HISTORY OF THE FAME SCHOLARSHIP
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
Los Angeles Trade- Technical College
Handy Simmons Scholarship
University of California, Santa Cruz
Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
University of California at Merced
Mark Williams Scholarship
University of Arizona
Cal State University, Long Beach
Closing Remarks Vivian Hines
Benediction Pastor J. E
Henry Nelson Scholarship
Cal State University Dominguez Hills
Cal State University Stanislaus
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