By: Tony McCray
Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute would be proud of The Greater Pensacola Tuskegee Alumni Club (GPTAC) that recognized their local scholarship recipients and their parents at a reception Saturday, July 30th, at the DeVillier’s Square office complex in the historic Belmont and DeVilliers Business District. Tuskegee alumni as well as other local students who attend Tuskegee were also in attendance. The Tuskegee Alumni Club provides assistance and support to six local students who are pursuing their degrees at the historic Tuskegee University. Myles Sampson, IV, one of the scholarship recipients, is following in his father’s footsteps by majoring in architecture. His sister, Sydnee, will be attending Tuskegee this fall. She will also be pursuing a degree in architecture!
David Alexander, IV, the son of City of Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III, is among the first Tuskegee Alumni scholarship recipient that has graduated with his Bachelor’s degree. Alexander received his degree in 2015 and is currently attending graduate school at Tuskegee. Other scholarship recipients in attendance at the reception were Kendall Lee, a senior nursing student who will graduate in December of this year; Alyssa Walker, a rising sophomore is majoring in architecture and Kayla Davis a rising junior majoring in Nursing. The alumni club announced two new scholarship recipients for the fall 2016 semester, Selena Washington, and Anthony O’Bannon.
Tuskegee Alumni Club will be hosting its eighth annual golf tournament on the 4th of November at the Osceola Golf Course in Pensacola to help raise funds for a continuation of the scholarship program. For interested students or parents additional information can be obtained by calling David Hawkins at 850-449-1136 or Dr. Shirley Lewis Brown 850-497-2730. If you are interested in joining or supporting the Greater Pensacola Tuskegee Alumni Club, please call Earnest Dawson, GPTAC President, at 850.698.4663.