Stillman College Awards Convocation
Stillman College held its annual Awards Convocation for the presentation of scholarships and awards on April 11, 2013.
Anthony Zermeño, a senior from Colton, CA, was awarded the Dr. Herman D. Hughes Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship honoring Dr. Hughes, a native of Eutaw, Alabama and a 1959 graduate of Stillman, was established in 2007. It is awarded to a student majoring in either mathematics or one of the physical sciences with a minimum 3.00 grade point average.
Kendra Houston, a sophomore from Memphis, TN, was the recipient of the Sarah S. Davis Endowed Scholarship. The Stillman College Board of Trustees in honor and appreciation of Mrs. Sarah Striggles Davis’ contribution to the good of the College established this scholarship in 1996, and it is awarded to female students who show excellence in scholarship and commitment to service.
Jade Chapman, a sophomore from Markham, IL, was awarded the Helene W. Hibbard Endowed Scholarship. Gulf States Paper Corporation gives this scholarship in honor of Mrs. Helene Warner Hibbard, a long time Stillman trustee, and former chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the education of a full-time enrolled student at the College.
Jeraun Pogue, a sophomore from Mobile, AL, was the 2013 recipient of the George A. LeMaistre Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1983, and is jointly awarded by the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa and Stillman College to a rising junior or senior enrolled in a business or pre-law curriculum who exhibits good citizenship, high cumulative grade point average, Christian background, and evidence of leadership and commitment to service.
Joseph Pough, a junior from Mobile, AL, was awarded the Fred L. May Fellowship Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established to award deserving students in the Harte Honors College.
Brittani Sutton, a sophomore from Jackson, MS, was the recipient of the Armond Thomas, Sr. Endowed Scholarship. The Thomas family in memory of Armond Thomas, Sr., a strong supporter of Stillman College, established the scholarship. It is the desire of Dr. and Mrs. Eddie B. Thomas and his family that the scholarship be awarded to a student majoring in elementary education, who has completed the freshman year with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, is enrolled full-time at Stillman, and exemplifies good character.
Marcus Felton, a sophomore from Opelika, AL, and Cornelius Moye, a freshman from Camden, AL, were awarded the Eugene and Amanda Webb Scholarship. Dr. Webb, a former trustee, and successful entrepreneur in New York City with interest in real estate, banking and investments, and his wife, established the scholarship to be presented to the two top business majors at the College.
Karen Salanguit, a sophomore from Hueytown, AL, was the recipient of the Edwards Science Endowed Scholarship. Dr. Horace B. Edwards, former trustee, and Mrs. Fran M. Edwards of Topeka, Kansas established the scholarship in October 2000. Dr. Edwards is the brother of the former registrar at Stillman, Mrs. Evelyn Nalls, and Mrs. Myrtle Gray, a Stillman alumnus.
Trevor Englade, a freshman from Paulina, LA, with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, was the recipient of the Terrell and Unareed Harris Endowed Scholarship. Dr. Trudier Harris, class of 1969, and her brother Peter Harris, established the scholarship in 1992, in memory of their parents and it is awarded to a student majoring in English or Business Administration who demonstrates leadership on and off campus.
Bruce Henderson, a senior from Brookside, AL, was awarded the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2002 for students in the Harte Honors College who intend to permanently reside in the United States after completion of their studies.
Sophomore Ashley Irby, a native of Birmingham, AL, with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, was the recipient of the Cordell and Marie Wynn Fellowship. The Wynn Fellow was established in 1986 in honor of President Emeritus, Dr. Cordell Wynn, and his wife Mrs. Marie Wynn. Fellows must possess good character, leadership traits and evidence of scholarship and servanthood.
Lindsey Payne, a junior from Chelsea, AL, was awarded the Francis D. Stillman Leadership Scholarship. Francis D. Stillman established the scholarship in memory of Dr. Charles Allen Stillman, and it is awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated leadership in his/her service to the Stillman College community and/or leadership in service to their home community.
Taylor Street, a sophomore from Detroit, MI, was awarded the Betty and Coy Williamson Endowed Scholarship. Betty and Coy Williamson are Stillman alumni. Mr. Williamson is deceased, and Mrs. Williamson currently serves on the Board of Trustees. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in the Business Department.
