Sorority awards scholarships

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Mu Omega Zeta Chapter awarded two high school seniors scholarships on May 30. The scholarships committee met the recipients on the Fleur de lis stage in downtown Natchitoches to present the awards. Recipients of this year’s scholarships are Morgan Swafford and Devon Sowell.

Morgan is the daughter of Phyllis Swafford. She is a graduate of Natchitoches-Central High School. During her high school years, Morgan was in involved in various school activities such as Upward Bound, Dance Team, Track and Field and the Africian American History Club. She has spent numerous hours volunteering in the community with Hand-Hand Memphis Fire Department, Youth Group Mentor at First Ministries and with Always A Doll. In high school she was awarded the Citizenship Award, National Honor society, A Honor Roll, Math Award, All-District Track and Field, Homecoming Court and she was voted “Most Likely to be Famous”. Morgan is employed at Super One.

Morgan said, “Through my young eyes. I’ve seen a lot, but I refuse to end up as a damaged good. I started getting involved in church, and became a mentor for the youth. My relationship with God became stronger. I know with God being the head of my life, anything was possible, but I had to work extra hard. Today I still, and will forever hold dear to that commitment. My goal is to be successful, and show the younger generation from my community. It’s not where you come from, it’s where you end up. So without a doubt, a college degree, and a will of determination, I’m going to Succeed. The old but profound cliche, ‘never forget where you came from’ is forever in my thoughts. I will always be one to give back to my community, and hope one day to be an ambassador for the university I choose to attend. I know and believe that a good education will certainly make me more valuable in this society we live in. Although, this journey may be long, and hard, I realize remaining humble, teachable, self-respectful, and self-motivated will indeed help me be successful”.

Morgan will attend Southern University where she will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.

Devon Sowell is the son of Senitra Mitchell and Derrick Sowell, Sr. He is a graduate of Natchitoches-Central High School. Derrick’s high school years were filled with school activites. He played football, basketball, ran track, and was a member of 4-H and FCA. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and held a 3.7. g.p.a. throughout high school. He volunteered as a photographer for the New Birth Baptist Church Praise Team and the cleaning and sanitizing crew for church, cleaning and trash pick-up for City of Natchitoches. Derrick is employed at The City of Natchiothces Recreation Department Lawn Care.

Devon said, “Education is one aspect I must maintain and stay on top of to follow the path I am going to take. I feel that a university and/or college will better prepare me for social, economic, and political challenges by giving me a sense of independence and place where I can become the man I have been driven to be. In the King James Version of the bible, Luke Chapter 12 verse 48 states, ‘For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.’ This small passage in this verse tells me I will always have to strive for more, continue to be the best of the best, and achieve every goalI need to accomplish.”

Devon will be pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Southern University.

Thanks to Mu Omega Zeta Chapter president Yalaunda Toliver-Taylor and the scholarship Committee members, Kimberly Davis Smith, Co Chairperson, Candance Grayson, Sonja Hall,Sontonio Helaire, Co-Chairperson, Shalaya O’Neal, and Dorothy McGaskey for their time and dedication in selecting these awesome students as recipients of our scholarship. Members of the sorority would like to wish each of our recipients much success in all of their future endeavors.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was organized at Howard University on January, 16, 1920 by five ladies affectionately known as “The Five Pearls”, who chose not to embrace the tenets of established sororities and chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community, foster sisterhood and exemplify the ideal of Finer Womanhood. The founding principles are: Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.