kindergarten through high school in more than 65 communities statewide.

"Schools try to hide or minimize sexual abuse of students," said Gleen. "School sexual abuse is a powerful sign that administrators can't handle the most important part of their job - keeping kids safe. They don't want parents to know they have failed in this most basic responsibility."

Even after abuse happens, schools often do not improve safety. Many believe changes are an admission that they failed before.

"Schools don't automatically become safer, especially if the same leaders who neglected safety before remain in charge," said Gleen. "Parents should ask what has changed to make kids safe. Were school leaders held accountable? Have policies or training improved? Parents need to know what happened in order to demand needed changes."

Recognizing unsafe culture

The failings of unsafe schools are often similar from case to case, and parents can recognize the signs - if they know what to look for. The Hall of Shame provides examples of schools where sexual abuse could easily have been prevented, allowing parents to see how schools enable abuse.

"The Hall of Shame shows the failed attitudes and dangerous patterns of leadership that allow abuse to happen," said Gleen.

The Hall of Shame includes private and public schools from San Mateo (St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School), Daly City (Westmoor High School), San Jose (Dartmouth Middle School), Redlands (Redlands High School), Riverside (Liberty Elementary School) and Anaheim (Kennedy High School).

Understanding the risk

To help children stay safe, parents must first understand the risk themselves, and SSSA research provides insight into school sexual abuse.

"The diverse schools in the Hall of Shame highlight that students can be sexually abused at any school," said Gleen. "Other research shows the highest-risk employees - coaches, teachers, aftercare workers, aides and bus drivers - and reminds that predators are found in every school job."

The cases in the database also help parents understand the ways that educators manipulate children into abuse.

Promoting change through knowledge

"Predators are drawn to schools," said Gleen. "Schools give predators a constant supply of vulnerable kids. Parents need to demand that schools take necessary steps to keep kids safe."

Public pressure is the most effective way to make schools take employee sexual abuse seriously, but for that to happen, parents must know if their school failed and what to watch out for.

Search the School Sexual Abuse Database - https://stopschoolsexualabuse.site/.

Visit the School Sexual Abuse Hall of Shame - https://stopschoolsexualabuse.com/topics/school-sexual-abuse-hall-of-shame.

Other Information on School Sexual Abuse is at Key Topics - https://stopschoolsexualabuse.com/topics.

About Stop School Sexual Abuse

Knowledge is power. Stop School Sexual Abuse is a volunteer-run organization that provides victim advocacy services to school sexual abuse survivors and their families, as well as a website where survivors can tell their stories and a database of school sexual abuse cases. Our mission is to advocate and educate to reduce sexual abuse in schools. Stop School Sexual Abuse is a pro bono site supported financially by our team.

To learn more about Stop School Sexual Abuse, volunteer or submit your survivor story, visit https://www.stopschoolsexualabuse.com/.

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Studies Weekly opens its online curriculum to all during COVID-19 outbreak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Due to California school closures, and the need for many teachers and students to conduct learning remotely, Studies Weekly announced March 13 that it opened its online curriculum platform, Studies Weekly Online, free to all users.

Studies Weekly Online is now open for ALL teachers and students to use, whether or not they are current customers.

Studies Weekly Online is a full K-6 standards-based curriculum state-adopted in California for Social Studies, which normally pairs with the company's periodical-based printed materials. This online platform includes all student editions, Teacher Editions, lesson plans, English Language Arts integrations, and customizable assessments.

Teachers can start their free access to Studies Weekly Online by visiting https://www.studiesweekly.com/.

About Studies Weekly

Studies Weekly is a Utah-based educational company which creates customized, standards-based curriculum for Social Studies and Science, founded on integrated learning strategies that increase student knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Students enjoy the content-rich articles in newspaper format, with thousands of primary source documents, images and videos included online.

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Berkeley Coding Academy Opens Doors with Summer Camp in Machine Learning and AI

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Berkeley Coding Academy, a new computer science team of credentialed teachers, is offering summer camps to empower youth in Python Programming, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.

