ST. PETERSBURG — Six students from four different high schools were presented with scholarships at the Gibbs Class of 1968, Inc. Annual Scholarship Program Tuesday, May 14 at the Enoch Davis Center.
The scholarships provide financial support for students who may not have an opportunity to receive assistance from other resources. The program is funded by the proceeds from the class’ annual Christmas Holiday Extravaganza held at the historic Coliseum.
To qualify for a scholarship, students had to meet the scholarship criteria and complete an application. This year, Katherine Smith, Grace Miller and Kyshore’ Albert, each from Gibbs High received $1000.
The $500 recipients included Clayton Brody (Admiral Farragut Academy), Niyrah Lancaster (Dixie Hollins) and Dynasia Woods (St. Petersburg Catholic High School).
Recipients have already enrolled in their institutions of higher learning around the country such as Warner College, St. Leo College, Prairie View A&M University, Bethune Cookman University and locally at St. Petersburg College.
Gregory Porter, a previous scholarship recipient from 10 years ago, spoke to the graduates from his personal experiences after receiving his scholarship. He encouraged the students to believe in themselves and not to be afraid of new experiences. He explained that with faith, all things are possible.
Porter also provided the entertainment for the evening with a stunning and powerful rendition of “I Trust In God” and his version of “Stardust,” written by Hoagy Carmichael.
The program is always well attended by family, friends and Class of 1968 members.