1st Place Scholarship Recipient

The Gamma Beta Boulé, 32nd Annual High Potential Youth Recognition Awards Program was held in the Fine Arts Center at the University of North Florida (UNF) on May 3, 2016, where over 1200 students and guests were in attendance. This program honors the top African American student’s grades 10-12 in the Duval County Public School (DCPS) system. The co-sponsors of the event were DCPS and UNF.  The evening began at 5:45 PM with registration, a tour of the campus and a reception for students and guests.  A Legends reception to honor the founding members of Gamma Beta Boulé began at 6:00 PM, with many founding members in attendance. Rob Sweeting, News Anchor with Channel 4 News, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The program began promptly at 7:00 PM with educational professionals and city and local dignitaries present. Archon Reginald Luster, ESQ.  was the keynote speaker.

The following seven scholarships were awarded: The $1,000 Semper Fidelis Award, to Taylor Williams of Robert E. Lee High School; $2,500 Dr. James A Joyner, III Foundation Award, awarded by Archon James A, Joyner, II, MD, to Meaunique Pollock of Atlantic Coast High School; The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Achievement Award runner-ups were, 5th place, $2,500, to Yodit Gebretsadik, Stanton High School; 4th place, $2,500 to Omar Howard, William M. Raines High School; 3rd place $2,500 to Tyriq Withers, Paxon High School; 2nd place, $2,500 to Daziyah Sullivan, Robert E. Lee High School; 1st place winner, $3,500 to Esther Iya, Paxon High School.

Several Boulé members also awarded scholarships: Sire Archon William Cody and Archousai Betty Cody and Archon Willard Payne and Archousai Pam Payne awarded the Dr. Caroline Cody Memorial Scholarship to Lyndsey Clark and Archon Kennedy Mumford renewed a previously awarded scholarship.  Other community organizations, such as Jack and Jill of America and the Continentals Societies, Inc. used this platform to award their college scholarships. The University of North Florida also awarded six, four year scholarships from this pool of students. Over the years, the collaboration between UNF and the Gamma Beta Boulé has awarded over 200 students with over $1.7 million in scholarships.  This year’s collaboration awarded approximately $330,000 in scholarships to thirteen students.

Florida Blue, PGA Tour, Inc. and The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast were the Corporate Donors. Boulé members, Archon’s Carlton Jones, Thomas Cunningham, Reginald Luster, John Montgomery and Darnell Smith sponsored the Reception and Door prizes.

All of the students received certificates and a flash drive arm band as a gift. Seniors marched on stage to receive their gift and a trophy to commemorate their achievements. A video of the seven honorees was shown prior to their coming on stage to be recognized with a plaque, certificate and a scholarship award letter. A video was shown prior to the start of the awards program announcing the role-out of a new joint initiative between Gamma Beta Boulé and UNF to pilot a program that will offer 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to learn more about and better prepare for the college experience.

The evening ended with door prize drawings that included IPAD Mini’s, one per class, Microsoft Surface 3, one per class and Visa gift cards.

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