Machine Learning has not been an option for middle school and high school students until now. Machine Learning is the ability of computers to make predictions from data without being explicitly programmed. More importantly, Machine Learning allows systems to problem-solve and refine themselves again and again, making it the most valuable skill in the economy today.

Corey Wade, chair of the math department at Berkeley Independent Study and lead author of "The Python Workshop," developed BCA to bring Machine Learning to a wider and younger audience. A multiple grant award winner, Wade has run after school coding clubs with students to create iPhone Apps, design websites, and analyze big data. Wade realized that bringing Machine Learning to the high school curriculum, however, was a slow process. The urgency and potential of high school students to become acquainted with Machine Learning inspired Wade to start BCA right away.

BCA partnered with Hands-On!, Berkeley's first STEAM lab run by credentialed teacher Tracy Hollander. Hands-On! provides STEAM camps during summer for ages 5-11. BCA will provide Machine Learning & AI camps at the same location for ages 12-18. All instructors at BCA and Hands-On! are Berkeley credentialed teachers with deep experiences in the classroom.

According to Wade, "Many talented people understand Machine Learning, but very few teach Machine Learning to high school students. It's definitely a challenge. When I look at what my students accomplish in math, I know they can learn Machine Learning. Our students, given the right guidance and motivation, can do anything."

What makes BCA special is that Bay Area middle school and high school students now have the rare opportunity to learn Machine Learning & AI with an experienced and passionate teacher.

Here are 5 facts about Machine Learning & AI in the world today, from Finances Online. (https://financesonline.com/machine-learning-statistics/)

1. 80% of companies plan to adopt AI for customer service by 2020. (oracle.com)

2. 97% of mobile users use AI-powered voice assistants. (creativestrategies.com)

3. $28.5 billion - The total funding allocated to machine learning worldwide during the first quarter of 2019. (statista.com)

4. $13 trillion - The potential global economy that AI could deliver by 2030. (mckinsey.com)

5. 74% of companies say ML will transform jobs and industries. (memsql.com)

Here are 5 reasons why Bay Area students should enroll in a Machine Learning & AI summer camp with BCA.

1. Machine Learning is a game-changer - Students who build Machine Learning models will gain an edge. Machine Learning is usually reserved for upper division college students, graduates, and data science professionals. BCA changes the status quo by making Machine Learning available to teens.

2. Big data is bigger than ever - BCA students learn how to program in Python and analyze big data. Using Python to analyze big data is the work of a data analyst and typically commands a large salary.

3. Friendships and mentorships can transform lives - Learning from and working with like-minded peers can help solidify technical skills and forge lifelong friendships. Moreover, BCA encourages developing relationships with mentors, potentially leading to exciting opportunities that extend beyond summer.

4. Limitless opportunities for social impact - Working with big data and coding in Python is valuable to many people. Opportunities to help others in camp will arise, and opportunities to help local communities may surface.

5. BCA teaches professional coding skills through "real-world" datasets - The code that BCA teaches is the real deal. It's the same code used by professional data scientists.

For more information about BCA, visit https://www.berkeleycodingacademy.com/ - or email info@berkeleycodingacademy.com.

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Dr. Alan Nasar, Orthopedic Surgeon at AOSMI, Speaks on How Technology is Driving Surgery at Freehold Borough High School’s Medical Science Program

FREEHOLD, N.J. -- Dr. Alan Nasar, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), Freehold and Monroe townships, N.J., recently presented an interactive video program to senior students enrolled in the Medical Science Program at Freehold Borough High School. Dr. Nasar tied together the use of innovation and technology with how both are being used to improve orthopedic surgery and the lives of patients.

Dr. Nasar showed the students surgical videos of knee replacement with custom cutting guides, and cartilage transplantation of the knee. An informative question and answer session followed. This type of interactive presentation allows students to learn about orthopedics in an interesting and engaging format and also provides the opportunity for them to speak with a professional surgeon.

