The Southwest Riverside NAACP Branch 1034 provided four of the six awardees with certificates for $500 scholarships.  Each of the candidates were selected on the basis of their

Grade Point Average and their essays.  Include are Kevin L. Little, 17 graduate from Murrieta Valley Hi and will be attending St. John State University in Stanton, NY; Giovanna K. Mireles, 18 graduate from Lakeside High School and will be attending Biola University, La Mirada, CA; Erica V. Williams, 18, graduate from Elsinore High School and will be attending Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos and Tiffany O. Gyasi, 17, graduate from Murrieta Mesa High School and will be attending Cal Baptist University in Riverside, CA.  Not present were Kiana A. O’Neal, 18, graduate from Lake Elsinore High School and will be attending Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia  and Brittany M. Mitchell, 17, graduate from Vista Murrieta High School and will be attending Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos, CA.

Include in the presentation of the NAACP Scholarship Award Certifications, Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries of the 66th District prepared Certificates of Recognition for each of the students.

A special scholarship award was given to Victor LaMarr Jones, a long term awardee who received his BS degree from Howard University is will continue working for a Doctorate Degree with the support from NAACP member Barbara Anderson.


Another special action occurred during the Scholarship Gala and what was the delivery of Special Awards to members in our community. The first award, the Loraine Watts Community Involvement Award was given to Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster for his fights for equality, justice and community unity.  The Spiritual Leadership Award was given to Pastor Gary L. Adams for his tireless, inspirational and professional leadership  in the Inland Empire communities; his actions associated with youth activities and church food and clothing ministry.  

The Dream Builder Award was given to Shonda Hollowell inrecognition for her development of a community program that encourages young ladies to develop their dreams, challenges and goals that result in a positive impact on their lives.    The Community Partnership Appreciation Award was given to Randon Lane for his tireless efforts in working in the community and his support to our NAACP Branch in the Scholarship Program. The Small Business Appreciation Award was presented to Rita Wilsey of the Lake Elsinore Valley Rentals For her unwavering support for three years in the use of equipment needed for our use at our Juneteenth Celebrations

 and The NAACP Branch 1034 Member Appreciation Award was presented to Mary Venerable.

for her tireless efforts to increase community awareness of the NAACP Branch, her individual action to increase membership of the branch and her action and  support to raise funds for the branch and  the Scholarship Program.


Finally, a special award was provided to a pioneer Montford Point Marine, David Jones, for his receipt of a Congressional Gold Medal of honor in June 2012. He lives in Lake Elsinore and was among 200 living African Americans to receive this award.


The final point ending the program was the announcement of  “Change is on the Rise” a fundraising effort to raise funds for the NAACP Branch 1034 General Operations and programs.

Members of the NAACP and the public are advised to watch for more information on