The Rev. John H. Scott Memorial Fund will host its annual scholarship program at the Old Tallulah High School Cafeteria, 600 Bayou Drive, Tallulah, Louisiana on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Two graduating high school seniors will be presented scholarships. The event is free and open to the public.
Based upon criteria set by the Fund, scholarship recipients will be selected from this year’s applicants: Madison Parish – Agape Skinner; Richland Parish - Kimberly Jansky, Danielle Porter, Constance Gray, LaDiedra Hardman, and Shatikawa Griffin; West Carroll Parish - Deanna Drungo; East Carroll Parish - KaDeidra Hootsell and Forrest Middlebrook.
An inspirational program will feature a presentation of original essays by the applicants and a keynote speaker. The keynote speaker will be Harriet Scott Pullen, youngest daughter of Rev. John H. Scott. Ms. Pullen, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service, is active in the youth ministry at her church, North Highlands Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the author of the play, They've Waited too Long to Kill Me-I've Voted Now!" about the struggle for voting rights in East Carroll Parish. Children from her youth ministry performed the play at a Memorial Fund annual program and at several other venues.
Three awards will also be given during the program. Ms. Jenee Boothe will be the recipient of the 2014 Alease J. Scott Memorial Award for outstanding community service in Baton Rouge. Her community outreach work includes mentoring middle and high school students, prison ministry, and breast cancer awareness. Mr. Tyrome Taylor, the band director at General Trass High School in Lake Providence, will receive the 2014 Elder Tyrone Scott Memorial Award for using his creativity to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. The Kendall Pullen Memorial Award will be given to Ms. Felicia Williams of Baton Rouge. Through her program, Chosen Generation Community Outreach, she provides a place for students to engage in structured summer activities, including spiritual guidance, cultural enrichment, outdoor activities, fitness and personal safety.
In addition to the program, author Cleo Scott Brown will be available to sign copies of "Witness to the Truth", a book about the life and work of Rev. John H. Scott.
The John H. Scott Memorial Fund was founded in 1981 to preserve the legacy of Rev. John H. Scott, a minister and civil rights leader from Lake Providence, LA. Each year, the Fund awards scholarships to high school students who live in one of five parishes located in northeast Louisiana. Attorney Louis G. Scott, youngest son of Rev. Scott, serves as president of the Fund. Information about the John H. Scott Memorial Fund can be found at www.jhsfund.org, or on its Facebook page.