Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong Awards Scholarships


Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong Awards Scholarships


April 19, 2019

KANKAKEE, IL —  On April 18, 2019, Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong hosted the African American Civic Leaders Scholarship Ceremony in partnership with the Kankakee Public Library.  An audience of approximately 60 community members attended the event. 

"I created this scholarship to remove barriers to education for African American students. Having overcome some significant challenges to earn my advanced degrees, I understand the significance of this type of assistance for our students.  I could not have done this without the partnership and support of our community partners including industry leaders, city employees, elected officials, and more.  And I appreciate being able to use my platform to raise funds for our youth," stated Mayor Wells-Armstrong.  

Three students from Kankakee High School will receive a $2000.00 scholarship upon enrollment in the college of their choice.  De'Asia Love, daughter of Ashley Edwards will attend Southern University A & M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She aspires to become a pharmacist and open her own pharmacy.  Eltiana Jefferson, daughter of Colisha Britton will attend University of Illinois in Springfield and aspires to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  Lo'Ryelle Robinson, daughter of Chenille Evans will attend Kankakee Community College.  She will be seeking a degree in exercise science with plans to work with athletes as a strength and conditioning coach/trainer.    

Geraldine Adams, a Kankakee High School alumna who graduated in 2000 and was a 2018 Kankakee County 40 Under 40 Award recipient, served as the keynote speaker for the evening.  She highlighted the contributions of African Americans and encouraged the honorees to stay focused.  "Life will continue to happen but you have to stay focused on your goals," said Adams.

Mayor Wells-Armstrong stated to the honorees, "many people go to college but we need all of you to finish college.  And then I need you all to come back home or stay connected so that you can be a resource to help someone else here in your community." 

The scholarship process included an essay requiring the applicants to share their intentions on giving back to the community.  All of the awardees would like to mentor girls and assist others in achieving their goals.

For more information, contact Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s office at (815) 933-0500. 

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