Students receive scholarships from church


Ten students were awarded WTC Ambassador Scholarships during Word Tabernacle Church’s seventh annual scholarship service.


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Word Tabernacle Church has a passion and dedication for the continued education of the entire being.

With that in mind, the Rev. James Gailliard, senior pastor, commissioned the WTC Ambassador Scholarship seven years ago for graduating high school seniors attending four-year colleges and universities. Students who receive the scholarship are then eligible to reapply throughout their undergraduate career. In fact, reapplying students could receive up to $10,000 over their four-year undergraduate term.

Ten high school and returning college students were awarded scholarships during the church’s seventh annual scholarship service. Students received a total of $20,000 in financial support for the 2019-20 academic year.

High school division recipients for 2019 are Faith Vaughan, graduate of Rocky Mount High School, awarded $1,000 and will be attending N.C. A&T State University, majoring in pre-nursing; Clarence Washington III, graduate of Wilson Early College, awarded $2,000 and will be attending UNC-Charlotte, majoring in electrical engineering; Asia Clark, graduate of Rocky Mount High School, awarded $2,500 and will be attending UNC-Greensboro, majoring in political science; and Jasmine Newsome, graduate of Fike High School, awarded $2,500 and will be attending Spellman College, majoring in dance.

Returning college division recipients for 2019 are Teliyah Owens, awarded $1,000 and attends University of Mount Olive, majoring in exercise science; Isaiah Stewart, awarded $1,500 and attends East Carolina University, majoring in criminal justice; Tenaiyah King, awarded $1,500 and attends N.C. A&T State University, majoring in journalism with a concentration in multimedia; John Pickett, awarded $2,000 and attends UNC-Charlotte, majoring in music education; Jada Gailliard, awarded $2,500 and attends UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in pre-public health; and Quaneshia Hardy, awarded $2,500 and attends Winston-Salem State University, majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in management information systems.

Associate Pastor Kyle Johnson, who has been intimate with the scholarship awards program since inception said, “Applying requires accountability.” To be eligible, students had to register; submit an application along with transcripts, ministry involvement forms and community involvement forms; write an essay; and undergo an interview.

“Each applicant was evaluated and judged based on a rubric to ensure fairness and equality by a council of individuals who have been involved in the education field for years and who have dedicated their lives to developing students,” Johnson said.

As of this year, the total scholarship funds disbursed by Word Tabernacle Church has reached $124,000. This includes the second-year Xavier B. Wiggins Scholarship geared toward community college students. Wiggins, a former youth of Word Tabernacle Church, passed away after a single-car accident in March of last year. In his honor, Wiggins’ family in partnership with the church established a scholarship award. Melissa Clinton-Pearce received the 2019 scholarship award for $1,000. She currently attends Nash Community College where Wiggins was also a student. Clinton plans to transfer to NC Wesleyan College and major in Psychology.

In his address to the congregation, Gailliard thanked the members of Word Tabernacle Church.

“Your faithful giving is impacting our nation,” he said.

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