Word Tabernacle Church awards scholarships


Word Tabernacle Church recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to seven high school and undergraduate students.


From Contributed Reports

Friday, June 15, 2018

Word Tabernacle Church paused to demonstrate its passion and dedication for continued education during a recent Sunday worship service.

Seven high school and undergraduate students combined received a total of $10,000 in financial support toward their academic goals for 2018, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded to over $100,000 in the past six years.

Senior Pastor the Rev. James Gailliard commissioned the academic scholarship in 2012 for graduating high school seniors attending four-year colleges and universities. Students who apply for the scholarship are then eligible to reapply throughout their undergraduate studies, which could result in recipients individually receiving up to $10,000 over their four-year undergraduate term.

High school recipients for 2018 are Christopher Arnold, graduate of Rocky Mount Preparatory School, awarded $1,000 and will be attending Winston Salem State University, majoring in nursing; John Pickett, graduate of Rocky Mount High School, awarded $1,000 and will be attending UNC-Charlotte, majoring in music; Jada Gailliard, graduate of Nash Rocky Mount Early College High School, awarded $2,000 and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in public health; and Tenaiya King, graduate of Northern Nash High School, awarded $2,000 and will be attending N.C. A&T State University, majoring in economics.

College recipients for 2018 are Nikayla Goss, awarded $1,000 and attends N.C. A&T State University, majoring in computer science; Dah’ja Baines, awarded $1,500 and attends Winston-Salem State University, majoring in nursing; and Quaneshia Hardy, awarded $1,500 and attends Winston-Salem State University, majoring in international business.

“To be eligible, students had to register in the church database, submit an application along with transcripts, ministry involvement forms, community involvement forms, write an essay, and undergo an interview,” said Associate Pastor Kyle Johnson, who oversees the scholarship award. “Each student was evaluated and judged based on a rubric to ensure fairness and equality by a council of administrators/principals, professors, educators, school support personnel, and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their lives to developing students.”

As of 2018, the total scholarship funds disbursed by Word Tabernacle Church has reached $103,000. This does not include the newly founded Xavier B. Wiggins Scholarship geared toward community college students, which has an application deadline of July 15. Wiggins, a former involved youth of Word Tabernacle Church and student of Nash Community College, passed away after a single-car accident on March 15. After Wiggins’ passing and being moved by the scholarship program at his church, Wiggins’ family with the support of Gailliard decided to start a scholarship in his honor.

Johnson was sure to give a shout-out to Word Tabernacle Church members and partners during the recognition service.

“It is through members’ and partners’ offerings and financial support of the mission of the church that these students are able to have this opportunity,” he said.

For more information about Word Tabernacle Church Student Ministries, visit www.wherestudentsthrive.com, call 252-442-2925, or email youth@wordtab.net.