What a blessing it was for me and members of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Delta Pi Chapter to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Shanele Jasmine Brown Memorial Scholarship, established in 1996. This nonprofit organization has contributed more than $70,000 in scholarships during this 20-year period! Congratulations!
The scholarship was inspired by the Rev. Dr. John L. McCoy, pastor of The Word of God Baptist Church, in an effort to establish a legacy in memory of the daughter of Samuel Brown Jr. and Barbara Speller-Brown.
Special thanks to Soror Debora Lyles Clemmons, a member of my chapter and member of The Word of God Baptist Church, for extending the invitation to our chapter. The church is located at 6513 Queens Chapel Road, University Park, Maryland. What a worthwhile, charitable program, established for the purpose of inspiring and empowering all learners, and assisting them with financial support and access to educational opportunities.
To Dr. Barbara Speller-Brown, founder of the Shanele Jasmine Brown Memorial Scholarship, congratulations to you and your board of directors, committee and to your scholarship committee. Job well done!
Inspiring comments were given by the mother of Lawrence Pugh Jr., the first scholarship recipient awarded in 1997, and songs sung by many of the participants such as Shaun Brown, 2005 recipient; Samuel Brown III, 2001 recipient; and a selection by Cassell Helton from Riverdale Presbyterian Church.
Some of the musical selections were by Maurice Cobb, who composed and played a special tribute to Shanele Jasmine Brown, titled “Simply Shanele!” Samara Brown, the 2016 scholarship recipient, sang beautifully, accompanied by Kaymon Gerald.
Last year, our chapter’s Geraldan Riley Scholarship of $1,000 was given in support of of Brown, who now maintains a 4.0 GPA. This year, our scholarship went to a recipient nominated by a chapter member, but we were proud to donate $500 to the Shanele Jasmine Brown Memorial Scholarship.
Special thanks to Shauib and Mary Mitchell, Ivy Hawkins and NZinga Cardwell; Portraits of Faith Ministry, Dr. Barbara Speller-Brown and Samara Brown; and to Tara and Eric Hayman for your support of our chapter activities. The closing to the program was done beautifully by Nzinga Cardwell, the 2008 scholarship recipient. Her topic was “It does take a village!”
To God be the Glory for the things He has done!
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