STRAIT – A local organization struggles to find students to apply for its scholarship fund, a few days after the deadline.
Lupus Detroit is known to help those who are suffering from the disease or those who need help coping with the loss of a loved one.
“My first wife, she died (April 13, 2016) of lupus,” said Todd Russell Perkins.
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Perkins said it was a tough time for him. He knew very little about lupus, but said the organization had helped him get through this difficult time in his life.
“After her passing, I had the pleasure of meeting (Lupus Detroit President) Sharon Harris and some of her friends as a support network. But then I found out some of the work she does, ”Perkins said.
Today, Lupus Detroit’s work is well known throughout the metro area. They offer a scholarship of $ 1,000 each to two students who attended high school in Michigan and are currently enrolled in a college or university in the state or out of state.
“It’s a substantial sum for the students. Sometimes they’re books for an entire year, ”Perkins said.
But the organization said no one applied for the scholarship. Perkins blames the pandemic.
“We are a year off. If I remember correctly, I don’t think Sharon was able to do this last year, and now that she’s back up and running this year hiatus also contributes to this shortage of candidates. With smaller organizations like these, although they are trying to donate money, the word is not getting out, ”he said.
The deadline to apply is June 1st. Click here to apply.
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