- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The Sunday (Aug. 11) worship service at Cummings Street Baptist Church was filled with excitement as it was announced that the Eugene Waller Scholarships would be presented. While the students had been notified, the congregation was unaware of the recipients.
Many of those attending commented that they were proud to see young African-American men engaged in positive pursuits. The students themselves seemed happy and motivated to fulfill the late Rev. Waller's vision for "a powerful, educated, informed leadership to serve God and man!"
The 2013 Eugene Waller Scholarship recipients were: Tommie Biles, Myles Brooks, Andre Cleveland, Randall Hill, Victoria Neal, Ciara Oliver, Quentin Payne and Quinton Shaw.
The annual event also included the presentation of awards to members of longstanding.
Peggy W. Faulkner, who presented the Eugene Waller Faithfulness Award and the Aurelia Waller Virtuous Woman Award, said she had a really "warm, fuzzy" feeling while doing so.
"My brother and I began giving these awards three years ago with the intention of spotlighting some of the older members who have been in the trenches with Cummings Street all of our lives and even before," said Faulkner.
"It was our goal also to acquaint our many new members with the people who have been the foundation of the church."
This year, the "foundation" honorees included Frank Leigh, Ann Brewer, Lottie Strong and Eddie Irions. Faulkner said they personify the "virtues of stewardship and service by their willingness to give of their resources and talents to further the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
All sponsors and supporters of the scholarship fund received a scroll with scriptures about faith, a pen with the Missionary Society's name on it, and a CD of one of Rev. Waller's sermons on faith.