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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides scholarship grant to The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

New Lenox, IL (April 2, 2014)—The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission announced it has allocated $10,000 worth of scholarships to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Joliet Area. Ten $1,000 scholarships were given to the following 10 individuals on March 15, 2014: Kailyn Byrd, Benedictine University; Kywanna Doss, Bradley University;  Diamond Fuqua, Tennessee State University; Cha”Nneka Gaston, Joliet Junior College; Britney Holman, Eastern University; Ashley King, Methodist College; Naomi Mayes, Joliet Junior College; Dyamond Parker, Ball State University; Jasmine Robertson, school undetermined; and Shantel Williamson, Robert Morris College. 

“The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said   Eveleyna Washington, President of Joliet’s Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. “By providing scholarships to local students to further their education, we are helping these children from our community improve the quality of their life.” 

Photo: Pictured are Joliet /Lockport residents and students Britney Holman, Eastern University; Shantel Williamson, Robert Morris College; Ashley King, Methodist College; Kailyn Byrd, Benedictine University; Naomi Mayes, Joliet Junior College; Dyamond Parker, Ball State University; Cha”Nneka Gaston, Joliet Junior College;  who each received a $1,000 scholarship from the the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Joliet Area through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. 

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, they were able to grant new scholarships to 10 deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433, 60436 and 60441. 

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet.  

About The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) consists of members from seventy-seven international and national unions with forty two chapters across the country.  The basic objectives of the CBTU are reflected in its activities and projects.  CBTU continues to support job training initiatives and programs aimed at reducing the black youth unemployment rate, which consistently hovers around 50%. Recognizing the correlation between youth unemployment and education, CBTU chapters continue their support for the public school systems and oppose reduced funding for educational projects and programs, particularly those involving inner city schools.  For more information, visit 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital which opened in 2012 and 6 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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