Freshman Hannah Burr, a Tuscaloosa, AL. native, was the recipient of the Tuscaloosa Reunion Club Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the National Tuscaloosa Reunion Club in 2012. The club was founded in 1965 in Chicago by Tuscaloosa natives, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steele, seeking to celebrate those with roots in Tuscaloosa. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is a native of Alabama, displays strong character and leadership qualities, and possesses a minimum 3.00 grade point average.
Tolulope Akinpetide, a sophomore from Sydney, Australia; Devonta Gilmore, a sophomore from Lakeland, FL; and Jeffrey Wherry, a junior from Huntsville, AL, were recipients of the Alexander Morrow Athletic Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2012 by the family and friends of Mr. Alexander Morrow, a 1955 Stillman graduate who played on the College’s first football team, and was a stalwart supporter of Stillman athletics. The scholarship is awarded to assist student athletes who possess a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Candace Mitchell, a freshman from Birmingham, AL, was the recipient of the Alabama Power Foundation Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1989 to promote the education of a deserving full-time student concentrating their studies in a business-related area.
Freshman Michael Cromartie, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, was awarded the Claudia D. Williamson Hill Endowed Scholarship. Cromartie is from McDonough, GA. The scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of Mrs. Hill, with income from the endowment being used to support an African American student from Georgia.
Derek Stallworth, a sophomore from Margaret, AL, was awarded the Louise Hicks McCoy Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of Mrs. McCoy, a Stillman alumna. It is awarded to a rising junior or senior who has shown great improvement during their matriculation at Stillman.
Kristina Kelly, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, AL, was awarded the Reese Phifer Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed by the Phifer Wire Company in 1988, and is awarded to an outstanding student from Tuscaloosa.
Tamba Mondeh, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, AL, with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, was awarded the George and Mattie Washington Endowed Scholarship. Friends and family established the scholarship in 1996 with the stipulation that the recipient must reside in Tuscaloosa and is willing to become familiar with the work and contributions of the Washingtons.
Ashley Savage, a junior from Alabaster, AL, was the recipient of the W. James and Dr. Willa G. Lowe Endowed Scholarship. Dr. Willa Lowe and family established the scholarship in 1998 in memory of Mr. Lowe, who was strongly committed to education, community service, and civic responsibility. In addition to junior classification, the recipient must have a minimum “B” average, and preferably be a native of West Alabama, and must demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and good citizenship.
Kayode Small, a freshman from Los Angeles, CA, was awarded the Billy and Claudette Archibald Endowed Scholarship. Colonel Dominic D. Archibald, class of 1985, established the scholarship in memory of her parents, both Stillman graduates. The award is given to a first year student who exemplifies the greatest potential to succeed and shows character traits of integrity and perseverance.
Marcus Swanson, a sophomore from Birmingham, AL, was awarded the Perry D. Peoples Jr. Business Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established to assist a student with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average, evidence of good citizenship, leadership and commitment to service, interested in majoring in Business Administration, and/or pursuing a pre-law curriculum, and have junior or senior classification.
Robert Crosby, a junior from Collins, MS, was the recipient of the Bessie German Endowed Scholarship. Elizabeth Baptist Church established the scholarship in December 2001 in memory of the late Bessie J. German, former church musician, and former employee of Stillman College, to assist a student with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 or better, active in the church and community, and a junior.
Tre Finklea, a sophomore from Monroeville, AL, was awarded the Herman and Annie Lavender Smith Endowment Scholarship. The scholarship was established as a leadership award in 1988 by Dr. Herman B. Smith and his wife, Mrs. Annie Lavender Smith, of Atlanta, Georgia in memory of her parents, George and Mattie Lavender.
Shaquitta Dent, a freshman from Opelika, AL, received the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Links, Inc. Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2007 as a merit or need based scholarship for undergraduate students enrolled at Stillman.
Brittney Harris, a sophomore from Jackson, MS; Adolphus McDonald, a senior from Huntsville, AL; and Christopher Weekes, a freshman from Loganville, GA, were recipients of the Mattie Thomas-Brackett and Rufus Brackett Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2009 to honor the late Rufus Brackett, and his wife, the late Mattie Thomas-Brackett who attended Stillman, and believed strongly in hard work, improving one’s life and the pursuit of an education.
