SIDNEY — Mariah Bowser-Jones and Briana Wells-Barnes received the James P. Humphrey Scholarship, and McKal Basil, Allynah Franklin, Brandi Johnson, Brian Taborn and Chaela Nicole Williams were awarded Black Achievers scholarships during the student awards assembly at Sidney High School on May 19.
The scholarships were named in honor of the late James P. Humphrey, Sidney’s first African-American mayor.
Collegian Kenleigh Immel received an educational grant to help her continue her post graduate education.
The James P. Humphrey Sidney-Shelby County Black Achievers Scholarship Committee was established on Jan. 29, 1987. It is independent and is not affiliated with any other local, state or national organization.
The objectives of the organization are to recognize and encourage African-American students who have demonstrated academic success, to provide incentives for them to continue their education beyond high school and to assist financially needy students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college.
In 2002, the Black Achievers Scholarship Committee was awarded the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of its commitment to make a difference in the lives of those in the Black community.
During the past year, the committee received donations from individuals and businesses. Since 1987, the committee has awarded more than $217,000 in scholarships to 141 Shelby County students.
Companies and individuals who wish to contribute to the Black Achievers Scholarship Fund may send their donations to BASC, P. O. Box 214, Sidney, OH 45365.