First AME Church Los Angeles Scholarship Luncheon

Presented by the 

Commission on Education and Scholarship

Celebrating Educational Excellence: Never Give Up on Your Dream


The FAME Scholarship Award Luncheon was conceived under the visionary leadership of Pastor J.E. Boyd in 2013.  It is one of five components of the Commission on Education and Scholarship.  The goal is to provide annual scholarships to members of First AME Church Los Angeles enrolled in accredited institutions of higher learning.

Sarah Allen Women’s Missionary Society 
Handy Simmons Scholarship

The Handy-Simmons Scholarship was established to honor the memory and dedicated service of Mary F. Handy and Sandy G. Simmons.  Mary Handy organized the Women’s Parent Mite Missionary Society in 1907.  Under her leadership the Women’s Christian Recorder was published in 1912.  Sandy G. Simmons, the first president of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missions served from 1915-1927. Under her administration the Young People’s Division was adopted in 1916.  The two organizations eventually merged to become the Women’s Missionary Society in 1944.   

These two tireless women had great concern for educational assistance to young people.    It is our hope that our youth will commit their skills, talents, and service to the African Methodist Episcopal Church and our country.  

Usher Board #3 – Henry E. Nelson Scholarship

The Henry Nelson Scholarship was established in memory of Henry E. Nelson to encourage our youth to strive for educational excellence.  Henry Nelson joined First AME Church in 1987.  He was a loyal, hard working and proud member of Trustee Board #1, the Finance Committee, and Usher Board III, where he served as President for over ten years. 

Due to his dedication, accomplishments through hard work and diligence, he was a mentor, role model and inspiration to not only youth but to all adults.  We honor him by establishing this scholarship.

Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship

Mark Williams, the son of Hal Williams, was a sophomore at California State University Los Angeles.   He died tragically in a camping accident at Big Bear Lake in 1977.   

This scholarship is named in his memory.  The recipients of this award must be a minority college sophomore or more studying TV communication.  There are two scholarships available to be given annually; however, this year three students will receive the Mark Williams Scholarship.

Men of FAME Choir Leon Singleton Memorial Scholarship

The idea of creating a scholarship fund to help students with a financial need originated with Walter Garrett, President of the Men of FAME Choir Executive Board in 1998.  The choir adopted the creation of a scholarship fund as the best way to give back to the church and the community. Treasurer Stephen Terry executed the plan and was successful in establishing the Men of FAME Scholarship Fund with the assistance of the church’s leadership.  In the initial years, the Choir focused on raising money for the fund through individual contributions.

The name of the scholarship as amended to the Men of FAME Choir-Leon Singleton Memorial Scholarship in 2007 to honor a long time member of the choir.  Leon Singleton was a professor of Accounting and Management at Santa Monica College for 28 years.  He faithfully served as a member of the choir for many years until his passing in 2007.  He bequeathed $10k to the Men of FAME Choir Scholarship Fund, which has been awarded to a host of deserving students.


Men of FAME Choir Scholarship

Jason Conner
Baylor University

Eric Hillard
Los Angeles Trade- Technical College

Kia Smith
Pepperdine University

Handy Simmons Scholarship

Deion Goodrich
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ginneh Smith        
Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science

Anwar Stentson
University of California at Merced

Mark Williams Scholarship  

Lyndie Parker
University of Arizona

Nia Parker
Hampton University 

Brenton Owens
Cal State University, Long Beach

Closing Remarks Vivian Hines

Benediction Pastor J. E

Henry Nelson Scholarship

John Mbugua
Cal State University Dominguez Hills  

Katherine Eason
Cal State University Stanislaus

Donae Mogue
Cochise College

Taleeyah Vanish
Hampton University

Honor Roll Of 2012-2013 Donors
Carrie Allen Robert King Melville & Rosalind Perry
Jean Batey-Jones John Lyles Neighborhood Professional Pharmacy
Ruby Bell John Mbugua Vicki Philips
Ernestine Blackwell Gerard & Glenda
Mc Kay Ronald Smith

Gladys Davis Montel McClellan Marjorie Tandy

Family Day Jettie Midgette Golf Tournament

Charlene Havis Erol Mowatt Kathleen Travis
Vivian Hines Erica Murray Lucille White
Akili Jackson Launa Nash Hale Williams
Lloyd & Antoinette
Nelson Dorelene Younger

Commission on Education and Scholarship
Rev. Barbara Brooks Dr. Ralph Dawson Robert Knight Melville Perry Stephen Terry
Alma Davis Murlene Johnson Dorothy Mallery Rosalind Simpson Cerina Tolbert

Vivian Hines,  Chairperson





                                                 Photo Credit: Isaiah Everett August 24, 2013