Shanterica Blake, a freshman from Irvington, AL, was the recipient of the Eligah Clark and Irene Pruitt Little Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Eligah Clark, a 1963 graduate of Stillman, and Irene Pruitt Little, a 1967 graduate of Stillman, to assist students with a minimum 2.5 grade point average have a well-rounded experience at Stillman. Mr. Clark is a retired colonel of the U.S. Marine Corp, a retired judge, and currently serves as a member of Stillman’s Board of Trustees.
Peter Dele, a sophomore from Fresno, TX, was awarded the Morrow Family Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2011 by Mr. David Morrow and family in honor of Dr. Eddie B. Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs at Stillman, and a long-time educator in the Tuscaloosa City School System. The scholarship is awarded to a Business Administration major who demonstrates outstanding leadership and character, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Jessica Miller, a senior from Anniston, AL, was awarded the Alpha Kappa Advocates for Black Projects Endowed Scholarship. The initiative was established by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc., in 2006 during the organization’s Centennial celebration as a means to advocate HBCU institutions. Stillman College was the ‘pilot” institution for the initiative.
Jasmine Hightower, a sophomore from Dothan, AL, received the Anthony C. Nzeocha Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was named in honor of Dr. Nzeocha, who served Stillman faithfully in the Education and Psychology Departments for over twenty years. He also played a key role in the development of the psychology major at Stillman. Additionally, Dr. Nzeocha valued higher education and worked tirelessly to help others attain their higher education goals.
Chanterryka Calhoun, a sophomore from Montgomery, AL, was awarded the “No Greater Calling Scholarship.” The purpose of the "No Greater Calling" award is to provide support for an education major who plans to become a highly effective teacher. The candidate must be a serious student with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be committed to teaching as a career path.
Kevin McNorton, a Freshman from Columbiana, AL, was awarded the Japheth Hall Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Japheth Hall was a distinguished mathematician, a member of the American Mathematical Society, and a Professor of Mathematics at Stillman College for twenty years. He demonstrated his commitment and concern for the development of mathematical ideas and to this end conducted research, published papers, and participated in activities that led to faculty and student development. This scholarship is given to a student majoring in mathematics who has a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and who shows commitment to excellence.
Joseph Pough, a sophomore from Mobile, AL, was awarded the Elbert Sparks, Jr. Scholarship. Dr. Elbert Sparks was a Professor of Biology and the Chair of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences at Stillman for many years. This scholarship is presented to a student with a minimum of a B average at the time of the award and that student must be majoring in the sciences, preferably biology or pre-medicine.
Rosana Medeiros, a sophomore from Caxias do Sul, Brazil, was the recipient of the International Student’s Award. The award is given not only to the student who has performed academically but to one who also embraces the life of the college and contributes to Stillman.
Michael Reynolds, a senior from Pittsburg, TN, was the recipient of the Social Sciences Award. This award is presented each year to the top graduating senior in the Department of Social Sciences.
Jonathan Mayanja, a Junior Music Major from Northport, AL, was awarded the Pearson/Dendy Scholarship from the Tuscaloosa Music Club. The award is given annually by the Tuscaloosa Music Club in honor of two long-time members of their club.
The Tuscaloosa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Stillman College for the J.W. Robinson Scholarship Award.
Shanterica Blake from Irvington, AL, Carissa Eiland from Selma, AL, and Angela Means from Eutaw, AL, were awarded The Campus Queens Association Helping Hands Scholarship. Erica Watts, Miss Stillman 2011-2012, created this award in an effort to provide scholarships for deserving female students at Stillman who exemplify academic achievement and community and/or civic involvement.
Lacresha Davis, a Business Administration major from Montgomery, AL, was awarded the Driver-Storey Leadership Award. This award was established by Mr. Dennis Driver, a current member of Stillman’s Board of Trustees, and a Stillman graduate, and Mr. Charles Storey, a business entrepreneur in Tuscaloosa and a Stillman graduate.
The Lester and Gertie Solomon Scholarship was awarded to freshman Greer Eubanks. The scholarship was established by Lester and Gertie Solomon, and the State Farm Companies Foundation. It is awarded to a student that graduated from Central High School and is a native of Tuscaloosa County. The student must major in Business Administration and possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
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