The 3rd Annual Luther Patterson Scholarship Award winners were announced on December 15, 2020, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual luncheon to announce winners was not held.
This year’s winners were Madison Hairston, a 12th grade student at Mount View High School in Welch and Keyandre D. Harrison, an 11th grade student also at Mount View. The students were awarded a $500.00 scholarship.
They are shown above holding their certificates of recognition, left to right; Keyandre Harrison, Mrs. Marilyn G. Bush, M.A., Scholarship Awards Coordinator and Faculty Emeritus, McDowell County Schools and Madison Hairston. They are standing in front of a partial view of the World War I Memorial Building in Kimball, WV, built to honor African-American soldiers who served in World War I (1914-1918).
The Luther Patterson Scholarship Awards are sponsored by Dr. Howard P. Wade, Maybeury, West Virginia, Past Commander of the Luther Patterson American Legion Post 36 in Kimball and by the Dr. Howard P. Wade Family.
Luther Patterson was the first African-American from McDowell County, West Virginia to die in service of his country in World War 1. The scholarship awards are open to participation from high school juniors and seniors enrolled in McDowell County schools.
For the 2020 student participants, the requirements were for them to prepare and submit a written essay of at least 750 words conveying the origin and history of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
The essay was to contain their informed opinion as to the types of venues and events at which the anthem should be sung and was to be included in a video of the student participants presenting the essay as well as singing or reciting, from memory, two of the 3 verses of the anthem. From those participating, the two winners were chosen.
Madison Hairston is the daughter of Donald and Robbin Hairston, and they reside in Northfork, West Virginia. Keyandre Harrison is the son of Natasha Steward, and they reside in Kimball, West Virginia.