Concerned Black Men honors scholars at gala

Concerned Black Men scholarship recipients are all smiles. — SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS WILLIS

When Tiffany Santos graduates this week, she will be set with two scholarships. The 18-year-old senior credits her church family at The Temple Love and Child of Love and Praise in North Philadelphia under the direction of Pastor Wilma Banks Austin. They formed a prayer circle for the Dobbins High School scholar to insure that she got rewarded with scholarships for her faith.

Santos was recently one of the recipients of a Concerned Black Men scholarship. She was recognized as a member of the National Honor Society, a soccer team manager and a culinary arts major. Besides being involved in church ministries, Santos also volunteers at the Share Food Program and the Food Pantry Giveaway.

Santos was one of the honorees at 39 Years of Caring for Our Youth gala which took place at the First District Plaza on May 31. For Santos, this accolade comes on the heels of being a finalist in the Philadelphia scholarships awarded by the national C-CAP’s High School Chefs Turning Flour into Gold competition. Again, her tight-knit church members joined in prayers for her success in the contest. She earned a scholarship to attend JNA Institute of Culinary Arts in Center City.

“I was thrilled that I was a finalist,” Santos said. “I just feel so blessed because everyone at church was praying for me. They were praying that I would get the scholarships that I wanted to get. So, I thought it was wonderful that these prayers and hard work paid off, because it was fantastic. I am blessed to have gotten the help and support I needed to do this.”

Santos said that she practiced creating a salad by slicing slivers of cucumbers surrounded by chopped onions and peppers that formed a picturesque ring around vegetables. She also made a French omelet and French chicken in a hunter sauce as well as crepe and pastry glazed desserts. She said that her Dobbins family, including her culinary teacher Penny Greenberg, all contributed to her being awarded 2014 scholarships.

Also receiving CBM scholarships were those who attend parochial and other faith-based schools. Two students from the Delaware County Christian School earned CBM scholarships. They were senior Dallas Thompson and sophomore Kia B. Sutton. Syndni Stewart, a freshman and athlete at the Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy, also was awarded.

Other graduating senior recipients were Cardinal O’Hara High School’s Jessye Remington Storey, Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School’s Tiara Moses, and Country Day School of the Sacred Heart’s Jamilah Guess.

Additionally Bishop McDevitt High School junior Kamryn Lyles, Archbishop Wood High School juniors Devin Cobb and Nafeez Brown-Carter, and Roman Catholic High School freshman Jabril Purnell were among the 2014 CBM scholarship recipients. This year’s Youth of the Year Award went to Tayanah Scott of Mount Airy, a senior at Charter High for Architecture and Design. Other scholarship awardees were Abdelrahman Ali, Khadijah Brown, Mioshi Ellison, Jasmine Walker-Garland, Benjamin Gilbert IV, Nile J. Hodges, Jasil Ivory, Avery Jamison, Bubakarr Jalloh, Javon Jay, Summer Kollie, Keanan McDaniel, Maia Morton, Morgan Smith-Murray, Deja Lewi-Nwalipenja, Diamond Ray, James Saunders, Aliyah Staten, Malik Sylla, Brandon Thompson, Badia Weeks, Derek Walton, David Wright and Nzingha Wright.

“I would especially like to thank all the CBM members for giving their time and endless energy to help improve the lives of our youth and families academically, emotionally, spiritually and socially,” said Todd M. Harrison, the CBM president.

“It’s a blessing to have so many of our young people receive scholarships,” said Minister Joshua Goodin, who delivered the invocation and the benediction at CBM gala. “We thank God for our young people.”

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