The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women has announced the results of its 2020 scholarship competition. The chapter is awarding $10,000 in scholarships, in denominations of $1000 each to ten (10) graduating seniors from Richland One, Two, Five, Fairfield County, Orangeburg and Sumter School Districts to help defray college expenses.
Chapter President, Mary Miller McClellan, recently announced that while this year’s “6th Annual My Sister’s Keeper Scholarship & Awards Luncheon,” previously scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been postponed to March 27, 2021, due to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scholarships will still be awarded. In the absence of this year’s awards luncheon, the 100 Black Women remain passionately committed to providing scholarships and will honor their long standing practice by awarding $10,000 in scholarships again this year.
The 2020 scholarship awardees are:
Trenell Boyd, Fairfield Central High School; Nia Burton, Dreher High School; Keyana Demons, Richland Northeast High School; Kristian Hardy, Blythewood￼￼ High School; Faith James, Westwood High School￼; R’ Moni Jarvis, Airport High School; Sydney Joseph, SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; Kayla Pickett, Fairfield Central High School; ￼Gabrielle Walker, Ridgeview High School and Anaiya Whaley, ￼Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, HIgh School for Health Professions.
The Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Shirley Watson, and the committee were pleasantly challenged with the onslaught of more than fifty one impressive scholarship applications from which to select the 2020 winners.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization that is comprised of thousands of progressive women of African descent, who represent 62 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color. The organization was founded in New York City in 1970 in an effort to continue the successful implementation of socio-economic and political strategies that began in the mid-1960s.
The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition was chartered in 2014. Subsequent to a study of its demographics, numerous critical service issues were identified in the Midlands in leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, mentoring and economic empowerment, for which the chapter developed programs that addressed the needs of women and girls of African descent. The vision of the organization is to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
For additional information, please visit the chapter’s local website at www.nc100wcolumbiasc.org and the national website at ncbw.org.