Twenty-four African-American students from Northwest Philadelphia and surrounding areas are closer to their dream of attaining a college degree thanks to tuition and book scholarships given to them by the non-profit West Oak Lane-based Concerned Black Men.
The awardees received their prizes at CBM’s Annual Youth Recognition Banquet Friday at the Flourtown Country Club.
Sean V. Brown, a student at the Peddie School in Hightsown, N.J., was named the 2012 CBM Youth of the Year. Brown has been accepted to study biology as a pre-med undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University this fall. In addition to having a 3.4 GPA, Brown excelled at both varsity football and basketball as well as the junior varsity baseball team at his school.
“I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here,” Brown said in his acceptance speech. “I would like to thank my parents because without them I would not be going to Johns Hopkins or getting any of the awards I’ve received. I thank CBM for supporting me and I would like to congratulate all the other students who earned scholarships tonight.”
This year’s other scholarship recipients included Springside students Autumn Temple and Azurai Thompson, Chestnut Hill Academy senior Terence A. Jones, Cheltenham High School senior Je’von Tyrone-Cary White, and Roxborough High School senior Laurence Caulk.
Also, Parkway High School junior Shanice Hill, Northeast High School student Tiaira Wright, and Frankford High School senior Tyler Greene received awards. Additionally, Murell Dobbins High School seniors Quanika English Fowler, Chante Smith, Melvin Ellis and Shyheim Fuller were honorees.
Furthermore, Constitution High School senior Charnique Johnson, Bodine High student Christian Copeland, West Catholic High School athlete David Morton, By God’s Word Christian Academy scholar Donel J. Brown, and World Communications Charter School senior Jasmine Coleman received scholarships.
Julia Masterman High School aspiring journalist Jazzlin Sturgis, and Girard Academic Music student Manuel Jimenez were honored by CBM. Finally, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur junior Janae Grier, Winslow Township (N.J.) High School junior Jayme Braithwaite, Western School of Technology senior Julian Patton, and Cherokee High School (N.J.) karate expert Junice Ward, also received scholarships or book awards as well.
The scholarship awards were sponsored by Dr. Jerry Murphy, Relish Restaurant in West Oak Lane, and many others. During the May 18 event Joseph E. Huggins was officially inducted as a new member of CBM.
“You must work hard at what comes easy to you,” said keynote speaker Omar Barlow. He is the co-founder and academic officer of Barlow Enterprises. Barlow recommended the scholars think big, live their lives on purpose, and excel.
Also on the program were master of ceremonies E. Steven Collins and CBM president Hank Wilson. In addition, Brian Michael Evans of West Oak Lane provided the evening’s music.