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IPA Charities Supports ICDHR Scholarship Program


Buffalo Grove, IL, January 16, 2009 --(PR.com)-- IPA Charities has contributed $20,000 to one of the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations’ (ICDHR) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships.

The particular scholarship funded by IPA Charities was presented Saturday, January 10 to Victor A. Scotti, Jr. at the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance and Celebration Dinner sponsored by the ICDHR.

“Scotti is an outstanding, gifted young man with a promising future,” said Reverend Dr. Clyde H. Brooks, Founder, President and CEO of the ICDHR. “He is the kind of man who serves as a good example to others around him,” continued Brooks.

This is the first year the ICDHR has awarded such scholarships. Scholarships were presented to a total of 10 recipients at the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance and Celebration Dinner. The scholarship funded by IPA Charities distributes $5,000 per year over a four-year period.

Other donors include Hayes Mechanical, contributing $17,500; Harris Bank, contributing $5,000; Jones Lang LaSalle, contributing $5,000; Shefsky and Froelich, contributing $5,000; Transunion, contributing $5,000; Comdesco Group, Inc., contributing $2,000; and Chapman and Cutler, contributing $1,000.

Scotti currently attends Morgan Park High School, a Chicago public school. There, he is a member of the International Baccalaureate Program, maintains a 5.0 grade point average and holds the number-one spot in his graduating class. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the high school’s yearbook staff, chief photographer of the newspaper staff, a member of the National Honor Society and a participant in a number of other school organizations. Outside of school, Scotti is active in Top Teens of America, a national youth service organization, and volunteers in the children’s playroom at the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In his spare time, Scotti enjoys reading, writing and photography. Scotti was recently admitted to Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. His goal is to be an urban education reformer focusing on improving America’s public schools.

In keeping with Dr. King’s belief that young people and their parents should continually value the importance of education, the ICDHR—in cooperation with the business community—has launched the Dr. King Scholarship Program. This initiative is designed to identify college-bound high school seniors and raise funds to help them fulfill their dreams of a quality post high school education.

The recipients of the scholarships will be expected to share progress reports quarterly and, when requested, meet with representatives of the ICDHR to answer any questions sought. Scholarship funds will be given, by ICDHR, directly to the college or university selected by students and their parents. Winners were chosen by a scholarship committee formed by the ICDHR. The following criteria were utilized when selecting scholarship winners:
· Results of individual interviews
· Commitment to community service
· Academic achievement
· Evaluation of essays
· Parental support

The ICDHR is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. The organization provides programs and services which address conflicts across racial and cultural lines, identify resources needed to address causes for human relations disparities and involve public and private sector leaders in creating “best practice” models that affect human relation policy. The ICDHR believes that one of the most important bridges for mankind to cross is improving our relationship with each other. The organization works with business, religious, government and community sectors, which are key partners in ICDHR’s mission. Furthermore, the organization has an active Board of Directors representing the business, education and religious communities. Its staff and volunteers are some of the most dedicated and qualified human relations building professionals in the nation.

IPA Charities is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation dedicated to the quest of improving communities and people’s lives around the world. IPA, the largest privately held management consulting and professional services firm for small and medium size businesses in North America, is a leading authority on small business. With annual revenues in excess of $200 million since 2005, IPA is the 6th largest management consulting company in Chicago and the 61st largest consulting company in the world. IPA offers a wide range of proven and innovative methodologies to help businesses grow and prosper. IPA and its alliance partners, including IBA, ITA, AAL and IPA A&I, provide comprehensive business advisory services and tax strategies to companies in the United States, Canada and other locations worldwide. Additional information is immediately available by visiting http://www.ipa-c.com, http://www.iba-c.com, http://www.ita-c.com, http://www.aal-c.com and http://www.ipa-ai.com. The Public Relations Department may be contacted at: telephone (847) 495-6786; facsimile (847) 495-6773.

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