As we recognize our scholarship recipients, we also celebrate the Scholarship Committee of Shiloh Baptist Church, honoring their commitment as stewards of our heritage, thus preserving our treasures and protecting our future. The vision of these faithful members to institute a scholarship fund became a reality in 1945. Thus was laid the foundation on which we are building our future.
We continue to honor and remember those members who wove into our tapestry a program that has continued for over 65 years. We continue to add on to the legacy of Grace Coleman, Sarah R. Whetts, Deacon John S. Branom and Deacon John Pinkard, Sr. Later appointed to the Committee were Madison Tignor, Frank S. Reid, Jr., Dr. Mary R. Waller, Ella J. Pitts, Marion J. Pryde, James H. Grigsby III, Rosa Keel, J.D. Peacox, Jr., Pearl L. Linder and Doris Quander.
In 1974, at the direction of the Deacon Board, the Committee became the umbrella for the scholarship funds offered through the church. Presently, these funds include, bu are not limited to: the William and Mabel Baylor Memorial Award; the Earl L. Harrison Fellowship for Divinity Students at Howard University; the Harmon Taylor Scholarship; the Goldman-Barksdale Aware; the Shiloh Merit Award/Book Prize; the Henry C. Gregory III Music Fund (sponsored by the Gospel Choir); Samuel and Bettye Meters Award (formerly the First of the Nineties Award); the Williams-Whitener Award (sponsored by Barbara Williams); and the Award for Graduate Research (sponsored by Dr. Kay T. Payne).
The scholarship program at Shiloh also has been enriched through contributions made in memory of members such as Ethel P. and Madison W. Tignor, Regina Chandler, Robasena R. Gwynn, Eloise S. and James W. Curry, Sr., Rev. Rebecca Bradshaw and former Scholarship Committee Co-Chairperson, Marion J. Pryde. The program also has received funding from the estates of members such as
India Smithwick, Dessie L. Smith, Mary Pearl Doughty, John W. Robinson, Jr., Evelyn W. Jones and Ruth E. Lucasm and Dr. Marla Clark Oakes.
After decades of illustrious service, Deacon James H. Grigsby III assumed the role of Scholarship Committee Chair Emeritus in 2006. He graciously continues to offer counsel and assistance to the Committee. In recent years, the Scholarship Committee lost two of ist mos faithful and dedicated members, Mildred K. Jones and former Co-Chairperson, Marion J. Pryde. Patrice M. Pitts, Constance Tate, Jocelyn Fry Summers, Monica Saxton, Vernon Oakes, J. Otis Harris, Jr., Eppie O. Hankins and Zenobia Bingham currently serve on the Shiloh Scholarship Committee. Serving on the Harmon Taylor Award Committee are Mildred Mosley, John H. Pinkard, Jr, Phyllis D. Hines and Barbara Friend.
The Scholarship Committee members strive to be good stewards, carefully executing their charge to provide the resources that will assist your people in achieving their educational goals. We thank God that we have the opportunity to again acknowledge the pursuit of academic distinction by the young men and women affiliated with our church and its programs.