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ROCKY MOUNT — The G.W. Carver National Alumni Association awarded a total of $14,000 in scholarships to 10 students during its 78th S.A. Gilliam Awards Banquet held July 6 at the Rocky Mount Event Center.
The association is made up of alumni from the former G.W. Carver High School in Pinetops. Alumni have awarded a total of $264,050 in scholarships since 1976, with 268 students receiving awards ranging from $200 to $1,500.
Nine students were awarded $1,500 in scholarship funds and a previous recipient earned a $500 award. The 2019 S.A. Gilliam Scholarship recipients are:
• Nia Farrow, a graduate of South Central High School in Winterville, who plans to attend Winston-Salem State University to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
• Destiny D. Godfrey, a graduate of SouthWest Edgecombe High School in Pinetops, who plans to attend Nash Community College and transfer to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to become a musical and performing artist.
• Tessa Knight, a graduate of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, who plans to attend York Technical Community College and transfer to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to become a registered nurse in pediatrics.
• Sha’Nyah Moore, a graduate of SouthWest Edgecombe High School, who plans to attend Winston-Salem State University and major in criminal justice to become a criminal defense lawyer.
• Jada Pender, a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who plans to attend Hampton University in Virginia and major in computer science and cybersecurity.
• Anniyah Roberts, a graduate of SouthWest Edgecombe High School, who plans to attend North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro to major in criminal justice. She plans to become an attorney and District Court judge.
• James Jeremiah Washington, a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., who plans to attend Virginia State University to major in criminal justice and become a criminal defense lawyer.
• Aaliyah Wilkinson, a graduate of Wright Public Charter School for Journalism Media Arts in Washington, D.C., who plans to attend Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte to major in business management and become an accountant.
• Trinity Hall, a graduate of Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who is attending Virginia Wesleyan University and majoring in communications.
• D’Miya McQueen, a graduate of Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro, who is attending East Carolina University to become a nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse.
G.W. Carver National Alumni Association Vice President Charles Woodard presided over the ceremony. Barsie Jordan provided the welcome and the evening began with a singing of the alma mater. The alumni choir sang four selections and the Rev. E. Ray Bynum gave the invocation and blessing. The Rocky Mount Event Center catered the meal.
Guest speaker was Timothy Jerome “T.J.” Walker, a former S.A. Gilliam Scholarship recipient who serves as assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount where his grandfather, national alumni association President Thomas L. Walker, is pastor. Walker Jr. is employed as a community engagement coordinator. His message’s theme was “You Can, You Must, You Will” and his scriptural text was from Philippians 4:13.
Scholarship Chairwoman Roberteen J. Pettaway presented the 2019 scholarships. After the presentations, alumni recognized classes in retrospect for their contributions. The class of 1967 took first place for the largest amount of scholarship donations, followed by the class of 1956 in second place, the class of 1966 in third place and the class of 1951 in fourth place.
Alumni thanked Washington Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Hemby Willoughby Mortuary, Hunter Odom Funeral Home, Stevens Funeral Home, Shackleford Wrecker Service, V&R Income Tax Services and Walmart for scholarship fund contributions.
Elaine Lewis received the D.B. Gilliam Award for hard work and dedicated service to the alumni. Leroy Williford earned the B.L. Staton Award for service to the association.
Mary Staton, president of the alumni association’s Baltimore-Washington chapter, James Collins, president of the local chapter, and the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker, the national president, gave closing remarks. Walker also gave the benediction.