In her last semester at school, the Ola High School graduate and member of the Higher Living Christian Church in Hampton struggled to pay her tuition and school loans plus the other necessary education-related expenses one faces when seeking a college degree.
Unfortunately, at times, this met having to choose between putting nutritious food on her table or paying educational expenses.
That, however, is now a thing of the past, thanks to Clayton County Black Ministers Fellowship.
Thompson was one of three students who attend one of the churches involved in the minister’s fellowship to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the group in this, the fellowship’s initial year with the scholarship program.
The other two students awarded similar scholarships were Tyriel Robinson, a freshman at Howard University who also attends Higher Living Christian Church, and Kamberly Tate, a sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana, who attends Greater St. Peter A.M.E. Church in Jonesboro.
Thompson said, with the scholarship, she will be able to continue paying off some of her college student loans and it will also help pay for her upcoming semester.
“In essence,” she said, “this scholarship will allow me to remain in school.”
Rev. Isaiah Tate, pastor of Greater St Peter A.M.E. Church fro 17 years and president of the Clayton County Black Ministers Fellowship, said providing scholarship funds to students who attend churches belonging to the fellowship, is something the organization has been interested in doing for the last few years.
“Keirra, Kamberly and Tyriel were our first recipients and we are planning to continue awarding the $1,000 scholarships at least once a year,’ he said.
To be considered for the scholarships, Thompson said, students must be enrolled at a historically black college or university and need to be a member of a church belonging to the black minister’s fellowship.
In addition, the scholarship applicants had to write an essay about their financial needs from an education standpoint and why receiving a scholarship was so important to their educational pursuits.
“My mother received an e-mail about the scholarship program of the black minister’s fellowship just two days before the entry deadline so I really had to hurry to get my essay in and feel blessed to have received one of them,” Thompson said.