On Thursday, June 8th, 21 students received scholarships from the Weequahic High School Alumni Association at their annual Scholarship Celebration Banquet at the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Irvington. The event was attended by the scholarship students, their family members, WHS faculty, WHSAA Board of Trustees and special guests.

Speakers were Principal Lisa McDonald; Alumni Co-President Karim Arnold, class of 1984; Newark Municipal Council President, Mildred Crump; Alumni Association Co-founder, Hal Braff, class of 1952; Executive Director, Myra Lawson, class of 1970; and Founding Executive Director, Phil Yourish, class of 1964. The keynote speaker was Corey Rogers, a class of 2009 scholarship recipient, who has a BA degree from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania and an MA degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange. He is studying to become an attorney.

Scholarship awarded totaled $24,000 – three for $2,000 and eighteen for $1,000. They came from the following scholarship funds named after graduating classes or in honor or memory of WHS faculty and/or students.

They are: Class of 1962 Fund; Class of 1963 Fund; Class of 1964 Fund; Class of 1965 Fund; Class of 1971/Charles Sarver Fund; Lenore & David Beckerman Fund; Marvin Gibson Fund; Ronald Griffin Fund; Reada & Harry Jellinek Fund; Dianne & Herbert Lerner Fund; Hannah Litzky Fund; Seymour “Swede” Masin Fund; Edwin McLucas Fund; Sadie Rous Fund; Linda & Nancy Small Fund; and the Ronald G. Stone Fund.

The following students received scholarships:

Prince Henry Abruquah; Jahid Alexander; Hassan Bouchet; Isaiah Brown; Eloise Djilan-Yekple; Samuel Dwumfour; Delainyiah Florence; Zahniyah Heath; Otavia Howard; Fabiene Jean-Baptiste; Chelsea Julner; Ayele Kessouagni; Davionah Laberth; Olivia Moore; Ghanee Muhammad; Albertine Pierre; Tymen Sampson, Jr.; Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Philip Etemma Ukoh; Heaven Williams; and XiAsia Wright.

Since 1998, the Alumni Association has awarded nearly 500 scholarships for more than one-half million dollars.