35th Annual Prizes and Awards Night

March 25, 2019

Dozens of family, friends, and community members gathered at the Neal-Jones Auditorium, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, to recognize stellar students and staff members that have made significant achievements at Morris College during the 2018-2019 academic year. Nearly a dozen faculty and staff members received service awards, while dozens of students received awards from best-kept rooms and community awards to academic and presidential scholarships. Congratulations to all recipients. We are so proud of you! Keep up the good work

A. T. Eaddy Memorial award

To the student minister who exerts positive religious influence through his/her religious convictions and sincere dedication to the gospel ministry. Given by daughter, Rev. Eliza Eaddy Black.

Kenton Kelley

The One More Effort Federated Club Award

For the encouragement of a full-time Morris College sophomore or junior Teacher Education major (regardless of field of concentration) who has good moral qualities and a grade point average of not less than 3.0. Donated by the One More Effort  Federated Club of Sumter, South Carolina.

Joseph Green 

The Harris Sabino Richardson Memorial Award

Awarded to a junior of good moral character with a grade point average of 2.5 or above who is supporting himself/herself financially. Donated by Mrs. M. R. Hollingsworth.

Aun'ye Wilson

Willis C. Johnson Memorial Award

Awarded to a student in need of assistance who has completed the sophomore year with a grade point average of 3.2 or better. This student must also have exhibited qualities of good citizenship during freshman and sophomore years. Donated by Mrs. Minnie W. Johnson in memory of Mr. Willis C. Johnson.

Aun'ye Wilson 

H. H. Butler Commemorative Award

To the student who exhibits a strong personality, deep earnest convictions, and Christian character. Donated by the Woman’s Baptist State Convention.

Estiny Vogt 

Garrick-Pinson Commemorative Award

To the best all-around student in the Senior Class. Donated by the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Wateree Association.

Kaira Grant 

O. R. Reuben Prize

Given to the male student who best exemplifies interest and participation in current issues and in projects of human welfare and uplift. Contributed through the O. R. Reuben Memorial Fund.

Brandon Burnside 

T. B. Wright Memorial Award

To the senior who has taken the most active part in religious activities on the campus. Donated by Mrs. Margaret W. Davis.

William Webb 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award

Awarded to the student with a 2.5 grade point average and above who participated in both community and student activities that foster and reflect the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anukkah Chandler 

W. H. Hightower Memorial Award

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior female student who contributed outstanding leadership through her work with the Baptist Student Union.

Desirae Gause 

Mrs. E. D. Dixon Memorial Award

Awarded to an outstanding male and female member of the Gospel Choir.

Karlia Joe

Adrien McClintock 

Walter Brown Award

Awarded to the junior or senior majoring in Political Science with the highest grade point average.

Teondra Brigham 

Lena M. Baldwin Memorial Award

Presented to the junior or senior majoring in Health Science with the highest grade point average.

Ja'Kenia Smalls 

Ronald McNair Award

Presented to a junior or senior Biology major with the highest grade point average.

Brooklynn West 

Luns C. Richardson Praxis II Examination Award

To the student making the highest Praxis II Examination scores during the senior year. Donated by Dr. Luns C. Richardson, President.

Michael Brown 

Boley-Diggs-Sanders Award

Awarded to a female student who exemplifies scholarship and Christian principles. Donated by the Woman ’s Auxiliary, Wateree Baptist Association Lower Division in honor of Margaret S. Boley, Mary H. Diggs and Beatrice G. Sanders.

Sandra Knight 

Xi Epsilon Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Award

To the Morris College student who through his/her participation and leadership contributes the greatest toward promoting the intellectual atmosphere of the College. The student must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior with a cumulative  grade point average of 2.5 or above. Donated by the college chapter.

Donte' Richardson 

The I. DeQuincy Newman Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Political Science who demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Marcus Robinson 

Dr. and Mrs. S. B. Marshall Award

Awarded to a deserving student who exemplifies high scholarship, has a good citizenship record, and shows commitment to the growth and development of Morris College. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. S. B. Marshall.

Laquanya Chambers-Brown 

Willie Alma Dawson Moody Memorial Award

Awarded to a sophomore or junior with at least a 2.5 grade point average or better in Education (Early Childhood Education) and who displays good character  and teaching promise, leadership qualities and is in need of financial assistance to achieve educational goals.

