Judge Donald G. Wilkerson Announces
2016-2017 Scholarship Awardees

On Friday, July 22, the Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson of the United States Court of the Southern District of Illinois and the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund awarded 22 scholarships to East St. Louis residents to help provide financial support for their college education.

Students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 for up to four years.  The requirements are that students remain enrolled full-time in an accrediated college and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 each year.

Judge Wilkerson, is a former East St. Louis residents, and the first African American appointed to the bench in the Southern District of Illinois.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1973, a Master’s in Education from SIU: Edwardsville in 1978 AND a Law Degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, in 1993.

During the scholarship award presentation Judge Wilkerson said “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 Scholarship Program has helped finance college for many East St. Louis and Brooklyn residents” for students who have attended colleges all over the country...  Schools such as Historically Black Colleges such as Talladega, Howard, Spelman, and Lincoln University. “   Ms. Coaxum said scholarship winners have also attended area schools such as Harris Stowe, the University of Illinois: Carbondale, SIUE: Edwardsville, Southern Illinois: Carbondale and Northern Illinois in DeKalb as well we the University of Missouri and Duke University.Scholarships recipients will be attending:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Western Illinois University

Howard University

Spelman College

Harris Stowe State University

Lincoln University

Tennessee State University

Indiana State University

Spelman College

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alabama A&M

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

SIU Carbondale

Jackson State University

Alabama A&M

University of Missouri Columbia

Columbia College

University of Arkansas: Pine Bluff

McKendree University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Eastern Illinois University