Courtesy of Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition
Courtesy of Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition

The generous support of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition has enabled 23 students to get a tighter grip on their plans toward higher education.

The students — all of whom live in the county — were awarded scholarships totaling $18,000 on Thursday, during the eighth annual Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Breakfast, held at the Harborside Hotel in Oxon Hill.

“Although we were extremely proud of the students’ academic accomplishments, we were very impressed with the students’ vast involvement in their communities,” said coalition President Valencia Campbell. “That included serving seniors and the homeless, mentoring younger students, working on Mission trips abroad, working in their church and participating in many school related extracurricular activities.”

Courtesy of Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition

The nonprofit coalition promotes policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse. To be considered for a scholarship, students had to provide an official transcript, write a one-page essay, and provide other documentation listed on their applications.

Over the past eight years, PGCDPD has provided more than $150,000.00 in scholarships.

Among the slate of county officials and community who attended the event were Ronald Blakely, former deputy for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Maryland State Sen. Obie Patterson; Ebony McMorris, Radio One’s national news correspondent for Reach Media, who served as mistress of ceremonies; and Judge Arthur Burnett, national executive director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition.

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