2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients
Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson meets with some of the new 2018 scholarship recipients.
On Friday, July 20, 2018 Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund handed out 34 scholarships to East St. Louis and Brooklyn residents to help pay for their college education and Jackie Joyner-Kersee gave students some key points on how to succeed in college. “Don’t be late” was one of the points Mrs. Joyner-Kersee said students must achieve to succeed in college.
Students received scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 each year for four years. The requirements are that students remain enrolled full-time in college and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average or higher.
Wilkerson, an East St. Louis native, is the first African-American appointed to the bench in the Southern District of Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s from Illinois State University in 1973, a master’s in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1978 and graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law (cum laude) in 1991.
Since 2013, Judge Wilkerson has handed out scholarships each summer. He reminds students that his courtroom is usually filled with unhappy people. It is with great honor that we award these scholarships through the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund to scholars from my hometown. He said to the graduates, “you have already done great things and what you will accomplish in the future will be even greater. Everyone has a dream, and whatever your dream, you can accomplish it. This courtroom is usually filled with unhappy feelings. Today, there should be no unhappiness. You have done well.
Pamela Coaxum, executive director commented: “The Greater East St. Louis Scholarship Fund has helped finance college education for East St. Louis and Brooklyn students who attend college and universities across the country. This year students have chosen colleges such as Fisk University, LeMoyne-Owen in Memphis, Spelman College in Atlanta, Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois: Edwardsville, University of Illinois: Champaign/Urbana.
Na’Keithia N. Austin Mississippi Valley State University
Gayla Bean Western Illinois University
Zaria Braizer LeMoyne-Owen
Naomi Brewster-McNeil LeMoyne-Owen
Brandy Brown Howard University
Emmanuel T. Brown University of Indianapolis
Jada Cooper Lincoln University
Lake Crowell University of Illinois: Chicago
Asia Dale University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff
Jha’Shaira L. Farmer University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff
Amari Fennoy Spelman College
Star-Retiece Gibson University of Illinois: Champaign/Urbana
Tyrese Granger Indiana State University
Symone Griffin Alabama A&M University
Detric Henderson Washington University: St. Louis
Arionna Hoffman Indiana State University
Montez Holton Fisk University
Debria Jackson Clark Atlanta University
Marcia R. Jones Jackson State University
Dre’Unna Loston Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville
Kayla Loveless Washington University: St. Louis
Kayla Lucas Central State University
Seth Luster Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville
Mark Miles Columbia College: Chicago
Heaven Mister University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff
Jamine Owens Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville
Kamojah D. Parran Western Illinois University
Paris Patterson University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff
Shaneka D. Roberson McMurray College
Rosie Searcy SWIC
Karmine Sennies Fisk University
Amyah B. Thornton University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff
Praither R. Williams Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville
Edgar Williams Harris Stowe State University