"I wanted to give the students concrete visualization of what they could contribute to society in the medical field," said Dr. Nasar. "I still remember the excitement I felt when I was introduced to biotechnology in engineering school. The first time I sat in on a surgery, I knew I wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon. Now I have an opportunity to blend both surgical procedures and technology for the benefit of my patients in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties."

Dr. Nasar also discussed the topics of healthcare economics and the challenges and rewards of practicing medicine in 2020.

James Matera, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at CentraState Healthcare System, arranged for Dr. Nasar to speak to the Freehold students. For further information about AOSMI or to have Dr. Nasar speak to your group, contact him at 732-720-2555.

Dr. Alan Nasar, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, is a member of the AMA (American Medical Association), and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Nasar holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, New York City, where he received specialized training in biomechanics and biometrics. He received his M.D. from the medical school of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed surgical internships in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at the State University of New York - Stony Brook Hospital, and adult reconstructive surgery at Desert Orthopaedic Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Today, the surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) provide the Monmouth and Middlesex County communities with specialists for every orthopedic need, including sports medicine, joint replacement, fracture care, spine care, work injury care, hand and wrist care, physiatry, foot and ankle care, and osteoporosis care.

Located in the Pond View Professional Park at 301 Professional View Drive in Freehold, and Renaissance Crossing Medical Arts Building at 312 Applegarth Road, Suite 101, Monroe Township, New Jersey, Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provides advanced medical care with leading doctors and surgeons, state-of-the-art technology, and exceptional Patient-Centered, Patient-Focused Care(tm).

The physicians at AOSMI have a combined 100 years of experience providing exceptional orthopedic care to the New Jersey communities of Monmouth and Middlesex County.

For more information, call 732-720-2555 or visit: https://advancedorthosports.com/

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Indian Prairie School District 204 (Illinois) Selects Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint

AURORA, Ill. -- Indian Prairie School District (IPSD) 204 has selected the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform by Edupoint® Educational Systems for its K-12 student information and learning management needs. The district's cloud-hosted Synergy solution will include Synergy Student information System, Synergy Assessment, Synergy MTSS, Synergy Special Education, and Synergy Analytics.

IPSD 204 is the fourth largest district in Illinois, serving approximately 28,000 students across 33 schools in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago.

"In recent years we've made a massive, concerted effort to create a one-stop solution where our entire district can go to participate in the education experience," said Adam Smeets, Chief Technology officer at IPSD 204. "We wanted to make it easy for teachers to focus on students, for students to focus on their own learning, and for parents to support them both, with administrative systems staying in the background. One of the primary reasons we chose Synergy, and what we look forward to most, is that it represents this vision as an actual product."

Decision-makers at Indian Prairie engaged in an exhaustive, three-month search, thoroughly reviewing and vetting all potential options in an evaluation process that consisted of two rounds of demonstrations and the collection of nearly 60,000 data points. The process involved all constituencies - including students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.

IPSD 204 users will be able to access all of their data in real time through one interface using one login, with role-based views displaying the right information and tools to every user. Role-based mobile apps provide unparalleled mobility and convenience for all user types.

"By selecting the full suite of Synergy modules, Indian Prairie is choosing a powerful ecosystem that will connect its people to each other and to a rich menu of productivity tools and student data - seamlessly and in real time - to simplify everyday tasks, gain unprecedented student performance insights, and benefit every user," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "We are proud to be part of the district's mission, putting teachers, students, and parents at the center of the education experience."

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way K-12 educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, response to intervention, assessment, special education management, and analytics. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give parents, students, teachers, administrators, health staff, special education teams, and counselors access to the tools they need when and where they need them. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support 4.5 million students in 21 states.

Learn more: http://www.edupoint.com/.

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Team Rio National and Sports U announce merger to create Team Rio University

COLTS NECK, N.J. -- Team Rio National and Sports U are proud to announce a collaboration and combination of NJ's most successful grassroots basketball programs over the last decade with the creation of Team Rio University (Rio U). As an Under Armour Association sponsored program, Team Rio University is able to deliver a complete student-athlete basketball development and educational advancement program.

