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Essay earns $4,000 scholarship

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 9:37 a.m. CST
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Northern Illinois University sophomore Shakira Barnes, right, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from New York Life and the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE). New York Life’s North Chicago General Office Managing Partner Van A. Ewing II, left, personally matched the scholarship, bringing the award to $4,000. Barnes is one of four winners of the LIFE Lesson Scholarship essay contest. Her essay documented her family's financial struggles after her father died in a car accident without enough life insurance coverage.

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