Strong-Turner alumni chapter hosts annual scholarship reception
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012 16:10
At noon Saturday the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association honored two scholarship recipients.
Marchelle Perkins, a senior art education major of West Memphis, received the Linual Cameron Scholarship and James Hollywood III, a junior criminology major of Caruthersville, Mo., received the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter (S-TAC) Scholarship.
Jay Scurlock, grandson of the founder for the Linual Cameron Scholarship, introduced Marchelle Perkins.
She said, “That almost made me cry,” and delivered a speech expressing her gratitude for the scholarship and her plans for the future. “I enjoyed the reception, and it was a real honor,” Perkins said.
Peggy Wright, the S-TAC two-year term president, acknowledged the S-TAC recipient in his accomplishments. Hollywood delivered a speech based on leadership and his past experiences. “I enjoyed how all the people got together,” Hollywood said.
Sharon Lee, a seasoned member of S-TAC, presented two awards to other participants in the S-TAC, one for Peggy Wright and the other for Angela Austin.
Wright said, “The reception was great. I was surprised and honored that the organization presented it to me. I’m looking forward to future service.”
Angela Austin, the co-chair of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion and S-TAC’s past president said after the ceremony, “I was touched and emotional. I’m honored to be selected as the Outstanding Alumni for this year. I’m just appreciative for everything.”
David McGough was the first president of the organization when it first began in 1982. He said, “Campus has changed tremendously. I’m impressed how the organization has progressed. The recipients are well-deserving. It’s growing and still evolving.”
Both scholarships are provided by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter.
The Linual Cameron Scholarship was established in 1989 and the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter Scholarship was established 20 years later in 2009.
The scholarships apply to African-American students who have at least a 2.75 GPA and deadlines are Feb. 1.
Thirty to 59 hours are required for the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter Scholarship and 60 or more hours for the Linual Cameron Scholarship. The S-TAC Scholarship is worth $1,000 and the amount for the Linual Cameron Scholarship is $2,000.
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