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Cheltenham chapter of the NAACP
Awarded Four Scholarships to Area High School Graduating Seniors
The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP which serves Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting and Whitemarsh Townships, awarded four $500.00 scholarships to students from our area at their 16th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Flourtown Country Club 150 McCloskey Road, Flourtown Pennsylvania. Ben Hasan, Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer from Wal – mart Stores, Inc

The Keynote Speaker at the Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner was Ben Hasan, Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer from Wal – mart Stores, Inc. Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology. In this role he and his team were responsible for ISD Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality Assurance. Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015.

In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company's culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company's external reputation as a great place to work.

Angela D. Bell, Esqurie is currently employed as the Community Mobilizer for Communities That Care, in Norristown and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. During her tenure as Community Mobilizer she has provided technical assistance and training in community mobilization and Board/Coalition governance and structure to numerous collaborative partners.

Ms. Bell's dutiesant-drug and social arketing campaigns, in addition to implementation and evaluation of national model substance abuse prevention programs. also include the development and mplementation of ant-drug and social marketing campaigns, in addition
to implementation and evaluation of national model substance abuse prevention programs.

Judith I. Dalton, associate dean for Institutional Diversity, will be honored by the Cheltenham NAACP on June 26 as the recipient of the 2016 Educational Achievement Award for her work promoting cultural diversity in school communities.
According to the Cheltenham NAACP board: “[Dalton's] passion for the educational enterprise, institutional diversity, the welfare of students, faculty, and the community at-large have convinced the NAACP that she is most deserving of the award.”
Dalton received the award at the 16th annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner at the Flourtown Country Club in Flourtown.



The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP winners of the 2016 NAACP Essay Competition held in April at the four individual high schools. The students were Briana Morales from Cheltenham, Kennedy Jackmon Jenkintown, Ayreeona Wright Plymouth – Whitemars, and Zaria Clifton from Springfield High School.
Briana Morales, Cheltenham High School Sponsored by The Most Excellent Grand Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons. A senior at Cheltenham High School. Throughout high school I have remained a member of the Black Scholars Program for all four years. With the help of my numerous extracurricular activities I was able to create close friendships and relationships with my peers and teachers. One of my teacher relationships has influenced me to pursue my major in nursing at West Chester University. My life goal has always been to give back to my community, and what better way to do that, than by working in the medical field and assisting sickly people while researching cures for deadly diseases. I look forward to starting my college career at West Chester University.
Kennedy Jackmon, Jenkintown High School, Sponsored by The Harvey L. Crudup Memorial Scholarship Fund. A senior at Jenkintown High School. I went to Cheltenham High School for most of my high school career until 11th grade, and then I transferred to Catasauqua High School for 6 months, and then came to live in Jenkintown. I am a part of the World Language Honor Society, National Young Leaders Society, and National Honor Society. When I was in Cheltenham, I was a part of the Black Scholars Program and Black Student Union, which were an honor to be in as well. In the fall, I am excited to attend Drexel University where I will major in Political Science. My ultimate goal is to become a Specialized Agent in the FBI, a dream I have had since I was a little girl.
Zaria Clifton, Springfield High School, Sponsored by Frederica D. Hale and
Monique Hale Bagby in memory of their father, Frederick Hale. I am 19 years old and was born in North Carolina, although during my youth I moved around a lot. I have lived in Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and of course, Pennsylvania. I presently live in Springfield Township and am attending Springfield High School. I am the current President of the Voices of Excellence Group--a minority group whose foundation is built on striving to enhance the already existing leadership skills in each individual. I have been a part of this group for nearly 5 years, and am also a member of many other clubs, including Youth and Government, and Human Right Alliance. My hobbies are: enjoying poetry, music, and just experiencing life with good company. My plans after High School are to tackle higher education while excelling to the top of my classes. I believe that to be the best, you have to become a champion in everything you do.
Ayreeona Wright, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, Sponsored by Frederica D. Hale and Monique Hale, Bagby in memory of their mother, Victoria Hale. I am 17 years old and was born and raised in Philadelphia. I live with my mother who is a single mother of three. I currently attend Plymouth Whitemarsh High School as a senior. I started in my 12th grade year, which was surprisingly difficult for me, because I came in not knowing anyone. I was unable to participate in any extracurricular activities because I worked after school to help my mom out at home. After graduating this year, I will attend Shippensburg University in the fall, which is located in Shippensburg, PA. I am very confident that my experiences through high school will help me during my next four years in college. Majoring in premedicine I plan on becoming a surgical technician after college. In addition to the monetary awards, students received Certificates of Congratulations from their respective state senators, Daylin Leach, and Art Haywood. Additionally, the NAACP saluted a number of individuals for their generous and devoted service to the community and unwavering support of the tenets promulgated by the NAACP.


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