Maylani Nicole Carr is a senior at Emsley A. Laney High School. In addition to her academic prowess, Maylani is a member of the Beta Club, an AP Scholar, and serves as president of the National Honor Society. She also volunteers at Nourish NC, and Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-K Center.
Maylani is an excellent softball player, and captain of her softball team. In the fall, she will attend Vanderbilt University, and major in Medicine, Health and Society.
Drew Peterson, Peterson Softball LLC, admires Maylani's character and strong work ethic. "Maylani consistently demonstrates leadership by example, a teachable spirit, humbleness, respectfulness toward people in leadership positions, and genuine kindness toward her peers."
Carisa Jade Spicer is a senior at Liberty University Online Academy. She is also enrolled in the Fashion Industry Essentials Program at Parson The New School for Design in New York. Carissa is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and volunteers as a Pre-K Assistant Teacher at the Port City Community Church.
In the fall, she plans to major in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing at one of the following universities: Savannah College of Art and Design, Appalachian State University, or the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Kayla Daughtride, Grow Zone Volunteer Coordinator (PCCC) applauds Carissa's dedication and perseverance. "Carissa is committed to learning and growing as a leader, and has demonstrated a maturity well beyond her age in responsibility, leadership, and compassion for others."
This year, Red Black & Love, Inc.® awarded two $5,000 scholarships. Congratulations Amileon Williams and Shamyia Robinson!
The 2020 Red, Black & Love Scholarship Recipient, Taleeyah Brianna Perry, graduated from Wilmington Early College High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.4 GPA and was ranked as the top student in her senior class. Upon her graduation, Taleeyah earned her high school diploma, an Associate’s Degree in Science, and two nursing certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant 1 (CNA1), and Certified Nursing Assistant 2 (CNA2).
While in high school, Taleeyah was a member of the Nurse Aid Club and volunteered at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She also donated her time to the Children’s Museum, Teen Court, and the Big Buddy Program. Taleeyah also participated in the 2020 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Program.
Wilmington Early College High School Principal, Regina Wooten, praised Taleeyah’s personality and work ethic. “Taleeyah is a gentle soul who works hard in order to measure her definition of success. As her Principal, I have watched her set goals, attain them, and continue to strive for improvement. I have known Taleeyah for four years, and she demonstrates time and time again that she is not willing to accept anything less than her best.”
Taleeyah is currently attending The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, majoring in nursing. We look forward to hearing about her college success in the years to come!
It all began with a love of dance...
What happens when you combine great music with a desire to remain physically active, and have fun? You get four women who welcomed every opportunity to get together to line dance whenever possible! After learning several complicated dances, we decided to share our newfound skills with others by hosting free weekly line dance lessons at a local church in May, 2017. Led by Alice Carney, we were able to create a faithful line dance community, and decided that we needed to showcase all of the great dances that we learned. Initially, we just wanted to have a party, but as the planning process evolved, so did our vision for having a party with a specific purpose. We decided that helping graduating seniors realize their dream of attending college was a worthwhile endeavor; and with that Red, Black & Love, Inc.® was officially born.
The importance of education cannot be understated. However, as the cost of attending college continues to rise, potential students and their families can be faced with unexpected financial challenges. Red, Black & Love, Inc.® was formed for the purpose of providing monetary assistance to deserving graduating seniors in New Hanover, Brunswick, and surrounding areas as they prepare to attend college. Through fundraising events, donations, sponsorships, and the annual Red, Black & Love Gala, students are assisted with initial educational expenditures. The Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation was the first recipient of funding in 2018.
"Education is for improving the lives of others
and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it."
-- Marian Wright Edelman
Red, Black & Love, Inc.® believes that education, as an essential tool for academic and personal growth, can be used as a vehicle to equip all people with equal opportunities. We commit to continuing our mission of providing financial assistance to deserving, college-bound, young minds as they in turn help to build a more cohesive, and equal, society. Education Matters. Respect and Equality Matter. Black Lives Matter.
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