The Lawnside Scholarship Club’s 75th Anniversary Gala has been postponed from May 30 until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Club will announce a new date and plans for its Annual Salute to Graduating Seniors to honor the Class of 2020 some time this year. As in years past, graduates will be presented with Club scholarships and community awards worth more than $15,000 based on their grade point averages, career goals and accomplishments. Look for further announcements on this site and the Club’s Facebook page.
Graduating seniors are urged to complete this information form and submit a suitable photograph by May 15. It was emailed previously with a family advertisement form.
Actor and Lawnside Native Ray Fisher to Give Keynote
March 9, 2020 (Lawnside, N.J.) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a Gala and Salute to Graduating High School Seniors on Saturday, May 30 from 5 – 9 p.m.
The evening will feature 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.
Tickets to the event at Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, New Jersey, are $75 for adults and $35 for youth, 12 and under. Philanthropist and Emmy Award-winning journalist Elleanor Jean Hendley will be the mistress of ceremonies. The Philadelphia quartet Joyful Noise will play jazz, gospel and R&B music.
The Club has been awarding scholarships since 1945 to Lawnside students pursuing higher education and technical training. The first award of $50 went to a single student. Last year, the Club presented more than $15,000 from community groups and individuals to nearly 20 students with the highest averages, career interests, academic and athletic talents. This year’s theme is “Excellence Through Education.”
“This is a special year where we not only honor our graduates but past recipients who’ve distinguished themselves over 75 years,” said Sharon Whitaker, president of the Club. “We especially appreciate our Club’s founders and former members who held true to the mission of providing intellectual encouragement.”
Fisher is himself a graduate of Haddon Heights High School, and has appeared onstage 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 Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali.
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Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Salute to Graduating Seniors hosted by the Lawnside Scholarship Club, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Tavistock Country Club, 100 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Fifth-grade teacher Alyssa Miller will be the mistress of ceremonies. Joyful Noise, a four-piece ensemble versed in jazz, gospel, R&B and soul, will provide entertainment.
The theme of the event is “Excellence Through Education.”
The Club has awarded more than $14,000 each year to Lawnside residents who graduate from high school and pursue higher education or technical training. Contributions are welcome and tax-exempt to the extent permitted by law.
The Lawnside Scholarship Club cordially invites parents and guardians of members of the 2019 and 2020 high school graduating classes to a reception to learn about the Club’s activities, scholarships and benefits.
The reception will be held Sunday, January 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lawnside’s Wayne R. Bryant Community Center, 323A East Charleston Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.
Each spring, the Club hosts a Salute to Graduating Seniors and Jazz Brunch where college scholarships and awards are announced. Come learn how your student can gain the most from the experience.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24. Students are welcome to attend.
Four students who earned the highest averages lead the class of 2018 who were honored by the Lawnside Scholarship Club at its June 2 Jazz Brunch and Salute to Graduating Seniors.
The highest ranking student, all graduates of Haddon Heights High School, are:
Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Award – for any student with a GPA of 93 or better, $1,000 – Sydney Davis
Lawnside Scholarship Club Creative & Performing Arts Award – student pursuing higher education and outstanding, well rounded, in the field of Music, $100 – Naim Sabir
Linese Miller Award – student showing outstanding leadership & initiative, $250 * – Sydney Davis
Reach for the Stars – Damier Corbin, Kenny Wright, Deontray Parham
COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – student needing financial assistance for college, $500 – C’ani Lewis
Lawnside Parent Teacher Organization – two unsung heroes, one female and one male at $50 each. Male – Muhammed Qadar; Female – C’ani Lewis
Dr. Theodore Johnson Award – excellence in attendance over four years, $300 – Jaylen Green
Dr. & Mrs. William Young Award – student pursuing higher education with highest average in Social Science, $100 – Sydney Davis
Edna Jay Sports Award – student outstanding in sports, $100 – Jared Latane
Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – student entering health field, $50 * – Amanee Nuriddin-Lee
Madge Mitchell Math Award – student outstanding in math, $250 – Jaylen Green
Melody Moss Walcott Award – student entering law, $100 – C’ani Lewis
Amos and Roxie Rogers Memorial Award – student pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering, If there is no student entering neither of these fields, then a student entering another vocation. $100 – Cyerra Bean
Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – student showing most improvement in four years, $300* – Deontray Parham
Edna Harper Service Award – student displaying good citizenship/service, $150 – Richon Hightower
Joy M. Harper Award – student pursuing a degree in the field of Education, $100 – Anaya Menoken
Henry Long Memorial Award – student excelling in Computer Science, $200 – Niam Sabir
Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – service-oriented student with spotless disciplinary record (not necessarily at top of class; exhibits highest moral character), $200 – Jaylen Green
Curtis and Lula Moss Activity Award – student who participated in the most school activities (no service points or academic standing to be considered), $50 – Sydney Davis
Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – student who perseveres to the end (not necessarily at top of class), $150 – Cyerra Bean
Magnificent Seven Award – student with best average in four years of English, $150 – Sydney Davis
Sonia Farmer Character Award – student displaying outstanding character, $500 – Richon Hightower
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Dependability Award – dependable student, punctuality traits, (not attendance) not necessarily with the highest average, $100 – Tyrese Wiggins
Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Chemistry Award – outstanding student entering science or medical field, $300 – Jaylen Green
Steve Israel Awards – student outstanding in sports, $500; unsung hero, $500
Sports: Jared Latane Unsung Hero: Savon Taylor
I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – student outstanding in Accounting or Business, $100 – Jared Latane
Leon N. Williams Law Award – student pursuing a career in law, $100 – Manajah Harmon
Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – student pursuing higher education with highest average in Natural Science, $100 – Sydney Davis
Rick Williams Health Service Award – student pursuing a career in the field of Healthcare, $100 – Amanee Nuriddin-Lee
Dwight and Yvonne Anderson Award – Two students graduating with the most improved grades in their senior year, $100 each. – Franzira Lambert, Laurice Parham
William Travis Creative Arts Award – one student per year interested in Visual Arts, Theater Arts (acting or production), Dance and Music. $500 – Muhammed Qadar
Note: Awards with * are given at Haddon Heights High School commencement in June.