On June 22, the NAACP will hold its annual banquet at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. Along with food and entertainment, 30 scholarships will be awarded to local students.
What is the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and what does it do?
This banquet is held to honor the 30 scholarship recipients and also award about fifteen students with money to help pay for school books. There will be food, entertainment, and a guest speaker. The purpose of this organization is not only to provide these scholarships but to focus on civil rights issues in the community. The organization also teaches youth to be involved in the community, which is one of the criteria’s for receiving the scholarship.
Tell us about the scholarship program
Diana Collin, who works with the scholarship recipients doing community service in Terrebonne parish, said when the program started there were only five scholarship recipients and they were only awarded $250 each. Now the program gives out $1000 to thirty students. The recipients are selected based on their community service, their GPA and those who need it most. “I wish we could give them out to everyone, but we select the students that need it the most,” said Collins.
How to attend the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
The event is open to the public and tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets in advanced call 985-791-9944. Tickets will also be available at the door.