By Sheryl Swingley—
MUNCIE, IN—Shoka Griffin is the 2022 Muncie Central High School Alumni Association scholarship recipient. He will attend Ball State University where he will play football and where he plans to major in sports management and criminal justice.
Since 1998, the Muncie Central High School Alumni Association has awarded $37,000 in scholarships to Muncie Central students to continue their education at a four-year accredited college or university in-state or out-of-state.
The one-year scholarship was originally for $1,000, then increased to $1,500 in 2007. The awarding of a $2,000 scholarship began in 2013.
While at Muncie Central, Shoka lettered in three sports – football (team caption and rushing record holder), basketball (team captain) and track. He also was a member of the Central yearbook staff and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition, he regularly volunteered for various community organizations, including the YWCA, Muncie Youth Leadership Team, Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team Freedom Bus, Feed My Sheep Thanksgiving Program and Indy Black Expo.
“With a deep commitment to athletics, Shoka has served as a role model to many younger students,” wrote Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, director of public education and chief executive office of the Muncie Community Schools, in her letter of support.
Kwiatkowski also said, “Shoka consistently exhibits a positive, can-do attitude. He is exceptionally well organized with exemplary work ethic.”
An application to apply for the scholarship is available from the Guidance Office. Scholarship applications need to be submitted no later than April 30 of each year.
The scholarship recipient is invited to attend as a guest at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting in November.
The Muncie Central Alumni Association’s annual scholarship is supported through memberships in and donations to the association. Membership forms for anyone interested in supporting Muncie Central are available from munciecentralalumniassociation.com. Membership forms and donations may be mailed to Muncie Central Alumni Association, 6604 W. Talamore Court, Yorktown, IN 47396.