Two young men awarded Jennings Scholarships The scholarships honor longtime Fort Wayne parks community center director the late Albert G. Jennings.

Dennis Johnson and Jordan Bridges have been named recipients of this year’s Albert G. Jennings Scholarships, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department announced.

Johnson just graduated from South Side High School, and Bridges graduated recently from Carroll High School. This fall, both young men plan to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Jennings Scholarships are a one-time gift of $500 per student, the parks department said. They are awarded to college-bound freshmen and are based on their academic record, school and community involvement, a written essay and personal interview, the announcement said.

Before receiving the scholarship, recipients also must complete 20 hours of community service work with the parks department to learn more about the neighborhood center that awarded the scholarships and about parks department neighborhood programs, as well as to give back to the community while gaining work experience, the parks department said.

The scholarship is named for the late Albert G. Jennings, who was a strong supporter of local youth during his long career as supervisor and director of the McCulloch Center, at 1330 McCulloch St. The community center was renamed the Jennings Recreation Center in his honor.