Local church awards college scholarships

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Myles Kumrow and Jesslyn Steele received scholarships at the Liggett Street Church of God last Sunday.
Photo by Karen Olayinka

Sunday, June 11, the Liggett Street Church of God awarded two students scholarships during the church’s annual Elizabeth C. Trice Memorial Scholarship Celebration.

The family of former church member and philanthropist, the late Elizabeth C. Trice, awarded a scholarship to church member, Myles Kumrow. Kumrow graduated from Smyrna High School, May 18, 2017, at MTSU Murphy Center. He will be attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is the son of Lewisburg resident DeSherri Braden, and the grandson of, Ivory Alexander.

Dr. Vanessa Alderson, great niece of the late Elizabeth Trice stated that her Aunt’s legacy of helping build the minds of children in her community is being fulfilled. Sister Burnice Bellanfant was the first chairperson of this annual program. Sister Barbara Dobbins is the current chairperson.

Church of God member, Barbara Dobbins, awarded Myles Kumrow, and Jesslyn Steele the Barbara Dobbins Academic Scholarship Award. Jesslyn Steele graduated with a Distinguished Honors Diploma from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School, Nashville, TN. She will be attending Florida A & M University.

Dobbins has been giving scholarships to deserving students in the Maury County area for the past 21 years. “I was a poor girl from Martin, Tennessee,” Dobbins said, “and the benevolence of my principal, and residents of Weakly, I was given funding, and a job to graduate from Tennessee State University.” She encouraged the students to pay it forward. Pastor, Elder Eddie Shirley, preached from Jeremiah 29:11 that Sunday, and encouraged the graduates to focus, study, and graduate.