Players will have access and support to the finest coaches, trainers, mentors, and educators to reach their potential on the court, in the classroom, and in life.

Over the last decade, the combined programs have graduated over one hundred NCAA Division 1 scholarship athletes, seven McDonald's All Americans, and eight NBA players.

"Eight years ago we created Team Rio National because we wanted a comprehensive academic and basketball development experience for a group of passionate local players. Over the years, the formula has proven successful and we would like to extend the opportunities to more student-athletes in the tri-state area. By combining forces with Sports U, Team Rio University can extend its reach and help impact more youth players throughout the region," said Brian Klatsky, founder of Team Rio National.

Former Big East head coach and Team Rio coach, Mike Rice added "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Brian Coleman and his accomplishments with Sports U are immense. We now unite and marry the two strongest grassroots programs over the last decade in New Jersey. This is going to have a very positive impact on student-athletes in the Garden State."

Sports U founder, Brian Coleman, says "This merger is going to be a disruptor and game changer in the tri-state basketball community. I'm very excited for the future of Rio U basketball!"

Shannon Coyle, coach and director of Rio U Girls, added, "After a very successful launch of the Girls UAA circuit in 2019 and the inaugural seasons of Team Rio National girls, we are very excited to broaden our reach throughout the tri-state area with Sports U. The synergies, resources, and network that come with the combination of both boys basketball and Sports U, gives our girls an elite experience for them to maximize their potential."

Tryouts for the upcoming season start on February 29, 2020 and continue on March 7, 2020. Tryout details, location, and times, can be found at https://teamrionational.com/.

About Team Rio University:

As a 501(c)(3) organization, Team Rio University is an Under Armour sponsored program that assists student-athletes on and off the court in their pursuit of college and professional basketball. The boys and girls programs participate in the highly regarded Under Armour Association (UAA). Both the boys and girls UAA leagues generate hundreds of college coaches and scouts at their NCAA live session events to provide student-athletes a world class platform for competition and recruitment.

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Global Business Management Certificate Opens Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Central-North Florida District Export Council recently opened enrollment in its new Global Business Management Certificate program for companies looking to grow their presence in the global marketplace and for individuals wanting to prepare for the NASBITE (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation, often a requested qualification in the U.S.

The District Export Council's (DEC) Global Business Management Certificate curriculum follows and contains the domains and topics of the NASBITE's CBGP designation including global business and exporting; global marketing; global supply chain management; and global trade finance. There are two tracks available to participants: intermediate and advanced. Both tracks can be completed in a year.

The format of the certificate program is on-line webinars and a capstone in-person day of training. All successful participants receive a completion certificate from the University of Central Florida and the Central-North Florida District Export Council.

Dr. Oz Erdem, chair of both the Central-North Florida District Export Council and the National Association of District Export Councils led the development of the Certificate's curriculum to fill the need for a program of instruction to immerse companies and individuals in the key facets of exporting. "We designed the curriculum to highlight real-world examples, case studies, practical knowledge, and the wealth of resources. The curriculum directly supports preparation for the CGBP designation."

Many of the DEC's Global Business Management Certificate program instructors are U.S. Department of Commerce appointees to the Central-North Florida District Export Council.

The deadline for enrollment in the Intermediate track is April 17, 2020. Class dates and times, enrollment information, and payment details are at https://floridaexports.org/global-business-management-certificate

About Central-North Florida District Export Council:

The Central-North Florida District Export Council (DEC) is one of the 61 District Export Councils established by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the U.S. Its 35 members are business professionals and experts in exporting, providing leadership and international trade mentoring in North, West and Central Florida. The DEC's mission is to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts. The DEC represents the interests of the U.S. exporting community by providing business counseling on the export process, trade education through seminars, and community outreach to encourage firms in the North, West and North Florida areas to export. Learn more: https://floridaexports.org/

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Energy Optimizers, USA Awarded as The Sole Provider of LED Lighting and Energy Savings Programs to Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia (OCEPC)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Energy Optimizers, USA (EOU) is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia (OCEPC) and its six purchasing co-operatives as the sole provider for its LED Lighting and Energy Savings Program for the third year of the program.

