Saturday, June 2, 2007

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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