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Two local grads awarded over $10,000 each from Bettye Smith Brown Memorial Scholarship

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Scholarship recipients Olivia Osborne and Teyanna Monroe. Photo by David Day
Scholarship recipients Olivia Osborne and Teyanna Monroe. Photo by David Day

Two local high school graduates have been selected to receive the Bettye Smith Brown Memorial Scholarship presented by the NAACP Vicksburg Chapter. Olivia Osborne and Teyanna Monroe have each been awarded over $10,000 to be applied toward their college education.

The scholarship was established by Adrienne Mosley and Fayedra Brown-Dear in loving honor of their mother, Ms. Bettye Smith Brown, who was a champion of higher education, proud native of Vicksburg and dedicated member of the NAACP Vicksburg branch.

Adrienne A. Mosley and Fayedra Brown-Dear. Daughters of Bettye Smith-Brown and originators of the scholarship. Photo by David Day
Adrienne A. Mosley and Fayedra Brown-Dear. Daughters of Bettye Smith-Brown and originators of the scholarship. Photo by David Day

Ms. Brown selflessly raised her daughters in the Christian faith with a respect for education, independence, kindness and service. Despite her limited financial resources, she supported her daughters to attend the colleges of their choice and to excel. 

scholarship award ceremony
Micayla Tatum, Bobbie Bingham-Morrow, Olivia Osborne, Teyanna Monroe, Grace Brown, Fayedra Brown-Dear, Adrienne A. Mosley. Photo by David Day

The sisters attribute their success to their mother and felt that there would be no better way to honor her memory than to help remove barriers to education and empowerment for future generations through a scholarship fund.

“Nothing beats a failure but a try.”

BETTYE SMITH BROWN

Today, the first-ever recipients of the Bettye Smith Brown Memorial Scholarship, Teyanna Monroe and Olivia Osborne, accepted their awards.  Monroe and Osborne each received $10,712.50 toward continuing their education.

Teyanna Monroe graduated Valedictorian of her class at Warren Central High School with a 4.729 GPA and will attend the University of Southern Mississippi to study forensic science and chemistry.

Teyanna Monroe
Teyanna Monroe via Facebook

Olivia Osborne, also a proud Viking, graduated with honors and ranked 12th in the class of 225 students. She will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi this fall.

Olivia Osborne
Olivia Osborne via Facebook

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

MAYA ANGELOU
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