GW Carver National Alumni celebrated the 73rd anniversary of George Washington Carver High School during the July 4th weekend.
The highlight of the celebration was the annual SA Gilliam Scholarship Awards Banquet on July 5 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Rocky Mount. The opening selection, the Alma Mata was led by James “Big Jim” Staton, class of 1954 and DJ of Morgan State University Radio WEEA 88.9FM.
Eleven $1,500 each scholarships were awarded to the following college-bound high school graduates: Angelique Maya Phifer, Brooklyn Powell, Cherise Holmes, James Staton III, Jasmine Jenkins, Kaylyn B. Hardy, Malcolm Jalen Sanders, Maryam Ayesha Outlaw, Shermanta Parker, Tiffany Blossoms and Tameka Wright.
Since our first scholarships were presented in 1976, we have awarded 221 students scholarships ranging from $250 in the beginning to currently $1500. The GW Carver alumni thank everyone for your continued support to the SA Gilliam Scholarship Fund. Every donation is deeply appreciated. We don’t take it lightly, without the supporters this could not happen.
The banquet keynote speaker was Andre Cooper, a rising senior business administration student at Edgecombe Community College, who serves as president of the Student Government Association and also was the national winner of the Public Speaking Contest in Anaheim, Calif. He delivered a very powerful speech, encouraging the recipients to dream big, work hard and stay focused on the dream. He lectured to the eleven scholarship recipients about the qualities to be successful; constantly reminding them to put God first in all that they do.
National President Leah Vines and the Alumni Association congratulate Andre and the scholarship recipients and wish them continued success in their future academic endeavors. Entertainment for the evening was provided by gospel singer Sandra Lewis of Tarboro, who delivered an amazing performance and set the atmosphere in her own unique and special way.
The following GW Carver High School ministers who attended the banquet were honored and presented The GW Carver Minister Eagle Award by Vines and Vice President George Barnes: the Rev. Ira Blossom, the Rev. E. Ray Bynum, the Rev. Beulah Cooper, the Rev. Florence Pender, the Rev. Walter Pitt, the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker and the Rev. James Williams Jr. The honorees response was given by the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
B.C. Pitt was awarded the DB Gilliam Award, presented by Membership Chairwiman Dornella Joyner for his dedication to the association through the years. The Benjamin Staton Award was presented by Washington/Baltimore Chapter President Mary Staton to Bessie Reynolds for outstanding achievements. These two awards are presented annually to members of the organization.
The class of 1967 again was the top contributor to Classes in Retrospect for the SA Gilliam Scholarship Fund. Each class strives to raise $1,000 or more each year for their presentation at the banquet. The Pinetops/Rocky Mount Chapter sponsored the Prom on July 4 at GW Carver School in Pinetops and was enjoyed by all who attended. A fellowship breakfast and business meeting was held onJuly 5 at the Comfort Inn in Rocky Mount.
“Sincere thanks to everyone who attended and supported the 2014 events in any way to make the fundraising season a success,” Vines said. “We have great plans for 2015.”