MT. VERNON — Three local students have been awarded $500 scholarships by the Jefferson County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The recipients include Dominique Robinson, Whitney Malone and Nickole Woods. Robinson is also receiving a $500 scholarship from the African American Heritage Committee.
Each student will be recognized for their achievements at the African American Heritage Committee Gala set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. The scholarships are awarded annually.
“I think both organizations feel that by offering scholarships we want to help these students to continue their education, to help them to move into society and become productive individuals,” said Rev. Ron Lash, president of the Jefferson County NAACP.
Although the scholarships are modest in amount, they prove quite helpful for students, said Cleo Holt, education chairman for the local NAACP.
“It helps them out,” Holt said. “It might not be a significant amount, but it does help them along the way with the expenses that they incur.”
Robinson has been accepted at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He plans to study Biomedical Biology on a “pre-medical track,” states a Heritage Committee news release.
Currently, Robinson ranks in the top third of his class of more than 300 with a 3.33 grade point average, the release states.
“His devotion is evident based on his success in the classroom,” the release states.
Malone is now a junior at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, majoring in Criminal Justice. She has also been involved in Alpha Sigma Tau’s Nomination and Sisterhood Growth and Development Committees and SIU’s Criminal Justice Club, the release states.
“She is respected by her peers both academically and professionally,” the release states.
Woods has also been accepted to attend SIUC. Her goal is to become an obstetrics nurse, the release states.