By Christopher T. Matthews
Walk The Word Ministry, located at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus, awarded 14 individuals pursuing and/or continuing their higher education with scholarships on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The scholarship was not based on any age or gender requirements.
On March 5, 2016 Walk The Word Ministry (WTWM) hosted a full house signature event of guests, who were pre-paid, and expected to attend “Walk The Word Scholarship Gala” (formerly Celebrity Wait Dinner). The guests filled the grand ballroom at Parkway Place dressed in their “Semi-formal to Formal” attire to serve a meal by one of the 37 recruited servers. The evening festivities included a live band, raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle.
During a recent Walk The Word press conference, it was indicated that the church continues to grow and are searching for ways to meet the needs of both the community and those they served within their community and congregation.
Ruth Henderson, scholarship chairperson explained that, 14 members of the congregation and/or the community would receive 1,800 dollars raised from the Walk The Word Scholarship Gala held in March. “This is our second year for the scholarship. Our Pastor, Timothy Pettaway, decided we need to give back to our congregation and the community as well and what better way to do so than by supporting those interested in acquiring a higher education,” she said.
Linda Flowers added, “This is the extension of the “Walk The Word Scholarship Gala” On March 5, 2016. Today, we are awarding 14 individuals, who submitted applications and purpose statements essays etc., to be chosen to receive the scholarship, the application process ended March 31st 2016. One of the recipients chosen for the scholarship from within the community was Blake Minter.”
Recipients were: Marquita Murphy, Taylor Fitchpatric, Justin Heil and Willie Bankston.
Marquita, a Lourdes University student, is working on her second masters degree. She said that, she was excited and more importantly thankful for the opportunity to receive the Walk The Word Scholarship funds.
Taylor, who currently attends Eastern Michigan University, heard about the scholarship via the congregation at Walk The Word. She has been a member for over a year and felt fortunate to be blessed with such a great opportunity.
A recent graduate of St. John’s Jesuit, Justin will be attending Eastern Michigan University. His mother informed him about his eligibility for the scholarship, and he feels it is a privilege to be a recipient of the scholarship and grateful he had the support.
University of Toledo sophomore, Willie heard about the scholarship via the congregation and his mother. He thanked the church for everything that they have done, and that with the cost of college this was a blessing and a big help.
Feature Photo: Walk The Word Scholarship committee and Awardees.