School districts and local governments across the state can now partner with EOU to develop and implement LED lighting, energy savings, and facility improvement projects. More than 450,000 students will benefit from the partnership. Competitive bidding has already been completed, reducing project costs and providing faster design and implementation.

Since 2009, Energy Optimizers, USA has worked with communities to increase energy efficiency in schools, government facilities, businesses, and more. EOU is proud to have the chance to work with school districts and local governments in Ohio to create innovative solutions to improve their facilities.

Implementing LED lights in classrooms not only cuts down on costs for schools and taxpayers, but it also creates a better learning environment for students and teachers alike.

"We are so pleased that the board members of the OCEPC have great confidence in our program, and that the results delivered meet and exceed their project goals," said Belinda Kenley, vice president of business development.

More than $17 million in energy savings projects have been sold to Ohio schools and public entities utilizing this program since 2018.

School administrators seeking either energy savings or facility improvement projects or funding for these projects can reach out to Energy Optimizers, USA by phone at (937) 877-1919 or by emailing Belinda Kenley at bkenley@energyoptusa.com.

Their experienced team of engineers and analysts will first perform an energy audit to understand the district's immediate facility issues. The team will then strategize and present multiple recommendations on how the district can save money while also improving its facilities.

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial, and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 889-9261.

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TCF Bank Renews Partnership with the Michigan Chronicle to Invest $100,000 in Detroit Students and Educators

DETROIT, Mich. -- TCF Bank announced today that it will renew its partnership with the Michigan Chronicle to provide scholarships to Detroit high school seniors through the Michigan Chronicle/TCF Bank S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship Awards. For 2020, the bank will award scholarships between $5,000 and $20,000 per student to 15 awardees.

Launched in 2015, the S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards were created to ensure that more Detroit students who demonstrate leadership in areas other than academics have access to scholarships. The scholarship program is open to current high school seniors who live in Detroit and attend a Detroit Public School Community District high school, or a charter school located within the city.

Applying students must be planning to attend college or a trade school in the Fall of 2020, have a grade point average ranging from 2.25-3.2, and have demonstrated a commitment to community, service and integrity.

"The S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards are a continuing opportunity for our bank to further enhance our commitment to the future of the young men and women of Detroit," said Gary Torgow, Executive Chairman of TCF Financial Corporation. "Over the years of the S.W.A.G. scholarship program, the recipients have become connected to our TCF family through internship opportunities and our continued involvement in their education.

"It is no secret that the cost of higher education, be it a trade program, community college, or four-year institution, places the opportunity out of reach for many of our children, says Hiram Eric Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. "That challenge is magnified exponentially for those students who despite demonstrating undeniable leadership skills, may not be the highest academic achievers. That's where The S.W.A.G. Awards come in," continues Jackson. "The S.W.A.G. Awards are about giving the average student who works hard, gives back, and shows leadership in other areas that extra push towards success."

Since the program inception, TCF, formerly Chemical Bank, has invested more than $400,000 in the S.W.A.G. program, alongside its other investments in the city including the Strategic Neighborhoods Fund, the renaming of the TCF Center, and most notably the development of an all-new headquarters site in downtown Detroit, highlighting the bank's commitment to reinvest in the communities it serves.

New for 2020, school professionals including teachers, coaches, counselors, and other education professionals, at qualifying schools can also secure a S.W.A.G. Awards school improvement grant through the program's new Influencer Award. Five $1,000 grants will be awarded. Candidates for the awards will be identified by principals, students, and parents who nominate the individuals that go above and beyond for their students.

Applications for the 2020 Michigan Chronicle/TCF Bank S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards opened February 24, 2020. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Students, teachers, and parents interested in learning more should visit https://michiganchronicle.com/swagawards/.

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