FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2014, 9:00 AM
Contact: Mike Bronson (907) 538-3818
ANCHORAGE: The Anchorage NAACP, recently awarded one-thousand dollar scholarships to four graduating seniors from Anchorage High Schools. Kathryn Treder graduated from West Anchorage High School and is going to Stanford University. Estrada Bernard graduated from South High and is going to Stanford as well. Shantina Gillion, formerly at West, matriculated at the University of Alaska. Joshua Reed entered Norfolk State University in Virginia. The scholarships will defray parts of their college expenses.
“We’re proud to promote the success of these up-and-coming young people,” said Mike Bronson, 2nd Vice President and Assistant Treasurer with the local NAACP.” He said the group raised the scholarship money by selling dinners. The scholarship program is named for Blanche Preston McSmith, a founder of the local NAACP in the 1950s and a member of the Alaska Legislature in 1960. The national NAACP was founded more than 100 years ago to combat lynching’s that were common across the country.
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