Watch the 2021 Salute to Seniors

Congratulations to the graduates and their families honored by the Lawnside Scholarship Club at its 2021 Salute to Graduating Seniors Saturday, June 5.
You will rise up and fly.
Many thanks to the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council for hosting and recording this virtual event for the second year.
Sydney Davis, 2018 top Club recipient and a member of the Rutgers University Class of 2022, offered a keynote with three main points:
Ask for help.
Go the extra mile
Do what works for you.
View the recording here:

Scholarship Club to Salute Grads June 5

sydneydavisMay 20, 2021 (Lawnside, N.J.) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club will honor local high school students Saturday, June 5 at 6 p.m. during a virtual Salute to Graduating Seniors via Zoom and Facebook Live in collaboration with the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council. This is the second year the program will be presented virtually.

Graduating seniors who live in Lawnside will be recognized for their academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments in a special program highlighting encouraging words from a previous scholarship recipient who has weathered the pandemic. Sydney Davis, the 2018 top scholarship recipient will graduate from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 2022 after spending her entire junior year taking online courses from home. Mistress of ceremonies, language arts teacher Chantel Washington is the Lawnside Public School Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019, the last time a teacher was selected.

The Club has awarded scholarships since 1945 to support local students pursuing higher education and technical training. This year’s theme is “Rise Up Through Education.”

“We are grateful to the Youth Council for providing the technology for the second consecutive year to make the 2021 Salute to Seniors a community event,” said Sharon Whitaker, president of the Club. “We value the organizations and individuals who join us in honoring these graduates and their families.”

More than $15,000 in Club, community and individual awards will be presented. The public is invited to watch via

Club Hosts 2021 Salute to Seniors

LSCSalute2021Here’s to an evening of opportunity after a trying year! Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live!

Class of 2021, YOU DID IT! Join the Lawnside Scholarship Club for a wonderful evening featuring Sydney Davis, a Lawnside native and 2018 top scholarship recipient, and Chantel Washington, a Howard University graduate, multi-talented artist, English teacher and Lawnside Public School Teacher of the Year. Enjoy the celebration with music by Joyful Noise.
Thanks to our co-hosts NAACP Camden County East Youth Council.
It’s going to be great!

Local NAACP Offers Scholarship in Memory of Paul C. Harris Sr.

The Camden County East Branch of the NAACP is offering the Paul C. Harris Sr. Scholarship to area graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

Each scholarship is awarded to students who are:
-Graduating seniors of a Camden County, N.J., high school
-Camden County, N.J, student enrolled in a two-year or four-year college/university undergraduate program
-High school or college student who legally resides in Camden County, N.J.

The award may be renewed for up to three (3) years. Both high school and college students must provide an official scholastic transcript and two letters of recommendation prior to the application deadline.

Find the application here:

Club Honors 2020 Graduates

July 26, 2020  (Lawnside, New Jersey) — Graduating high school seniors were honored Saturday at a virtual Lawnside Scholarship Club program that featured an address by Ray Fisher, stage and screen actor known for his role as the Cyborg in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. RayFisherSpeaks

The event was hosted by the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council on Facebook because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fisher empathized with the graduates telling them that he entered high school in 2001 after the attacks of September 11.

“The fact that you were able to get through this year should give you confidence, it should give you strength, it should give you a sense of courage that you will be able to handle just about anything else that life has to throw at you.”

He told the students to take stock of the pride and the beauty of Lawnside’s heritage as an African American self-governing community. He encouraged them to continue to fight for social justice and to go out and vote.

These are the recipients of the Lawnside Scholarship Club’s top awards for 2020:
Highest Average – Kennedy Banks, Haddon Heights High School, Florida State University
Second Highest Average – Veronica DeAbreu, Haddon Heights High School
Third Highest Average – Freideliz Perez, Haddon Heights High School, Rutgers University, Camden
Fourth Highest Average – Ava Wilson, Paul VI High School, Temple University
All will receive the Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Award because their averages exceed 93.

