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UMass creates scholarship dedicated to civil rights activist

October 18, 2018 GMT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a new scholarship in honor of a local civil rights activist.

The Ruth B. Loving Springfield Area Scholarship is for the school’s University Without Walls program, which assists adults looking to complete their education and to receive a degree. Masslive.com reports the scholarship is named for Ruth Loving, often referred to as “the mother of civil rights in Springfield.”

Loving, who died in 2014 aged 100, served as president of the local NAACP chapter and hosted a radio show called “Focus on Springfield” in the 1960s. She received her degree from the UWW program in 1987, at the age of 73.

UMass says the scholarship will aid students living in Hampden County.