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Dr. J.D. Weaver Foundation awards 14 scholarships

AHOSKIE – The Doctor Joseph D. Weaver Scholarship Foundation did something a little different for 2019.

The Foundation members decided that instead of giving their traditional $1,000 scholarships to three individuals, they opted to help all 14 applicants by giving each a $500 scholarship.

Shown at the Dr. Joseph D. Weaver Scholarship Foundation celebration held June 23 were, front row from left, Bertha King (board member), Mary Harrell (board member), J’Quina Williams, Torryan Lassiter, Chloe’ Askew, Brianna Howard, Kiera Lawrence, and Shadavia Holloway, all recipients of the Weaver Scholarship, Dr. Claudia Weaver-Richardson (board member), and Lillie Owens-White (board treasurer). Back row, from left, are Dwight Ransome (board president), along with scholarship recipients Emonte’ Mabine, Dashia Fasion, Frank David Ratzlaff, Janesha Bradshaw, Bud Hall (for Jania Leary), David Greenwell, and Steven Hollingsworth. Not pictured are Zaira Hunter (scholarship recipient), and board members J. Wendell Hall, Gary Lewter, Hilma Flood, Earlene Davis, Donald P. Wilson and Howard Hunter, III. Contributed Photo

“The Foundation recognizes that we gave more than twice the money we usually give, but we wanted to help all 14 students this year,” said Foundation Board President Dwight Ransome.

The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 1998, before Dr. Weaver passed away. Now, counting the 14 scholarships awarded Sunday, June 23 at New Ahoskie Baptist Church, the Foundation has given approximately $56,000 to local students in an effort to further their education. They awarded scholarships every two years.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who give so generously so that we can pay it forward. The Foundation is committed to keeping this wonderful legacy of giving alive,” added Ransome, speaking on behalf of the Foundation.