Published on January 28th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


City of Columbia Recognized Winners, Sponsors of Dream Keeper Scholarships Program

Columbia City Council recognized the winners and sponsors of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarships during its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Winners were announced on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street. Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the of late civil rights leader and recognize those who are committed to serving others.

Thirty-three nominations were received for the Dream Keeper Scholarships Program, which recognizes exemplary displays of voluntary service and academic achievement. A total of $4,000 was donated to this year’s scholarships program, a banner year for scholarship donations. Last year, $2,450 was awarded to Dream Keeper recipients. Thanks to an increase in sponsorships, 14 students were able to receive awards.

The winners of the Dream Keeper Scholarships are:
Ravyn Neosha Cunningham, a student at A. C. Flora High School; $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Grace Church of Columbia and David Day
Kierra Alayah Jackson, a student at Ridge View High School; $500 scholarship sponsored by Alpha Psi Lambda Chapter & Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Tykira Smalls, a student at W.J. Keenan High School; $500 scholarship sponsored by Councilman Moe Baddourah
Gabrielle Cummings, a student at Dreher High School; $250 scholarship sponsored by Cromartie Law Firm, LLC.
Eboni Tytiana Georges, a student at Airport High School; $250 scholarship sponsored by Troubleshooter A/C Heating and Refrigeration
Alyssa Brunson, a student at Spring Valley High School; $250 scholarship sponsored by Gamma Nu Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Taylor Cunningham, a student at A.C. Flora High School; $250 scholarship sponsored by Henri Baskins
JaLyn Nicole Johnson, a student at Blythewood High School; $250 scholarship sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation

The following students received $100 awards:
Princess Anderson, a student at W.G. Sanders Middle School; sponsored by Vincent A. Gatling, Jr.
Lauren Elizabeth Gantt, a student at Hand Middle School; sponsored by Durham E. Carter
Imani T. Osborne, a student at W.G. Sanders Middle School; sponsored by S. Allison Baker
Gregory A. Jackson, a student at East Point Academy; sponsored by Carolyn Gleaton
A new scholarship program was announced at the celebration, the Josiah Caden Jenkins Memorial Scholarships. Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins established the scholarship in memory of his great-nephew Josiah Caden Jenkins. The annual scholarship of $350 will be awarded to two elementary school students.

Recipients of the 2015 Josiah Caden Jenkins Memorial Scholarships are:
Journei Simmons, a student at Round Top Elementary School; $250 scholarship
Harmonie Jade Frederick, a student at Polo Road Elementary School; $100 scholarship
Mayor Steve Benjamin also made a surprise announcement during last Monday’s celebration. Twenty-one additional students will receive a $100 award thanks to donations from the Mayor, City Council and the City Manager. Nineteen of the students were Dream Keeper nominees who did not receive scholarships and two of the students were program participants during the City’s annual celebration.

Winners of the annual Honor the Dream Food Drive, a collaborative effort between the City and Richland School District One, were also announced during the annual celebration. More than 15,000 pounds of food were collected for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Richland School District One collected more than 12,500 pounds and the City collected 2,558 pounds.

The top winners of the food drive are:

Richland One
First Place (tie): Carver-Lyon and Brennen elementary schools-1,895

City of Columbia
First Place: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park-1,272 pounds


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One Response to City of Columbia Recognized Winners, Sponsors of Dream Keeper Scholarships Program

  1. Sallie Cuff says:

    I have admired Ms. Elise Martin for many years. The Bible Way church is sponsoring a Celebration Dinner in honor of Older Americans and would like to have Ms. Martin as one of our guests. Do you have contact information for her?

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