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Crown Jewels Links chapter honors community achievements
$37,000 in scholarships highlight awards
Published Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:18 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

The Crown Jewels Chapter of the Links awarded $37,000 in college scholarships.

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The Crown Jewels Chapter of The Links recognized academic achievement at their fourth annual Crowning Achievement Awards  on April 28.

The Links recognized five community partners as Crowning Achievers and awarded six college scholarships valued at $37,000 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

“We are pleased to put the spotlight on the outstanding partners who support the delivery of our community programs and initiatives,”  Chapter President Sharon Matthews said. “Further, we are proud to award scholarships to deserving high school seniors.”

The Crown Jewels Links are longtime collaborators with community partners to create transformational programming to improve the quality of life for our youth, women, families and communities of color in the Charlotte region.  “Publicly honoring our Crowning Achievers is the culmination of a year’s collaboration with their organizations and the scholarships awarded are the result of fundraising efforts from our annual Mardi Gras Gala”, said Crown Jewels Crowning Achievements Committee Chair, Cassandra Gomez-Caver.    

The community leaders acknowledged for exemplary service were:  

• Eric Thompson, orchestra director at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Arts);

• Susan G. Komen Charlotte (Health and human services);

• Emmanuel “Manny” Osborne, executive director at Samaritan’s Feet (International trends &and services);

• GenerationNation (National trends and services); and

• Terra Kennedy, principal Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Service to youth).   

“There were over 40 strong applicants and the Scholarship Committee had a very difficult task in narrowing the pool to only six scholarship recipients,” said Judge Karen Eady-Williams, chair of the Crown Jewels Links Scholarship Committee.

Two students received Book Awards of $1,000 each:  Hanan Ali (Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences) and Jenea Holbert (East Mecklenburg High School).   
• Crystell Phoenix of Mallard Creek High received the Links Scholar Award in the amount of $3,000.   

• Shazaria Hooper of West Charlotte High and Olivia Rice of Vance High earned Royalty Scholarship Awards of $6,000 presented in honor of 2019 Mardi Gras king and queen Wil Brooks and Linda Lockman-Brooks.    

• The Crown Jewels Scholar Award of $20,000 was presented to Maurice Cowley III of Harding University High.  


Fabulous article to shine a light on so many of our commmunity's BRIGHT STARS!! Thank You!!
Posted on May 17, 2019

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