Dr. Nate Lowe Day Launches 2014 Cultural Awareness Week
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s 2014 Cultural Awareness Week officially kicked off Monday morning with Dr. Nate Lowe Day.
A CCC alumnus, Dr. Nathaniel Lowe is a retired U.S. Marine and founder of the Nate Lowe and Associates Consulting Services in San Diego, California, which specializes in assisting new businesses and existing businesses enter in to the market of Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation service.
Lowe has credited CCC for giving him to the opportunity to begin his collegiate career, and chose to show his appreciation by offering $500 scholarships to current CCC students that met a certain criteria, which included a 3.8 GPA and submitting a two-page essay about their educational aspirations and how they plan to use them to benefit society.
CCC students, faculty and staff, and community members gathered in the Pinnacle for the program titled “My Vision For A Better Tomorrow” honoring the three chosen scholarship recipients—Lisa Ramsey, Mary Shields and Mildrica Cannon.
CCC’s Emmanuel Lackey was the M.C. for the event.
“Today we celebrate one of own,” Lackey told the crowd. “Dr. Nate Lowe is truly a testament that humble beginnings can bring successful endings.”
After opening remarks from Lackey, the invocation was given by Orlando Paden, followed by a instrumental selection of, “I Believe I can Fly” with Ezra Howard on the saxophone and Christopher Dixon on the piano.
Cynthia Williams-Roberson then gave a brief synopsis about the scholarship before recipients presented their winning essays.
Ramsey, a non-traditional student, said in her essay that although she had accomplished many goals in life, she initially failed at one—getting an education. Recognizing the mistake after losing her long-time job, Ramsey enrolled at CCC in July 2012 and is pursuing a degree in social work.
Shields, also a non-traditional student, said she always yearned for a college degree, but it seemed the time was never right. However, after failing to get a promotion at work because she didn’t have necessary education, Shields decided the time had come. Now she’s working to become the first of nine siblings to obtain a college degree.
Cannon, a traditional student, is pursuing a degree in education and plans to further her education at Alcorn State University. She plans to give back to her community by “educating the minds of our youth.”
Lackey then gave a sermonic of, “To God Be The Glory” followed by CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner who presented the scholarships to the students and gave remarks.
During his remarks, Towner encouraged other to follow Lowe’s example.
“I applaud Dr. Lowe….and thank him for this gesture of kindness. I like his spirit, his desire to give back,” said Towner. “Although most of us can’t write big checks, we all can do what we can.”
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