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Voorhees University Celebrates Exceptional Achievements & Recognition at Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees University proudly honored the remarkable accomplishments of its 2024 Class of Presidential Scholars at the annual Presidential Scholarship Gala, held on Saturday, April 6 at the Leonard Dawson Health and Human Resource Center on the Voorhees Campus.

The 2024 Class of Presidential Scholars embody the pinnacle of academic achievement and leadership and continue to set the standard of excellence at Voorhees.  With a collective grade point average soaring at 3.50, this cohort of twenty-four scholars impressively includes eleven students maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA, thus establishing a remarkable benchmark for scholastic accomplishment. The group’s diversity shines, with 18 talented Sophomores and 10 International students, enriching our community with a wealth of perspectives and experiences.

Beyond their academic prowess, these scholars have showcased remarkable talent in extracurricular pursuits, excelling as student athletes and assuming pivotal leadership roles within campus organizations. Among them are individuals honored with titles such as Student Government Association president, Pre-Alumni Council president, and membership of prestigious institutions like the W. Franklin Evans Honors College and the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.

“We are thrilled to come together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our amazing Presidential Scholars, whose dedication to academic excellence, leadership, and service truly exemplifies the spirit of Voorhees University,” stated Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, Voorhees President.

The 2024 Presidential Scholars honored at the gala include:

Julia Bartlett, Tacina Blair, Nicholas Brown, Omari Bryson, Ashley Chambers, Javari Christopher, Ajah Darville, Kawan M. Ellerbe James, Reginald Faison Jr., Nedisha Ford, Ja’Myah Haynes, Simya Levine, Tatianna Lindsay, Vacavia McKenzie, William Mitchell, II, Kendra Paul, Michael Ramos, Vanessa Sherman, Dominique Snodey, Shemar Stewart, Anaya Tucker, Randell Watkins, China Yates, and Lauren Ybarra.

In addition to the Presidential scholars, Voorhees also presented three additional distinguished awards:  Keeper of the Flame Award, the President’s Award of Excellence, and the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Award.

The Keeper of the Flame Award was presented to South Carolina State Senator Ronnie A. Sabb, a son of Voorhees founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright and a distinguished member of the Voorhees Class of 1980. Senator Sabb’s generous donation of $100,000 in 2023 and unwavering commitment played a vital role in fueling the flame of excellence at Voorhees University.

Mr. Curtis Lowery of South Pointe Roofing and Restorations was presented with the President’s Award of Excellence. South Pointe’s exceptional support, totaling more than $150,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, reflects Mr. Lowery’s deep understanding of the university’s mission and vision and his support in advancing Voorhees to the next level.

Ms. Sarah Simpson, a graduate, staff member, and retiree of Voorhees University, received the 2024 Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Award for exemplifying the spirit and tenacity of the University’s esteemed foundress. As a member of the Class of 1977 and founder of the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Society of Women, Ms. Simpson’s dedication and instrumental efforts in securing funding for the historic erection of the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Statue epitomize the legacy of the beloved founder.

Voorhees University extends its heartfelt congratulations to all awardees and expresses gratitude for their invaluable contributions to the university community.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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