August 29, 2018

John A. Logan College student Jor’Dawn R. Crim was recently named the Illinois Community College Trustee’s Association 2018 Gandhi/King Peace Essay Scholarship winner at the ICCTA’s annual meeting in Springfield, IL.

Each year one student is selected from each participating community college to compete at the state level. This year, John A. Logan College student Jor’Dawn R. Crim was chosen as the winner of the scholarship. Crim’s essay focused on a support group she manages on social media for LGBTQI individuals in her community. The group is called One Life, One Love, All Freedom.

Contestants were provided with a writing prompt that required them to outline a plan to educate the members of their college community about the scope of the problem and the elements and rationale for a nonviolent response. In the description of their plan, contestants were expected to draw on the lives and writings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  All entries were judged on the basis of the following criteria: demonstrated understanding of the significance of the work of Gandhi and King; content, strength and persuasiveness of argument; personal goals and involvement in peacebuilding efforts; writing style, clarity of expression, and correct grammar and punctuation.

Ms. Crim says she wants to inspire positive change in her own community due to the recent violence that has occurred, and is honored and humble for being recognized statewide. Crim stated that she hopes that she has made her community college proud and plans to continue her activities.

“I hope it will inspire others to be innovative with improvement in their own communities,” said Crim.

Ms. Crim is the president of the Black Student Association at John A. Logan College, as well as a student government representative for that student organization. She is also majoring in Small Business Management and plans to complete her degree in 2020. She plans to continue her studies in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at SIUC.