Sharaya Shields 

Ethel German Scott Memorial Award

Awarded to the student musician of the Morris College Gospel Choir for the current academic year. Donated by Mrs. Sandra Scott Gibson.

Ashley Knowlin 

The Noble Leon Elbridge Scott Memorial Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Business Administration with at least a 2.8 grade point average. The student should be interested in becoming an Entrepreneur. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Sandra Scott Gibson.

Alan Caldwell 

The Junius E. Dowell Award

Awarded to a member of Pi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and a member of Iota Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Dinasia Nathan 

The Shellie Dunbar Prize

To the young lady who makes the most improvement in scholarship, is the most cooperative, and excels in usefulness. Donated by the Woman’s Baptist State Convention.

Aleksis Roberts 

The Georgette L. Felder-Spain Award

(charter member of Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – Morris College). To be given to a member of Xi Rho Chapter majoring in Education with the highest GPA. Given by children, Christopher & Alexyus Spain; parents, Lucius & Gloria R. Felder; sister, Altoya Felder-Deas (Jimmie), and Nephews’, Jimal and Antoine.

Nijah Bradley 

The Eva McLendon-Johnson Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice, maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or above and possessed of strong moral character and a sincere interest in the criminal justice system. Donated by Dr. Renee DuJean.

Dinasia Nathan

The Mordecai Johnson Award

Presented to a deserving rising junior Political Science major with a Pre-Law Minor who has a 2.7 or above grade point average.

Shayneka Leverett

The Bertha Belle Williams Award

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need.

Anukkah Chandler 

The Rev. J. R. Blanding Award

Awarded to a deserving student from Lee or Clarendon County.

Tanisha Williams 

The Matthew O. Ramsey Endowed Award

Awarded to a deserving student majoring in Education with plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level. Established by Matthette Ramsey Williams, in honor of her father, a Morris College graduate and instructor.

Bryanna Fleming 

The Rev. Edward H. Thomas Endowed Memorial Award

Awarded to a student very much involved in voter registration and grass-roots politics, who is in good standing with the College. The student must have at least a 2.5. grade point average. Established by the family in recognition of his life of service to God and humanity.

Samuel Summers 

The Dr. J. S. Maddox Award

Awarded to a needy and deserving student, majoring in Christian Education or Pastoral Ministry, showing great promise for Christian leadership. Established in honor of Dr. J .S. Maddox by Mrs. Bessie Maddox, family and friends.

Desimond Antley 

The Robert Leroy McLeod Sr. Endowed Award

Awarded to a student with a 3.5 grade point average or above who intends to pursue a career in education or in medicine. The student must exemplify an outstanding level of commitment and willingness to help others and demonstrate it by involvement in community service. Donated by his wife. Wilhelmina Pinckney McLeod and children.

Whitney Wright 

The Covel C. and Mary E. Moore Award

Awarded to a full-time student with financial need.

Zikiah Dantzler 

The Lester T. Corley Memorial Award

Presented in memory of Lester T. Corley, former Advisor of Xi Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to an upperclass student who exemplifies strong leadership skills, outstanding service to the college and community and sound intellectual ability. The student must have a 2.5 grade point average or above. This scholarship is earmarked for books and supplies. Donated by Mrs. Myrna Juanita Corley and son Todd.

Jalil Barrows 

The Dorothy Duckette Robertson Award

Presented to a deserving student majoring in Elementary Education with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

Talyric Toney

The Mary A. Vereen-Gordon Memorial Award

Awarded to assist students, based on financial need, in their pursuit of academic studies at Morris College. Established by the colleagues, friends, admirers, and family of Dr. Mary A. Vereen-Gordon, former Academic Dean and an outstanding faculty member.

Raveen Childs 

Best Kep Room Award

Rich, Cureton, Johnson Hall

Kenley Vereen

Kamron Frasier 

Reuben, Coker, Lewsin, Simons Hall

Nasania Nelson

Dobbins, Keith, Whitner Hall

Donovan Adams

Bowman-Clark Hall

Shakima Whitner

Alexander-Graham Hall

Anthony White

Adams, Daniels, McLester, Sanders Hall

A'Niyah Anderson

Nautica Turner 

Service Awards 

Twenty Years

Dr. Juana Davis-Freeman

Ms. Cheryl Mack
Ms.
Donise White

Twenty-Five Years

Dr. Paul Ezeji

Thirty Years

Ms. Eva Hickmon

Rev. Oliver T. Hill

Dr. John Rooks

Thirty-Five Years

Mrs. Gloria Dozier

Ms. Johnell Rogers

Forty Years

Mrs. Sandra Gibson

Mr. Clarence Houck 

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to four students (rising sophomores, juniors or seniors) with a grade point average of 2.5 or above, majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education. Donated by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

Gwendolyn Credle

William Webb

Desimond Antley

The Victoria Wine Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving rising junior Education major who maintains a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Donated from the Victoria Wine Estate Funds.

