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CHICAGO — Cassius Rudolph believes “you should pour back into the community what the community poured into you.”

The 24-year-old Englewood native credits family, friends and church for guiding him through the South Side’s rough streets to the graduation stage at Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.

Rudolph, now a graduate student at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is the first person in his family to graduate from college.

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This month, he’s giving back, awarding at least three $1,000 scholarships to seniors at Harlan, 9652 S. Michigan Ave., who will be attending Tougaloo, a historically black college in Jackson, Miss.

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