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The LEAD Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 by members of the Merck League of Employees of African Descent (LEAD), an Employee Resource Group. The LEAD Scholarship Foundation, formerly known as The Black Employees' Network (BEN) Scholarship Foundation, Inc., gained status as a national 501(c)3 not for profit charitable organization on April 1, 2005, and is now an organization totally separate from Merck.  While the wonderful employees of Merck are still valued supporters, by establishing our organization as a separate entity from Merck, the organization is now open to financial as well as volunteer support from any company or individual.  Please contact us at info@leadscholarshipfoundation.com to learn ways that you and your company can help us make the educational dreams of America's youth become a reality!