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Believing that one person, given the opportunity, can make a difference in the world, Our Savior’s Social Ministry Committee and Memorial Gifts Board have collaborated to provide $1000.00 annual scholarships to students active-ly involved with Urban Promise Ministries in Camden who are continuing their education beyond high school. Since 2009 eleven students have been awarded scholarships. Three of those received the maximum $4000.00 for four years. Recipients must be enrolled full-time in a university, college, or trade school and must maintain a mini-mum GPA. The scholarships are made possible through an endowment fund established with generous bequests by the families of Bernadine Plotzke and Jean Patterson.

Our Savior is currently sponsoring five students.

  • Derjanai Thomas: second year at Coppin State.
  • Ashley Williams: second year at Harris School of Business
  • Pierre Joseph: first year at Albright College
  • Nioshjah (Nye) Lindsey: first year at King University
  • Kumarr Clark: senior at Rowan University

Meet two of these five young people in their own words below:

nyeDear Church of Our Savior,

My name is Nioshjah Lindsey (Nye) and I am a senior at Camden High School. I work at Ur-banPromise as a StreetLeader. Working at Urban, I feel at home, I can be a teen with the rest of my peers. I have accomplished things I doubted I could do, and thanks to Urban and the great staff there, I did them. They helped me come to know God better and regain my self-worth.

King University has been my dream college for a while now. Attending King will allow me to get out of my neighborhood and expand my horizons. Being in that type of environment, I can test and push myself to the limits to see what I’m capable of doing. At King, I can have the chance to explore and try new things. I’m aware that things may be difficult when I start college, but the feeling I got when I stepped on King’s campus made me feel that things would not be impossible. My goal is to be different, so that people know they can be different too. People always assume that nothing good comes out of Camden. I know that is not true: I am what good comes out of Camden. By being a role model to the younger youth, I can motivate them to also be something good that comes out of Camden.

I want to thank you for believing in me, for investing in my future. Your scholarship will bring me one step closer to my goal and it will allow me to focus on my studies and not worry about where the finances will come from. Thank you for helping me to rewrite my story into one of success and dreams achieved.

With gratitude,

Dear Lutheran Church of Our Savior,

I would like to thank y’all for supporting me this year. The year was a little hard and very long but I successfully completed it. I did not do as great as I could have, but next semester I know I will do better. Last semester I really enjoyed my history classes but I learned that online classes are really not for me. I had World Lit online, at first I was passing but when the middle of the semester rolled around things became harder because the communication with my professor was not great at all, she wasn’t helpful to me.

I was in a sport, well I do not consider cheerleading a sport but I am a cheerleader for Coppin State football team. I am also on the cheerleader board as the senator. My plans for next semester are to become more involved in school. I plan on doing work study and getting a job on campus. I learned that I need to find a good support team down in school because I was getting upset and overwhelmed throughout the semester.
Once again I really would like to thank Lutheran Church of Our Savior for supporting my dreams thank you.

Derjanai Thomas