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Shaw Students Receive Scholarships at Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner

 Brandon Banks, Evelyn Leathers, Danielle GreenMay 22, 2013 - Shaw University juniors Danielle Green and Brandon Banks were among six students recognized at North Carolina State University's Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner held in March. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

Green, a junior mass communications major from Portsmouth, VA is a first generation college student. She is a presidential scholar (a 4-year scholarship recipient), a member of the Honors College and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and a member of the Platinum Sound marching band. Green is also an intern at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh and a volunteer at WSHA 88.9 FM, the campus radio station.   She also serves the community by volunteering at a local day care center. Green was unanimously voted by the mass communications faculty as the outstanding student of the year, an honor usually reserved for a senior. Her dream is to become an entertainment journalist and a journalism professor. 

Banks is a junior psychology major from Riverdale, Georgia and was a research intern for the University's "Shaw in Jamaica MoN Project" during the summer of 2012. His active nature has granted him the opportunity to serve in various capacities on Shaw's campus, including as the Pre-Alumni Council President, Collegiate 100 Education Chair, and NAACP member. He is also a chartering board member of the Junior Advisory Council of the Wake County Salvation Army. After graduation, Banks plans to attend graduate school and obtain his PhD in clinical/community psychology and teach on a collegiate level. 

In 1982, North Carolina State University began hosting the University - Community "Brotherhood Dinner" as a part of the vision of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark, linking North Carolina State University, Shaw University, St. Augustine's University (formerly, St. Augustine's College), and diverse members of the community. The goals of the event were two-fold:

  • To bring to light the "important contributions that African Americans have made and continue to make by identifying an African American . . . who has made contributions to America, not only as a scholar, but as an humanitarian."
  • "To reaffirm, as a University and a community, our deep commitment to enhancing an environment where people of diverse backgrounds may come to study and work together, realizing their full potential."

Also honored during the dinner with the Benjamin E. Mays Award, were Margaret Rose Murray, a Raleigh activist and community organizer and Charlotte O'Neal, a humanitarian, artist and activist whose work links the U.S. and Tanzania.

The revived dinner, last held in 2009 (when Shaw alumnus Willie E. Gary was presented with the Benjamin E. Mays Award) has been renamed after Clark.

Rev. Donna Battle and Dr. Kim Leathers served as Shaw's representatives on the planning committee for the dinner.