Thanks to your donations, the Fund’s 2011 first place Scholarship Award was increased from $2000 to $3000 and the second place award was increased from $1200 to $2000. On May 7th, 2011 at the Madison/Tallulah Civic Center, we awarded our first $3000 scholarship to Ariell Brown of Rayville High School. Brown is currently a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Alex Charles Ward of Newellton, La, a graduate of Tensas High, received second place. Ward is a freshman at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA where he is majoring in Agricultural Economics. This was a very competitive year of highly qualified applicants such as Jessica Jones, Alescia Riggs, and ShanDeric Washington of Madison High and Xavier Tennant of Rayville High, who all presented their essays at the annual program. All applicants in attendance received gifts consisting of useful items for school.
The Fund’s Vice President, Kendrick Pullen, served as the Master of Ceremony. The keynote address was delivered by Khalif El-Amin of Milwaukee, WI, a grandson of Rev. J. H. Scott and a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where he was point guard and team captain of his championship basketball team. El-Amin, who is currently Assistant to the President/CEO at New Horizon Center, Inc, a Milwaukee based Social Services agency, spoke on “Time”, encouraging the audience to use time wisely, patiently persevering to achieve goals.
Other youth participating were The Stars of Joy New Generation who provided the music and Stormie Jones, our 2009 scholarship recipient, who performed a beautiful praise dance.