Four high school seniors awarded scholarship money in annual MLK Jr. breakfast

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Four high school seniors, two from Rockford, are headed off to college with a little help from one fraternity's Rockford chapter.

The men of the Mu Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated presented four young men with scholarship money for college. Each student gave a speech as a part of the oratorical competition on a leader who has had an impact on their lives.

Fraternity leaders awarded every student with something from $500 up to $1,500 based on how they placed in the competition.

"We try to encourage our young men to become speakers and be knowledgeable and they have to stand in front of a crowd and let out a good message," says Tommy Meeks, member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. "This year we're looking at the legacy of Dr. King and President Barack Obama and that's what they'll be speaking on today."

All four of the young men say they have aspirations to become doctors and engineers. Aganze Mihigo from East High School and Jordan Sullivan-Thomas from Auburn High School were local participants. The other two students attend Plainfield East High School in Plainfield (Joshua Williams) and Proviso West High School in Hillside (Khaalid Muhammad).