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Angeline E. Murry, membership chair, left, and Wanda Brown, president of the Toledo chapter of Girl Friends Inc., respectively, presented a check for the UT Black Community Scholarship Fund to Vern Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement.

The Girl Friends Inc. is considered one of the oldest social and civic organizations for African-American women, with 45 chapters and more than 1,400 members.

The Toledo chapter, which was founded in 1960 and currently includes more than 30 members, recently donated $500 to The University of Toledo Black Community Scholarship Fund in its efforts to promote social, civic and philanthropic endeavors. This was the second donation within the past six months.

“Our donations to The University of Toledo are our way of showing support of youth in the Toledo area,” said Wanda Brown, Toledo chapter president. “As an organization, we encourage the youth not only to enroll in college, but we also support them to succeed and graduate with a degree.”

Proceeds from the Toledo chapter’s Women on the Move benefit luncheon and fashion show went to establish The University of Toledo Black Community Scholarship Fund, which has presented 94 students $500 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen African-American students who graduated from Toledo Public Schools who will attend UT.

Rheanne Dunlap received the 2011-12 UT Black Community Scholarship.

An application for the 2012-13 award is available at www.utoledo.edu/financialaid/scholarshipcontents.html.

For more information about Girl Friends Inc., visit thegfinc.org.

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