Community Award Recipients
Dwight and Yvonne Anderson Award – Rayonna Cooper, D’Layne Peterson
Lawnside PTA Awards for Unsung Heroes – Nyla Alston, Anthony Bland, Jr.
Edna Jay Sports Award – Te’Sean Pressley
Melody Moss Walcott Law Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Madge Mitchell Math Award – Ava Wilson
Edna Harper Service Award – Ariyon Bailey
Henry Long Memorial Award – Nyla Alston
Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – Isayah Alston
Sonia Farmer Character Award – Tammy Nguyen
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Award – Tyrone Still
Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Award – Sillahmusu Kanu
I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – Freideliz Perez
Leon N. Williams Law Award – Te’Sean Pressley
Amos & Roxie Rogers Award – Tyrone Still
Bryson C. Armstead Award – Nadir Jefferson
Joy M. Harper Award – Janelle Martin
Rick Williams Health Services Award – Za’Myah Williams
Steven A. Israel Sports Awards – Tammy Nguyen, Unsung Hero;
      Te’Sean Pressley, Outstanding Athlete
Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – Lorenzo Flores
Drs. William & Flora Young Award – Kennedy Banks
Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Lawnside Scholarship Club Fine and Performing Arts Award – Nadir Jefferson
Curtis & Lula Moss Memorial Award – Janelle Martin
William Travis Creative Arts Award – Christopher Gilmore
Thomas A. Whitaker Award for Mechanical Advancement – Rayneal Wilson
Reach for the Stars Award – Anthony Bland, Jr.

Awards given at Haddon Heights High School Commencement, July 16 & 17
Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – Za’Myah Williams
Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – D’Layne Peterson
Linese Miller Leadership Award – Ariyon Bailey
Sharon Whitaker, president of the Lawnside Scholarship Club, closed the program by  thanking our donors and sponsors for their commitment to our students.

Printed program booklets will be available for distribution this week. Request booklets by copying and pasting this email address and sending a message with your name, address and the quantity you would like. Click here to review a  copy.2020cover

Virtual Salute to Seniors at 6 p.m. Today

Calling all Lawnsiders, donors, sponsors and past recipients!! Twenty members of the Class of 2020 will be honored at 6 p.m. TODAY during the Lawnside Scholarship Club’s first ever Virtual Salute to Seniors. Start a watch party and join in this Facebook Live event hosted by the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council. Hear from Ray Fisher, stage and screen star, educators and these accomplished graduates.
Congratulations to the scholars and their families!
Isayah Alston
Nyla Alston
Ariyon Bailey
Anthony Bland, Jr.
Kennedy Banks
Rayonna Cooper
Veronica DeAbreu
Lorenzo Flores
Christopher Gilmore
Nadir Jefferson
Janelle Martin
Tammy Nguyen
Freideliz Perez
D’Layne Peterson
Te’Sean Pressley
Tyrone Still
Ava Wilson
Rayneal Wilson
Za’Myah Williams

Virtual Salute to Seniors, July 25

July 16, 2020 (Lawnside, New Jersey) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club planned to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala banquet and Salute to Graduating High School Seniors in May. Those plans dissolved in the grip of the coronavirus.

With hosting by the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council, the Club members will honor scholarship recipients with a virtual event to be streamed on Facebook Live July 25 at 6 p.m. Twenty seniors will receive scholarships from the Club and community organizations for achieving the highest averages, their career plans, volunteerism and for their athletic talents. More than $15,000 will be awarded. The first scholarship for $50 was presented in 1945.2020VirtualSalutetoseniorsflyer

The major attraction will go on virtually with a special address from Lawnside native Ray Fisher, a stage and screen actor who shot to fame for his portrayal of Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in the Warner Bros. films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Fisher is a graduate of Haddon Heights High School and has appeared as Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of Will Power’s “Fetch Clay, Make Man.” Although best known for his role as Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” Fisher can be seen most recently as Detective Henry Hays in the third season of HBO’s “True Detective” alongside Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali.

“This is a special year with added significance because of all we are going through. It’s more important than ever to show our young people how much we value them,” said Sharon Whitaker, president of the Club. “We especially appreciate the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council and their adviser for helping us host our first virtual event.”

In hopes the pandemic will be over by next spring, the Gala Celebration is planned for May 29 at Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, New Jersey. Tickets will be $75 for adults and $35 for youth, 12 and under.