Saturday, June 2, 2007

Sperry receives scholarship at CSC

Carl Sandburg College student from Oneida, was the one student in the state to receive the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Board of Directors Scholarship.

MAEOPP is the regional professional association for the TRIO programs and encompasses a 10-state region.

Each four-year college and community college with a TRIO program is allowed to nominate one student for scholarship consideration. Sperry was selected from the CSC program. MAEOPP then selects one student from each state to receive a scholarship. Grades, co-curricular or community activity involvement, and an essay are factors considered.

As part of the application process, Sperry wrote an essay explaining her accomplishments, her grade point average, to what four-year school she would transfer and in what field she would major, as well as other relevant personal information. Sperry has completed her associate in applied science degree at Carl Sandburg College and will transfer to Kendall College, taking online classes, this summer to major in early childhood education. Sperry was an active member of the TRIO Student Support Services program while attending CSC.
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Church to recognize three MHS scholarship winners

Three graduating Middletown High School students have been named Marline Lightford-Davis Memorial Scholarship winners and will be honored at the Tried Stone Baptist Church "Graduation Celebration Day" Sunday.

Grace Campbell, Dorionne Dodson and Rodney Hunter were each awarded the $1,000, non-renewable scholarships for African-American seniors at Middletown High School. A church committee selected them out of a group of approximately 15 students based upon their grade point averages and applications, which allowed the students "to express why they deserve being a recipient," according to Elmon Prier, a teacher at Middletown High School.

Hunter plans to attend the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati to major in business, Campbell plans to attend Miami University's Oxford campus to major in microbiology and Dodson will attend Miami University Middletown to major in business.

Tried Stone Baptist Church began awarding the scholarship in 2002 to help more black students go to college. Jerome L. Davis, CEO of Jerome L. Davis Associates in Atlanta, originally donated $15,000 to establish the scholarship in his mother's name. She was a dedicated member of Tried Stone Baptist Church.

"I am extremely proud that Mr. Jerome L. did this," said Prier, who will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony on Sunday. "He invested in our community and gave our children a chance to have a college education and give back to Middletown one day."

Starting in the 2007-08 school year, Davis will increase the scholarship to award four deserving students.
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