Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Local Students Awarded 1st Annual Dorothy James Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors Drew Michael Thomas (Penncrest) and Mariama Bah (Chester S.T.E.M) will be the recipients of the 1st Annual Dorothy James Scholarship.  This is a unique award that is specifically designed to invoke thought and sensitivity around remedying social injustice, promoting interracial understanding, and respect for cultural diversity.

The Scholarship is named after former Wallingford, PA resident and freedom rights advocate, Dorothy Biddle James, (1900-1985) who, in the tradition of her great grand-father and Underground Railroad supporter Thomas Garrett, continued the fight for justice in Delaware County.  Her efforts led to the integration of the Media Friends School and the formation of the Media Interracial Fellowship, today recognized as the Media Fellowship House

This scholarship will not just pay homage to this unsung heroine but also give students from the County the opportunity to carry forth her legacy of human right advocacy and social justice.  Thomas will attend Wesley College in Dover, DE while Bah will enroll at nearby Lincoln University in PA.

On Thursday June 27, 2013 at 4:00pm sharp, the two recipients will accept their awards, meet members of the Scholarship Review Committee, and participate in a very quick and light reception along with photos at the Media Fellowship House located at 302 S. Jackson Street in Media, PA.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be Delaware County residents, high school seniors, already accepted as a freshman to a college or university and MUST be enrolled in one of the pre-college preparatory programs at the College Access Center of Delaware County.

More information about the scholarship, College Access Center programs, and its services is available online by logging onto www.collegeaccessdelco.org or by calling (610) 499-1391.

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