Eight Local Youth Receive Coronado Scholarships

By Tasion  Kwamilele 

Front, from left to right: Magida Algazali, Shanika Walker, Christopher Whitmore, Tamika, Maxine Fisher. Back Row: Joe Fisher, Gustavo Ibarra, Asia Spragan, Christopher Xie. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

  The annual Coronado Neighborhood Scholarship banquet dinner recently awarded scholarships to eight students to help in their pursuits of higher education.  The Coronado Neighborhood Council’s Scholarship fund was established in 1975 to encourage Coronado youth and adults to pursue education on a college level. In 2002, the fund was extended to include all of Richmond.  Qualifications for receiving a scholarship are based on future plans, personality, leadership and contributions to the community and church.  This year’s dinner was held Oct. 22. “The dinner was a success.  Our guest honorees, Naomi Williams and Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsey and our master of ceremonies Jeff Wright, made the night that much more amazing,” said Joe Fisher, President of the Coronado Neighborhood Council. Christopher Whitmore received the Lillie Mae Jones scholarship for $1,000. He plans to become a great politician and later Mayor of Richmond. Demarion Keyes received the $1,000 Richmond Food Center Scholarship. He is a sociology major and has a 4.0 grade-point-average. Christopher Xie, who received the $1,000 Levin Terminal Scholarship, plans to major in computer engineering at Stanford University. Asia Spragan received the $1,000 Post Newspaper Scholarship. Majoring in Journalism, Spragan plans to become a fashion journalist for a prominent Black magazine such as Ebony or Sista 2 Sista.   Magida Alghazali received the Sims Metal Scholarship for $1,500 and has dreams of becoming a computer science instructor. Gustavo Ibarra, who received the $1,500 DP Security Scholarship, plans to open own business.    Shanita Walker received the Machanics Bank Scholarship for $2,000.  Walker lives in the Coronado Neighborhood and after graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Administration of Justice, she plans to become a crime investigator. “Giving out these scholarships and watching them receive the scholarships, watching the joy that covered their faces was the best part of the job,” said Fisher.
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