Helping students benefit from the A&T experience

By Larry Sutton - Contributing columnist

One of the main signature events that has been organized by the Sampson County Chapter of the North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Association is the annual Gospel Scholarship Program which helps provide scholarships and other support to N.C. A&T students from the local area.

One week from today, on Saturday, April 28, the NC A&T alumni chapter will host its seventh annual Gospel Scholarship Program in the historic sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 900 College St., Clinton, with the doors opening at 6:30 and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Our 2018 Gospel Scholarship Program will include headliner Renewed, along with other local talented soloists, church youth groups, praise teams and the Spoken Word.

Being that this scholarship program is a community wide event, we would like to invite all local A&T alumni, friends and supporters to join us for an evening of joyful sounds, uplifting music and spiritual inspiration. We, also, invite you to join us in our continual commitment of investing in our local youth. Additionally, the fact that this wonderful evening of gospel music on next Saturday is free and the public is invited, we do expect a very large turnout. Donations will be accepted in the form of a free will offering with the expectation that people will give cheerfully and generously to this worthy cause.

Your support of our A&T alumni chapter will benefit current and future N.C. A&T students by allowing us to award scholarships and financial aid, so we can help other deserving local high school students in achieving their academic and professional aspirations. As a collective body, the Sampson County NC A&T alumni chapter takes great pride in being able to help make more local students a part of the North Carolina A&T experience, an experience that will help them have an impactful college life. Indeed, North Carolina A&T is a place where their success truly matters.

While commenting on the enrollment surge, N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., had this to say, “We deliver an education that not only prepares our students for rewarding careers in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we deeply value each and every individual who entrusts us with that responsibility.” With that mindset, it’s not hard to understand why N.C. A&T produces more black engineers than any university in America at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Additionally, we find it very interesting that according to the winter 2017-2018 N.C. A&T Magazine, “In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report Best Historically Black Colleges ranking, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the top HBCU in North Carolina and the No. 2 public HBCU in the nation.”

Organized in 2011 and officially chartered on Feb. 26, 2012, the Sampson County Chapter of the NC A&T Alumni Association is still committed to helping make dreams come true. And for the past seven years, this scholarship program has become a cause close to our hearts.

By Larry Sutton

Contributing columnist

Larry Sutton is a retired teacher from Clinton High School.

Larry Sutton is a retired teacher from Clinton High School.