(l-r) Ahmad Nasir Williams, Christina Grace-Bishop, Taylor Boyle, Jada Brooke-Walker
2017 Annual Dorothy James Scholarship
Media Fellowship House respects its past, addresses its present and anticipates its future. In the case of today and tomorrow, MFH looks to young people, and involves them directly through the Dorothy James Scholarship Program. Each year MFH gives several college-bound students an opportunity to reflect on our organization and vie for scholarships to aid in their own future.
The Media Fellowship House foundation was laid as far back as the 19th century. “Words of the Heart” tells the story of Dorothy Biddle James, a founder of Fellowship House. However, the 18 minute video begins with her great-grandfather, Thomas Garrett, a Delaware County resident who fought, quite actively, against slavery. Garrett is credited with saving as many as 2,700 slaves who found their way north, largely through the Underground Railroad.
Dorothy James, in turn, is credited with inheriting her great-grandfather’s spirit of justice. Most importantly, she carried forward a sense of activism and involvement to make a difference. As the story progresses, the video tells of a 1943 incident talking place at a Media restaurant. As Mrs. James and a friend were out for lunch, they witnessed the refusal of service to two African-American women--Marie Whitaker and her sister. The four women left together for another dining venue, discussions took place, and the initial iteration of Media Fellowship House followed in 1944 with Mrs. James and Mrs. Whitaker the driving forces.
The Media Fellowship House Dorothy James Scholarship Program uses this historical account as a prompt for a quick yet thoughtful writing challenge which is open to students at the College Access Center of Delaware County. Immediately after watching the video, students are asked to write a 500-1,000 word essay. The focus is on feelings evoked by the story, and inspiration it may have created toward improving our communities.
Fellowship House associates evaluate the essays for understanding, insights and depth in their selection of scholarship recipients. A high point of the MFH annual dinner is presentation of the awards.
PLEASE NOTE: To participate, a high school student must be registered with the College Access Center of Delaware County. Please call 610-499-1391. The College Access Center is located on Widener’s campus.
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