Category Archives: Scholarship Awards

Lackeeria Mackela Lewis

2014 Scholarship Recipient


Lackeeria was born in Jamaica, West Indies. She loved school because she felt, “it was a place where teachers pushed us to do our very best, whether it was with a belt or ruler.” At the age of 11 years, Lackeeria migrated to the Philadelphia, USA.

The school she attended simply was not the same; teachers did not seem to care and doing homework or participating in extra-curricular activities was ridiculed by the students. As a result, her grades suffered. Fortunately, her dad Floyd Lewis, wanted a better life for his daughter and got her transferred to William Penn High School in Delaware, where she found nurturing teachers and students who had an interest in learning. She achieved and maintained a 3.0 GPA while participating in school activities and holding a part time job. As one teacher puts it: “Lackeeria is a young woman of outstanding character, leadership ability, and impeccable work ethic. She has consistently displayed the attitude, aptitude, and performance that are needed for success.”

She attends Delaware State University where she is majoring in English, and aspires to be a teacher. Her lifelong goal is to create a “Bridge Program” that would allow Caribbean children to obtain student visas to come to the US and obtain a college education. She believes that, education should not be compromised for not only is it strength and power, but most of all, it is individual freedom.

Amina Fayola DeVerteuil

2014 Scholarship Recipient


Amina’s mother, Kathy is from Haiti, and her father, Richard is from Trinidad.

She is a Middletown High School graduate, with a 3.0 GPA, who has a clear sense of what she wants to accomplish in college as she pursues a degree in clinical psychology. She has challenged herself in high school by taking honors and AP level classes in psychology.

Amina is out-going and personable and sees the value in helping others. She applies her energy, enthusiasm, and time to community service. She has unselfishly volun-teered more than 75 hours with the Delaware Nature Society and the Ronald McDonald House.

Amina, who is very compassionate and works well with all type of people, is currently in the Associate in Arts Program at the University of Delaware, Dover Campus.

Lance Edwards

2011 Scholarship Recipient


Lance’s paternal grandmother is from Trinidad and he is proud of the experience she shared with him and prouder yet of his father’s culture. Lance attended Polytech High School. In addition to receiving his high school diploma, he was awarded a Dental Radiology Certificate. He entered Delaware State University�s Early Bird Academic Student Program and was accepted into the SMILE – Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enrichment project as well as the Honors program. He has already earned 9 college credits. Lance hopes to intern during the summer of 2012 at a clinic in the Caribbean Islands, preferably in Trinidad. Lance’s high school counselor described that he watched Lance continue to mature into a fine young man as he participated in a number of leadership programs. Lance represented his high school as the Student Government Association Vice President and Skills USA team member. He is described as having exemplary time management skills and study habits as well as great maturity.

Lance has volunteered with the United Way of Delaware, and the Dover Air Force Base Youth Center Supreme Team. He also serves as local President of (EMBODI) Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence. He is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Lance earned a 3.0 GPA and is has a long term goal to be a Dentist.