On Saturday, June 8th, the 2019 J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Reception & Awards Luncheon was held at the Marriott Marquis – Houston. This reception marked the 10th year of the event with a total of $120,000 in academic and vocational scholarship funds awarded to 31 recipients.
The luncheon began with an invocation by Larry Sopchak and speech by Alan Robb, South Atlantic Gulf Coast District – ILA President. President Robb described the importance of scholarships to the scholars and their families and shared his goal to eventually be able to award a scholarship to every applicant. Master of Ceremonies Charles Montgomery began by speaking about the late Mr. Raspberry. “Buddy was a student for all his life in the sense he never stopped learning. He was aware of the value of a formal education and it is only fitting that his memory is honored through this scholarship fund.”
The 2019 J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship winners are as follows:
Kristen Harris (Memorial Scholarship), Citalli Martinez (Captain John T. Scardasis Scholarship), Isabella Martingano, Michael “McKane” Groover, Ivonne Prosperie, Tyler DeRose, Carsten Cherrington, Jeremiah Baldwin, Chad Aaron Johnson, Madison Segovia, Emaley Jackson, Savanna Chatman, Jordyn Groover, Analyn Gonzalez, Danielle Fitzmaurice, Elizabeth Torres, Kayla Izaguirre, Charles Osamor, Kurtis Alfafara, Gabriella Gonzalez, Rebecca Shaffer, Maisey Gonzalez, Katelyn O’Quinn, Briceyda Zepeda, Cody Keller, Ajay Chaney, Fernando Tamez, Isabella Nunez, Steban Soto, Josiah Lewis, and Abigail Stites.
The ILA proudly supports the educational endeavors of our future generations. Congratulations to our scholars and their families!
A special thank you to the J.H. “Buddy” Raspberry Board: Co-Administrators Shareen Larmond and Eric Nelson; and Trustees Adam Brooks, Chelsea Egmon, Benny Holland, Dave Morgan, Alan Robb, B. R. Williams, Eloy Cortez & Jeff Davis.