THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC.
2020 Scholarship Recipients with NED Governor - Ericka Davis; TLC Scholarship Chairperson - Rhonda Mona; TLC President - Rosalind Holmes
Ruth F. Howell Scholarship
Each year, the club awards scholarships to deserving High School Seniors in Queens County. The scholarships are awarded at The Laurelton Club's Annual Founders' Day Observance.
Through individual donations, and fundraising efforts, The Laurelton Club of the NANBPWC, Inc. has given over $200,000 in scholarships over the club’s history.
2022 Scholarship Recipients
The Laurelton Club awarded a total of $6,000 in scholarship monies to four deserving High School seniors from the Class of 2022. These students were selected by our Scholarship Committee based on their high academic achievements, community service and extracurricular activities.
My name is Michael Tyler Pinckney. I was born on December 9, 2004, in Queens New York.My parents are Michael and Samantha Pinckney. I have one older sibling and two younger siblings, Mekhi, Pride, and Malyn.I am presently attending High School for construction, trade engineering, and architecture. My grade point average (GPA) is currently 3.85. My expected date of graduation isJune 22, 2022. I am planning to attend the University of California- Los Angeles. I am an ambitious and dedicated student-athlete. At my high school, I am a member of the track and field team. My specialty is in the shot put, weight throw, hammer, and discus. I currently provide volunteer assistance at a physical therapy rehabilitation clinic; I also mentor other student-athletes on how to develop competencies that will empower them to pursue their post-graduation achievements. My plans to become a civil engineer are not solely based on my desires but on my innate abilities as well. I Michael T. Pinckney have the ingenuity to innovate, the technical competence to develop, and problem-solving skills to overcome challenges
My name is Jada Kerr, and I am currently 18-years old and in the 12th grade. I attend the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria, Queens, and I reside in Saint Albans, Queens. I come from a loving family, and I myself am the youngest of three. In both my educational career and life, as a whole, I have a strong interest in doing everything possible to better myself and learn from my experiences. I participate in a large variety of extracurricular activities such as debate, Saturday writing class, a civic engagement group, and summer programs such as internships at law firms, and college philosophy classes. Through my participation in these programs, I have earned a writer of the year award, a best essay award, a leadership award, and four debating awards. My dream is to take my debating and analytical skills and my love of law and to become a lawyer. I want to create change in society and leave my mark on the world.
Brandon Alexander Donaldson is currently a senior at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Brandon has been an athlete in a variety of sports from a young age including the Saint Albans Baseball Team and Our Lady of Lourdes Track and Basketball Teams. Over the past few years, Brandon has continued to be a top athletic performer on his high school track and field team. In addition to Brandon’s athletic abilities, he has been an honor roll student and while in college he plans to major in accounting and finance with a minor in sports management. In his spare time, Brandon has volunteered as a camera person at the Allen AME Church, and during the Covid-19 pandemic he was active in his community as a Southeast Queens Ambassador where he checked on senior citizens. More recently, Brandon also volunteered for the New York City Mayoral Race and now New York City Mayor Eric Adams. To date, Brandon has received several awards for community service and his athletic accomplishments which include the following: • Congressional Achievement Award from Congressman Gregory Meeks November 2021 • Citation of Honor, Office of the President, Borough of Queens, November 2021 • City Council Citation, November 20, 2021 (2) • Certificate of Recognition from Senator LeRoy Comrie, November 2021 • Certificate of Accomplishment from Senator James Sanders, November 2021 • New York State Assembly Citation, November 2021 (2) • Certificate of Recognition from Senator LeRoy Comrie, September 2020 (SEQ Wellness Ambassador) • Honor Roll Annually • Principal’s List • Track and Field MVP (4) o Over 100 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and Trophies (Catholic Youth Organization and Citywide and St. Francis Preparatory School) • Senior Year Scholarship - Jim & Bernice McHugh Scholarship Fund
Brandon has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Queens Chapter since 2011, and he has served in several leadership positions. Currently, he is the treasurer, and he recently led the teens as they raised $10,000 with their fundraiser. Brandon is committed to supporting those who are underserved, and he plans to always remember his local community in the future through his success as a professional in the industries of finance and sports.
LANA PRIESTER, is a 17 years old from Queens, New York. She has been a student at the Professional Performing Arts School “PPAS”, in Manhattan since middle school. She is a vocal major at PPAS, who sings Classical music. During the 2018-2019 academic year she had the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center and at the grand opening of the Hudson Yards.
Since 2014, she has been singing in the St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY, Voices of Hope Children’s Choir and the Voices of St. Paul Mass Choir. She is involved in God’s Blueprint for Life Ministry under the direction of J. David and Valena Bratton. Lana is a member of Hezekiah Walker’s 180 Youth and Young Adult Choir, which debuted in 2018 on Easter Sunday at the Brooklyn Marriott.
Lana won 2nd place in the Sisters of the Arts, Nassau, Suffolk, Queens chapter annual showcase on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The prize was 12 private vocal lessons with Stephybloom Music Studio’s vocal coach Stephanie Alvarenga. She has had opportunities to be on set for the Equalizer Series in 2020, and Chasing My Dreams, What’s going on the remake 20 years later music video.
In the summer of 2019, Lana was accepted into NYU’s STEM/STEP program. Lana is very active in the St. Paul Community Baptist Church Pearl ministry for girls 17 and under, which is rooted in community services to children, families and senior citizens. She is a member of the First responders Children’s Foundation Chorus and has been an active participant in all fundraising events and the 20th Anniversary of 911 tributes and commemorations, including the first NYC Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape parade honoring essential workers. She is a volunteer at the NYPD community center (127 Pen) in which she participates in their community service events throughout the year.
Although Lana loves to sing and write original songs, she plans to use her voice in a different way, as she is planning to major in Journalism/Media Broadcast in college in the Fall 2022.