Southern University Alumni L.A.'s 'Jags on the Lawn' Presents Scholarships, Mentors to SU Students

Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter's 'Jags on the Lawn' Presents Scholarships, Mentors Jaguars, unite! Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter scholarship recipients are flanked by Committee Co-chairs Dyvar Anderson (far left) & Lois C. Hale (far right) during the chapter's Second Annual, "Jags on the Lawn."



LOS ANGELES, AUG. 25, 2017 - Shortly before six local Southern University and A&M College students began the fall semester on Aug. 21, they received $8,000 in Founders' Scholarships during the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter's Second Annual, "Jags on the Lawn."  


The event reunited supporters of the Baton Rouge, La., university, the 512-acre flagship campus of the world's only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) System. But, after the hugs and pictures, Scholarship Chairperson Dyvar Anderson explained why alumni, students and their families gathered at a Los Angeles residence. 


"Whether we pay it forward financially, support it physically by volunteering our time, or promoting it verbally and encouraging our young people to attend, we all are Southern’s future," declared the St. Francisville, La., native. Anderson earned a bachelor's in business management with a minor in computer science in 1984. 


She introduced three first-time freshman scholarship recipients to the audience. 


Carson native Kamari Harris, a 2017 graduate of Long Beach Unified School District's California Academy of Math and Science, received $1,000. Recognized as a top student in business and economics in high school, Harris is interested in green environments and creating flood-resistant foundations. She is a civil engineering major.


Jasmine Grover of Long Beach received $1,250. The 2017 graduate of her hometown's Woodrow Wilson Classical High School was an Honor Roll student and Young Black Scholars club member. She is a sociology major.


Michaela Culbertson, a 2017 honors graduate of Riverside's John W. North High School, was a student-athlete. Named one of Riverside's 25 Most Remarkable Teens by its city council, Culbertson is a nursing major. She received $2,000.


Three Southern University sophomores were also honored.


Mass communications major Kamren Phillips received $1,000. She is a member of the Southern University Alumni Federation's Club 41, which allows students professional development opportunities with Federation personnel. 


Winchester native Makaylah Thompson spent her summer as a caregiver. The therapeutic rehabilitation major received $1,250. Known for her communication and marketing skills, she plans to become a physician.


A former Totty Hall residential assistant, Menifee native Danielle Tolliver received $1,500. The nursing major plans to become a neonatal intensive care unit nurse practitioner.


Chapter Vice President Douglas Robinson, a Scholarship Committee member who also catered the event, explained why the recipients will continue to excel. "They understand that the right balance of academic and extracurricular activities helps them change communities." 


Robinson, a Columbia, La., native, is a 1998 broadcast journalism graduate of Southern.


The students also made a good impression on Scholarship Committee Co-chair Lois C. Hale, a Glenmora, La., native. "This event gave our scholarship recipients a chance to meet each other. Our returning students embraced our first-time students, immediately," the 1967 education graduate said. Hale is also the chapter's chaplain.


First-time freshman Elise Turner, a 2017 graduate of Harbor City's Nathaniel Narbonne High School, explained how the event prepared her for college.  " Jags on the Lawn helped me prepare for my freshman year at Southern University because the returning students who were at the event were very informative about what to expect during my first year of college."


The accounting major said the sophomores were candid. "When I asked the returning students questions about the school, they didn't just tell me all the good of the school. They informed me of some challenges I will be facing my freshman year, but they also reminded me that the key to being successful in college is to stay focused."


The students also joined the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter's mentor program, the first of its kind for any Southern University alumni chapter. Program Chairperson Alex Wade, a 1988 fine arts graduate of Southern, explained the importance of mentors. 


"Be it academically or socially, the ability to count on people who can assist you when you attend college out of state is vital. You need family. Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter is a family," Wade, a Compton native, said. 


Dyvar Anderson echoed Wade's statements. "I gained two daughters through the Mentorship program. Their giggles as incoming freshmen give me the warm fuzzies."


About Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter


The idea of the Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter was initially conceived in WWII-era 1945 by a small group of Southernites, including Elizabeth Cooper Profit, Juanita Lucien Jones and Bertha Harrell Sims, while standing on the steps of the 28 th Street YMCA.


Other founders, including Ike Adams, Angus Bates, Cleo Adams Gransberry, Charles Jordon, John W. Redfud, Genevieve Taylor Redfud, Angele Battle-Thomas and Wilbert Woodruff helped to enhance that vision. Bertha Harrell Sims became the first President of the chapter.


Southern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter’s mission is to financially assist prospective and current Southern University students. Since its founding in 1945, the chapter has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to 100 Southern University students from Southern California and surrounding areas. Its current president is Camille Mayo. 


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