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$20,000 in scholarships awarded to students by historically black organizations

Each organization presented their own scholarships with a total of about $20,000 awarded.  (Image Source: WLOX News) Each organization presented their own scholarships with a total of about $20,000 awarded. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Nishiana Heard was among the recipients. The Gulfport High School graduate is a first-generation college student. (Image Source: WLOX News) Nishiana Heard was among the recipients. The Gulfport High School graduate is a first-generation college student. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The program was hosted by the Iota Upsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. (Image Source: WLOX News) The program was hosted by the Iota Upsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

With this school year in the books, many graduating seniors are looking toward the fall when they will begin their collegiate careers, and it's never too late to get some financial assistance. That's just what happened Sunday at First Missionary Baptist Church Biloxi, where several historically black Greek letter organizations hosted their annual scholar awards.

With their certificates in hand, dozens of local high school students were recognized for their academic achievements and plans to further their education.

“Everybody knows college isn't cheap, but with the help of scholarships and family and keeping God first in life, I know I will be able to get really far,” said Kennedy Daniels.

Nishiana Heard was among the recipients. The Gulfport High School graduate is a first-generation college student.

“This is amazing, actually it's a lot of pressure, but I'm ready for it because I want to make them proud and I want to make my extended family proud too to go and get my degree and become all the things I wanted to be with their support and everything,” said Heard.

Heard's proud parents say they've always rooted for her to break the generational curse and go to college.

“I’m very excited with me being a teen parent to see that she didn't make any mistakes. She's very focused and determined and knows what she wants to do in life, and she's headed in the right direction,” said Jerrica Patterson.

Heard's father says his daughter and her mother have been working hard for a long time to ensure she's financially set for college.

“Honestly, between the both of them they been on it for the last two years. I'm talking about 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning doing interviews, essays, applications, I mean they been on it,” said Allen Heard.

Each organization presented their own scholarships with a total of about $20,000 awarded. The program was hosted by the Iota Upsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.

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