The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Scholarship Trust is pleased to announce Ke’Asia Edwards, a North County High School senior, as the winner of The Yevola S. Peters Scholarship. The scholarship will be funded by the Annapolis Trust board of directors and Johnelka W. Stafford, a resident of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County employee and professor at Anne Arundel Community College. Ms. Stafford recently was part of the Annapolis Trust scholarship review committee for another scholarship and was impressed with one of the applicants, Ke’Asia.
“One of the main reasons I was able to achieve an MBA as a first-generation-to-college student was because of the support I received from my mentor, Yevola S. Peters. When I met Ke’Asia, I knew I had to find a way to help her financially and with my own experience. Although I know I’ll never be able to repay Mrs. Peters for her countless words of wisdom and constant encouragement, I pray my efforts to pay it forward, starting with Ke’Asia, will show her I’ve been listening, “ explained Ms. Stafford.
Yevola Peters is known throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for her work as an educator and advocate for individuals and families with the Community Action Agency, Anne Arundel County government and St Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Family Life Center. Mrs. Peters has been honored as a recipient of various service awards including the William Schaefer Helping People Award and she even has a street in Annapolis named for her.
Ke’Asia will be attending Hampton University in Virginia in the fall to major in African American studies. Her grandfather has been influential in her education and encouraged her since she was a small child to study history. Ke’Asia will be the first in her family to complete a college degree.
“The Annapolis Trust’s biggest differentiator as a scholarship organization is our mentoring program. We are delighted this named scholarship will honor an esteemed mentor from the community and exemplifies the importance of the mentee/mentor relationship in achieving college graduation,” explains Reginald Broddie, Co Founder of the organization.
The Sponsor-A-Trust-Scholar program provides a scholarship and mentoring for students over their four year college career. A sponsor can name the scholarship and even specify certain criteria such as areas of study, community involvement or a specific school. The Annapolis Trust can manage the entire process including program setup, applications, selection, renewal and tracking. The scholarship recipient will be provided with a one-to-one mentor and career network of mentors to help them enter their profession after graduation.
The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Scholarship Trust is a non profit organization whose mission is to work with the community to provide the inspiration, mentoring and scholarships for first-in-family college students to complete a higher education. Currently, the organization’s students have an 70% graduation rate. For more information about the Sponsor-A-Trust-Scholar program and more, please visit: www. AnnapolisTrust.org.