Donyai Gist

The James B. and Carrie Dennis Haile Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the field of Teacher Education.

Megan Graham 

The Vashti Jackson Smith Scholarship

Awarded to two needy first-time freshmen (1 male and 1 female) with outstanding high school academic achievement and good citizenship. Donated by the Vashti Jackson Smith Estate.

Amber Holliday

Adrien McClintock

The Wachovia Endowed Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or senior majoring in Business Administration. Donated by the Wachovia Foundation.

Larry Prileau 

Morris College Trustee Scholarship

Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates financial need, who is an outstanding student, and who has excelled in his or her major area of study. Financial need is strongly emphasized. A senior whose overall financial aid package leaves him or her with a balance and who needs financial assistance to help cover the shortfall will be considered. The student must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding leadership and citizenship. If no one meets the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior. Sponsored by the Morris College Board of Trustees.

Jalil Barrows 

The Reverend Arthur Walter Williams Scholarship

Awarded to the three rising sophomores with the highest grade point averages.

Amber Holliday

Sylvia McFadden

Alika Oakman

The Lottie and Wheler Matthews Scholarship

Presented to a conscientious student majoring in Education with a grade point average of 2.5 or above and in need of financial aid. Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Lottie and Wheler Matthews.

Tatyana Garner

The Sarah M. Williams Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student who maintains high scholarship and provides student leadership through his or her participation in co-curricular activities. Donated in memory of Mrs. Sarah M. Williams.

Aun'ye Wilson

The Reverend W. A. Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Annie M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Presented to an outstanding student in Religion. Donated by Mrs. W. J. Moore.

Gwendolyn Credle 

The Geneva and Everett J. Thompson Scholarship

Awarded to a rising sophomore student with the highest average in Elementary Education. Donated by the Thompson Family.

Talyric Toney

The Thomas Moss Americanism Scholarship

Established by the former U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Advisor to John P. Gaty Charitable Trust. Awarded annually to needy and worthy students based on a paper on Americanism, the specific topic of which is announced prior to January.

K'Lantra McCrea 

The David McLaughlin Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Dr. David McLaughlin to a deserving student of good moral character majoring in one of the sciences and maintaining a grade point average of “B” or above. Donated by Mrs. Iris McLaughlin.

Eugene Boykin

The Morris College National Alumni Scholarship

Awarded to three advanced students in Teacher Education and two students in any other major who meet the following criteria: Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, evidence of good character and teaching promise, leadership qualities, and a need for financial assistance to achieve educational goals. Sponsored by the Morris College National Alumni Association.

Courtney Budden

Bryanna Fleming

Ashley Knowlin

Sharaya Shields 

The Bernice Wells Stukes-Mose Scholarship

Presented in memory of James W. Stukes to the student who has high scholarship and is outstanding in leadership skills and in service to the college and local community. Donated by Dr. Bernice Mose.

Shayneka Leverett 

The W. E. Price and Ada Lee Price Memorial Scholarship

The fund awards annually a scholarship to a deserving female and a deserving male student. In selecting the deserving recipients, emphasis shall be placed on character as well as scholastic ability. Financial need may also be considered.

Nyshelle Crank

Kenton Kelly

The Sumter Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to the member of Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the highest grade point average. Funds are to be used for the purchase of instructional materials.

Estiny Vogt 

The William M. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Established by Dr. C. C. Goodwin, Jr. of Sumter, this award is presented to a deserving student who exemplifies strong academic potential, leadership skills, and a good citizenship record.

Alan Johnson 

The Booker Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a student who possesses high Christian ideals and demonstrates a keen interest in Physics or Chemistry. Endowed by the Estate of Mrs. R. C. Booker.

Estiny Vogt

The Pinkie Reid Scholarship

Awarded to a junior of good moral character majoring in Mass Communications, maintaining 2.5 or above grade point average and possessed of a sincere interest and demonstrated talent in broadcast media. Donated by Ebenezer Baptist Church of Chicago.

