Dr. RoseMary Weaver of Pocahontas was guest speaker at the Annual Foundation Scholarship Luncheon held April 24 in the Randolph County Development Center. The event is held each year to acknowledge the financial contributions of businesses and individuals to the Foundation for scholarships, along with the students who are the recipients of those scholarships.
In keeping with the theme of the event, Weaver thanked the scholarship donors for planting and nurturing the seeds – the students – so they would have opportunity to grow and flourish. She referred to BRTC as the container in which the seeds have been planted, providing the foundation needed for growth.
Kelly Rose, Foundation Board Chair, welcomed the guests who enjoyed a nice meal prepared by BRTC’s Dietetics Department and entertainment provided by BRTC’s Kimbrough Choir under the direction of Joniece Trammel and accompanied by Glenda Blassini.
Foundation Board member Scott Trammel gave the invocation. Rose and Trammel, together, acknowledged the donors, while Foundation Board member Carol Belford-Lewallen announced the scholarship recipients and introduced the guest speaker.
Brandi Beckman, Dawn Jansen, and Roseann Thomason, student recipients, each gave an emotional and heartfelt testimony, expressing their appreciation to the donors for making a difference in their lives and providing them with the opportunity to pursue their education. Each hope that one day they, too, can pay it forward and help someone just as they have been helped.
Weaver is the K-12 Curriculum Specialist for the Pocahontas Public School District. She previously taught at Williams Baptist College where she directed the implementation of the BSE program.