Muncie Central’s Shekinah McNeil, MaKaiya Lowe Receive ‘I Have a Dream’ Scholarships

Shekinah McNeil and Martin Luther King Dream Team members. Photo providedShekinah McNeil and Martin Luther King Dream Team members. Photo provided

By Andy Klotz—

MUNCIE, Ind. – Muncie Central High School graduates Shekinah McNeil and MaKaiya Lowe have been selected as this year’s recipients of the “I Have a Dream” Community Collaborative Scholarship presented by Muncie Community Schools in partnership with Muncie Black Expo, the MLK JR. Dream Team and Muncie NAACP.

The winners were selected based on activities and honors that address the mission of the sponsoring organizations, grade point average, financial need, references and an essay that answers the question: Why do you believe it is important to promote harmonious relationships in your community?

MaKaiya Lowe and Martin Luther King Dream Team members.

Both winners will receive $2,000 to use toward their college education. McNeil will attend Tennessee State University in Nashville where she plans to major in architectural engineering. Lowe is headed to Ball State University where she plans to study psychology and pre-med.

Five other applicants received $100 awards:

  • Ashlynn Keith, Cowan Jr. Sr. High School
  • Wyatt Bilby, Delta High School
  • Alton Jackson Jr., Muncie Central
  • Lexis Mardi, Yorktown High School
  • Jasiah Scaife, Muncie Central

“We were thrilled with not only the number of applicants this year, but also with the outstanding qualities and activities represented by these students,” MLK Dream Team member Keith Doudt said. “It was a hard decision and we wanted to award every applicant with a small stipend to help them achieve their dreams of higher education.”

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About Muncie Community Schools

Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at