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Students Receive Scholarships at PAAAA Reception

The Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) hosted a lively celebration of student achievement on Thursday, May 2, 2024, honoring nine student scholarship award winners at their annual Scholarship Awardee Reception.  

Chancellor Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson poses with the nine students who received scholarship awards from the Peralta Association of African American AffairsDr. Lawrence VanHook, the PAAAA President, kicked off the evening with a warm welcome followed by Dr. Carolyn Martin offering Libations and honoring the past, while Alison Fletcher led the audience in a rousing singalong of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (the Black National Anthem). 

Berkeley City College President Dr. Denise Richardson kicked off the student recognition portion of the evening by presenting scholarship awards to BCC students:

  • Aneise Jones
  • Darius Standifer
  • and Celestina Nsingang Mbianda International Award winner Oluwatunmise Akanie

BCC student scholarship award winners Oluwatunmise Akanle, Aneise Jones, and Darius Standifer pose with BCC President Dr. Denise Richardson

College of Alameda Acting President Dr. Pam Luster had the pleasure of recognizing COA students:

  • Chanceline Zannou
  • Shemicka Johnson

COA President Dr. Pam Luster presents Chanceline Zannou a PAAAA Scholarship Award

PAAAA Scholarship Award Winner Shemicka Johnson from College of Alameda thanks the donors who made her scholarship possible.

Laney College President Dr. Rudy Besikof had the honor of recognizing Laney student Damien Pope, Jr.

Laney College President Dr. Rudy Besikof presents a PAAAA Scholarship Award to Laney student Damien Pope, Jr.

Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson was thrilled to honor several Merritt students including:

  • Lois Spicer
  • Wisly Pierre
  • and NAACP Award winner Bianca Townsend

Merritt College student Lois Spicer expresses gratitude to her support network after receiving a PAAAA Scholarship Award

Merritt College President Dr. David Johnson presents a PAAAA Scholarship Award to student Wisly Pierre, with Tauheeda Anderson and Brock Drazen

Merritt College student Bianca Townsend receives the NAACP Scholarship at the PAAAA Scholarship Awardee Reception May 2, 2024

Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, current Board of Trustees Vice President Louis Quindlen, former trustee Dr. Bill Riley, and many other community leaders across our district attended to show support for these amazing students.  Dr. Gilkerson provided some closing comments, saying, "Thank you to the Peralta Association of African American Affairs for putting on what has just been incredible...I mean, my heart is full!  I don't know how y'all feel but my heart is definitely full with just the brilliance in this room and the love and the warmth that has been shown." We are excited to see what the future holds for these amazing students!

The PAAAA Scholarship Awardee Reception planners

Three cheers to the PAAAA Scholarship Awards organizing committee chaired by Douglass Cobb and including Ramona Butler, LaShawn Brumfield, Rose Allen, and Hope Lane. Also many thanks to Laney College student Elwood Jefferson for the outstanding photos.  You can see more photos at Peralta's SmugMug gallery here.  For those interested in video, Mark Johnson filmed the event without a tripod and those mildly shaky videos can be found in this YouTube playlist

As a reminder, the 16th Annual African & African-American Graduation Celebration is coming up on Saturday, May 18, 2024, starting at 11am at the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland.  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at africangrad@peralta.edu.  If you have any questions about the graduation, please contact your PAAAA campus representatives:

For more information, please visit the website at https://www.peralta.edu/admissions/student-resources/paaaa/african-american-graduation

Tags: Award, Peralta Colleges Foundation, scholarship, Graduation, Peralta Association of African American Affairs


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