Doane offers full scholarship to former Belmont students in documentary

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Eight local students are being offered a full ride to Doane University.

The students, who attended Belmont Elementary School, appeared in a documentary called “We Will Not Be Silent.”

It followed the kids, known as the Belmont 8, through the pandemic and as they prepared for a performance at the 2021 MLK Youth Rally and March.

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Doane administrators saw the documentary and were very impressed.

“When we learned of the scholars through a screening that we had at Doane University, it was very easy for us to be able to see the potential, the talent, the leadership at such a young age,” said Luis Sotelo, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

The students will have to complete a series of steps, starting in the sixth grade, to earn the scholarship. These include visits with Doane’s president and a two-day leadership academy during their senior year of high school.

And these eight students are just the start. Doane plans to award the scholarship year.

Recipients must show commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, the university said.

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