The Ladies of the Shelby County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently presented scholarships to four outstanding Shelby County High School Seniors. by Keila Foster
Special to the Tri-State Defender
The Ladies of the Shelby County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently presented scholarships to four outstanding Shelby County High School Seniors during their 1st Annual Hats for Bettye, Brunch & Silent Auction at the Ridgeway Country Club.
| Scholarship committee members, scholarship recipients and event namesake Betty Coe Donahue at the 1st Annual Hats for Bettye, Brunch & Silent Auction. (Courtesy photos)|
The Hats for Bettye, Brunch & Silent Auction served as a three-fold signature event, including giving honor to Delta Bettye Coe Donahue, the namesake of the chapter’s Betty Coe Donahue Scholarship Fund. Donahue was initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 1956 and has been an active member in Shelby County and Memphis for over 50 years. She was a teacher with Memphis City Schools for over 30 years and served as president of the Memphis Education Association (MEA) in 1982.
“I have a passion for education and shaping the path of the young people of today,” said Donahue, now a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, where she is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Donahue also is a Life Member of the NAACP, past president of Memphis Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Chapter (1972-74), a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta and she played an integral part in the chartering of the Shelby County Alumnae Chapter.
The event’s second fold involved honoring Shelby County High School seniors, Shaintese Smith of Bolton High School, Bria Carey of Germantown High School, and Alisha Tucker and Dominique Moore of Millington Central High School with over $1000 each in scholarships. The honorees were chosen from many applicants based upon their GPA, leadership experiences and ACT scores.
“We are pleased to give the gift of college scholarships,” said President Shirley Payne Page, “a gift that will keep on giving.”
The third element was a Silent Auction, with donated items from local Memphis businesses, individuals and Delta Jahari L. Dowdy, attorney at law. All proceeds benefited the Betty Coe Donahue Scholarship Fund.