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City of Columbia recognizes winners, sponsors of Dream Keeper Scholarships Program

On Monday, January 16, the city held its 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street.

The keynote speaker was Columbia native and NBA Hall of Famer, Alex English. Ceremony remarks were given by Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, Councilman Edward McDowell Jr. (District 2), and City Manager Teresa Wilson. Council members Aditi Bussells (atlarge), Howard Duvall (at-large) and Will Brennan (District 3) were also in attendance. Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader and recognized those who are committed to serving others.

Scholarship winners were announced by assistant city manager Henry Simons. He also announced winners of the Honor the Dream Food Drive. Several nominations were received for the Dream Keeper Scholarships Program, which recognizes exemplary displays of voluntary service and academic achievement.

The winners of the
Dream Keeper Scholarships were:
•$100—Tyler Jackson
(Center for Knowledge)
•$250—Benjamin Brown
(Dreher High School)
•$500—Aniyah J. Hodges
(W.J. Keenan High School)
•$1,000—Cyndal Dibble
(Swansea High School)

The sponsors for this year’s program were:

•Alpha Psi Lambda Chapter & Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi

Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
•The Josiah Caden Jenkins
Memorial Scholarship.
Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins
established the scholarship in memory of his
great-nephew Josiah
Caden Jenkins
•100 Black Men of Greater
Columbia Inc.
•Cromartie Law Firm, LLC
•City Manager Teresa Wilson •Assistant City Manager
Henry Simons
•Director Randy Davis,
Parks and Recreation, City
of Columbia
•Chief William H. “Skip”
Holbrook Columbia Police

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