Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The SCAP Scholarship Award!

SCAP has had the privilege of developing relationships with many high schools through out it's years. One of those schools is Cross Keys High School. This year Cross Keys approached SCAP with the opportunity to honor a student that we felt really represented the values of SCAP. We were invited to the Cross Keys Seniors Honors night. Excited at the opportunity, SCAP members put together two scholarship awards and the requirements for both awards.
One award was the SCAP Social Justice Scholarship, that was to be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice in the community. Our second scholarship we titled the SCAP Art of Activism Scholarship. This scholarship was to go to a student that used art to articulate the systems of violence and oppression that control our bodies, minds, and communities. With the help of Cross Keys Staff we were able to recognize two very worthy students each with a scholarship of $200! Javier Garcia won the Social Justice Scholarship and has been greatly involved with Migrant Youth Voice, a project of American Friends Service Committee and SCAP. Javier has inspired many people with his personal story and has encouraged his peers to also share their stories and raise their voices. The winner of our SCAP Art of Activism Scholarship was Kayla Thomas. Kayla wrote a beautiful poem expressing how a young girl dealt with violence and oppression in her community and how courageous she was to give minorities the stage.
As SCAP members sat through the formal Awards Ceremony for Cross Keys, we learned just how dedicated the two winners of our Scholarship were. As they continued to be recognized for their high school accomplishments we felt secure that our SCAP scholarship would be helpful for them to further accomplish their goals! Parents wore prideful tears, and the students expressed amazing gratitude towards SCAP. These honorary new SCAP members let us know that we'll definitely be seeing more of them in the future!
It was a major thing for SCAP to be able to help the students who have worked so hard to help our efforts and their communities. SCAP is looking forward to continuing the legacy of the SCAP scholarship awards! However, funding is not always there. So we will be hosting benefits for our SCAP Scholarship award. One in the near future is a benefit dinner on May 29th at 6:30pm. You can find the details HERE.
We hope you'll join us!

Josie Figueroa
American Friends Service Committee

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