Catera Manning 

The Arthuree McCoy Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a junior of good moral character majoring in Mass Communications or English who writes the most outstanding article published in The Heritage or other publications. Donated by Dr. Raleigh McCoy.

Catera Manning 

The Eta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to a member of Nu Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who exemplifies high scholastic ability, leadership, strong moral character and has earned the highest grade point average in the chapter. Donated by the Eta Zeta Omega Chapter, Sumter, S.C.

Aun'ye Wilson 

The Pi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Presented to the young lady in the freshman class who demonstrates high scholastic achievement and displays the qualities for finer womanhood, as determined by the chapter  members. She must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above.

Kelsey Cole 

The Dr. W. H. Neal Scholarship

Presented to the junior student with the highest average in Mathematics for three consecutive years. Donated by Mrs. Audrey P. Neal.

Ciara Hutchinson 

The Frank K. Sims Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Sociology who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and strong moral character.

Chanel Hough

The John and Beatrice Chapman Thomas Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Mathematics or Science.

Karlia Joe

The J. S. Utsey Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or senior Business Administration student with a grade point average or 2.7 or above.

Javairia Sanders 

The Mamie N. Coker Scholarship

Awarded to the junior with the highest average in Early Childhood Education. Established by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.

Ashley Knowlin

The Janie S. Hightower Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a student majoring in Education who maintains a 2.5 grade point average or above and is in need of financial assistance. Donated by Mr. Willar H. Hightower, Jr.

Zyiara Davis 

The Rosa S. Riley Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior Education major with a 3.0 grade point average or above who plans to teach in South Carolina. Donated by Mr. Charles E. Riley and Mrs Jacqueline M. Williams.

Tedra Benjamin

Dr. L. W. Long Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a rising nontraditional junior or senior with the highest grade point average.

William Webb 

The Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Scholarship

Presented to the rising senior majoring in Business Administration with the highest grade point average. Donated by Creech Roddey Watson Insurance.

Larry Prioleau 

The Dr. Adelle W. Stewart Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need.

Aaryonna Moses 

The Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to the female freshman student with the highest grade point average.

Amber Holiday 

The Dill and Azalee Bates Gamble Scholarship

Awarded to a student  majoring in Elementary Education with a B or better average.

Joseph Green 

The Mamie James Hannah and Candace James Richardson Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need. Donated by Mr. Jerry Hannah.

Karlia Joe 

The Robert Gregory White Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually to assist, encourage, and support a deserving male. Student must be a freshman with a grade point average no less than 2.0 and no higher than 2.5 who exhibits a commitment toward getting an education and reaching his potential. Established by Mr. Robert and Mrs. Priscilla White to reflect the memory of Robert Gregory White, their son, affectionately known as Ohio.

Marcus Hamilton 

The Jessie W. Taylor Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in English or Mass Communications or who writes inspirational literature.

Courtney Budden 

The B. J. Whipper, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to an incoming freshman for college related expenses. The student must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and exemplify Christian character and possess a proven record of leadership and service. Priority will be given to students who will major in Christian Education or Pastoral Ministry. Established by Dr. Lucille S. Whipper.

Sylvia McFadden 

The Rev. J. C. Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore student who has a 3.00 grade point average majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education. Preference given to a student who is a member of a church in the Lovely Hill Baptist Association. Established by his wife, Ruth B. Harrison, and Family.

Gerald Richardson 

The Emmett and Crenelle Conyers Scholarship

Awarded each year to a graduating senior with a 3.5 average or above, with a notable record of service to the college and a commitment to improving human relations and the quality of life for fellow human beings. Established by Dr. James E. Conyers and other children of Emmett and Crenelle.

Michael Brown 

The Leler Scarbough George Scholarship Award

Awarded to a rising senior in pursuit of a degree in Teacher Education with a grade point average of 3.00 or above. Established by the Leler Scarbough George Family.

Tedra Benjamin 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Luns C. Richardson Endowed Scholarship

Awarded preferably to a graduating senior based on financial need. Financial need is strongly emphasized, and a senior whose overall financial aid package leaves him or her with a balance and who needs financial assistance to help cover the shortfall will be considered. The student must have a 3.0 grade average; demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, leadership in extracurricular activities, and community involvement; and show great promise for leadership after graduation. If no senior meets the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior. Established by the national office of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in honor of Dr. Richardson’s commitment and service to higher education.

Laquanya Chambers-Brown